Archive for October, 2011


Two sources of great advice on NIH grants (and probably grants in general)

October 31, 2011


The Powerpoint presentation attached above is from Dr. Peter Wagner, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Bioengineering at UCSD. It’s an excellent set of instructions for preparing NIH grant applications. It tells you how to do the abstract, the specific aims, and the budget.
I also learned a lot from reading this (short) article that he wrote:

1991 Wagner, P.D. On writing a grant application: a personal view. The Physiologist 34(2):29-31.

I recommend that you both read the attached slides and look up the article.


CLIR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

October 28, 2011

The Council on Library and Information Resources Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources provide funding for dissertation research in the humanities and related social sciences. Approximately 15 fellowships will be awarded. Fellows receive $2,000 per month for 9-12 months, plus $1,000 if you submit an acceptable report and participate in a symposium.

Application deadline: 5:00 PM Eastern Time November 15


Tips for NIH F32 Post-doc proposals (and presumably post-doc proposals in general)

October 28, 2011

I just found this list of advice for those preparing proposals for an NIH F32 post-doctoral fellowship. It’s from someone who was an F32 reviewer in 2006, and a lot of the content surprised me. I suspect a fair amount of the advice would apply to other post-doc applications as well.


Correction to NPSC deadline

October 27, 2011

Earlier I posted that the deadline for the National Physical Sciences Consortium’s awards was November 5. The correct deadline is November 30. The mailings I received apparently had an error.


Internal NIH NRSA and F31 Diversity Deadlines for upcoming application cycle

October 27, 2011

If you are applying for an NIH Ruth Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) or F31 Diversity award for the December application cycle, remember that you have to submit your application to OGS well in advance of the national deadline.

Standard NRSA: Submit to OGS no later than Monday, November 28

F31 Diversity: Submit to OGS no later than Tuesday, November 29

On a related note, I’ll be out of the office starting Thursday, November 17, and will not be able to check email until I return on November 28, so it would be good to direct NRSA-related questions to me before then.


Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund 2012-13 Competition Application Now Available!

October 27, 2011

Quite a few people have been asking me about this one, so I’m happy to be able to announce that we’ve received the invitation to submit applications for the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships!

UCSD Internal Deadline: Friday, January 6, 4:30 PM

UCSD may nominate up to 3 applicants.

The award will cover your tuition and give you an $18,000 stipend, plus possible publishing and research cost support. Fellows can apply for renewal; maximum support is three years.


-Currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning (of which UCSD is one)

-Pursing program of study in “any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or other formal professional training),” but, “The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.”

-Have received a baccalaureate degree and have an outstanding undergrad academic record

-Demonstrate financial need

-Be a US citizen

I will have paper copies of the application soon. Please come by my office to pick one up. You will need to submit one original plus four copies to me by our internal deadline. In the meantime, please read the fund conditions:

DZL Conditions 2012-2013


2012 Nordic Research Opportunity for those with an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

October 27, 2011

Did you succeed in the NSF GRFP competition? If so, you have an additional opportunity to conduct research in Norway, Finland, Denmark, or Sweden. Start contacting your proposed host institution now, well in advance of the deadline.

We are pleased to announce the 2012 Nordic Research Opportunity, available as a Supplemental Award, for NSF Graduate Research Fellows. NSF, the Research Council of Norway (RCN), the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), the Academy of Finland, the Danish National Research Foundation and the Swedish Research Council will support on a competitive basis research visits of 2-12 months or 3-12 months (country-specific) in Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. This international research opportunity is intended to enrich the Graduate Research Fellows’ experience through cooperative activities with leading Nordic scientists and institutions, thus enabling them to develop early-career collaborations with international research partners. Results of the research collaboration are expected to expand opportunities for innovation and add an international dimension to Fellow research projects. Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows who have completed at least one year of graduate study and who are studying at U.S. institutions are encouraged to contact potential Nordic host institutions for detailed information on current research activities at that site. Please read the announcement (Dear Colleague Letter) on the NSF Website at: The 2012 Supplement Request Deadline is January 20, 2012. Announcement of supplement awards will be made in April, 2012. If you have any questions after reading the Dear Colleague Letter, please contact Gisele Muller-Parker, email:

We hope you give this funding opportunity to establish collaborations with Nordic colleagues serious consideration as your research programs develop.