The GrantDoctor: Soft Skills and Transition Awards


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Dear GrantDoctor,

I work as a scientific editor in a large university medical center, where I also teach scientific writing to postdocs, junior faculty, and medical residents who are doing biomedical research. I am wondering about funding opportunities for curriculum development in this area. Since I am not on the faculty, I could apply for funding with my supervisor, who is an associate-level professor (MD, MPH).

Your help with this “niche” will be greatly appreciated, as I have had no luck turning up anything on my own, and yet there is quite a demand for better quality manuscripts.

Sincerely,Pamela

Pamela,

There is a great deal of interest, nationwide, in developing “soft skills” for future scientists. This was a major theme of the recent second COSEPUP convocation on Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers, and it will be very much on the agenda for a June 16 meeting at the National Academies, on fostering the independence of new investigators.

Be Well,

The GrantDoctor

 

Dear GrantDoctor,

I’m a postdoc of 5 years, trying to make that transition to an independent lab. What are my best grant options for behavioral neuroscience?

Thanks,Gwendolyn

Dear Gwendolyn,

Increasingly, though, the route to independence leads not through a faculty search committee, but through your own institution’s grants office. Sometimes they’ll give you lab space as long as you can pay the freight–your own salary, plus overhead. With all these options it’s hard to say what sort of support is most appropriate for a transition to independence, in behavioral neuroscience or other fields.

    Be Well,

    The GrantDoctor

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