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UPDATE July 28, 2017

Dear Postdocs,

Quick update with some funding opportunities. In particular, first-year postdocs might be eligible to apply for the prestigious  NIH Director's Early Independent Award. If you want to apply, you need to notify the Office of Proposal Development by  COB on Monday, July 31, because SBU only has two proposal slots. See details below.

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, IREP Office and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Jobs & Funding

  1. NIH Director's Early Independence Award, Intent to Apply Deadline: July 31
  2. Gain NSF Proposal Experience as a Panelist for Grad Research Fellowships
  3. Keck Grad Inst Professional Master's & Bioscience Management Programs
  4. Two Adjunct Teaching Positions in SBU Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Resource Spotlight

  1. Having children during your postdoc? NPA offers guidance on salary & research planning for expecting parents

Jobs & Funding

1.  NIH Director's Early Independence Award, Intent to Apply Deadline: July 31

The SBU Office of Proposal Development is seeking applicant for the two institutional nominations to the NIH Director's Early Independent Award. The  NIH Director's Early Independence Award supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.  Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs and the project period is limited to 5 years and the institution may submit 2 proposals.

To be considered for this program, the candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Receipt date for terminal research degree or completion of clinical residency must occur between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018
  • Must receive a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution (it is the responsibility of the sponsoring institution to determine if a foreign doctoral degree is equivalent) by time of appointment to the grantee institution
  • Must be in a non-independent research position at the time of application submission
  • Must commit at least 9.6 person-months each year during the first 2 years to the award project, followed by 9.6 person-months each year towards independent research in general
  • Must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow for more than one year

Interested candidates should carefully review the eligibility requirements and inform the Office of Proposal Development of any potential submissions, as the institution may only submit 2 proposals.
Please inform OPD of your intent to submit an application by Monday, July 31, 2017.

Historically, we have seen a low interest in this opportunity, likely due to the stringent eligibility requirements.   However, if more than 2 eligible candidates are interested in applying, the Office for the Vice President for Research will conduct a formal internal competition.

The NIH deadline for this proposal is Friday, September 22, 2017.

Program Solicitation: 
Program FAQs: 

Feel free to send your intent to apply and/or any questions/concerns to

2.  Gain NSF Proposal Experience as a Panelist for Grad Research Fellowships

NSF is seeking panel reviewers for the next round of Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) applications. GRFP is the premiere grad student fellowship from NSF and supports students across all NSF-funded disciplines. Being a reviewer is one of the best ways to learn about the NSF proposal process and its review criteria. 

If you'd like to be considered for selection as a panelist, you can register  HERE . Registering does not mean you are committed to participating. SBU postdocs have reviewed in the past and it's great experience for you and for your CV. Contact the Postdoc Office if you'd like to talk with folks who have done it before.

To Register:  If you haven't reviewed before, click Create an Account and get started. You'll need an updated copy of your CV to upload.

See the Program Solicitation,  NSF 16-588, for more details on GRFP.

Below are details of the 2018 panels:
  • All reviews and panels will be conducted online without travel requirements.  There will be  no on-site participation for the GRFP panels; the panels are completely virtual.      
  • In November, panelists must attend an orientation session webinar, selecting one from several available sessions. This is required for both new and returning panelists, as orienting information is subject to change.
  • Panelists review graduate school-like applications that include one 3-page statement, one 2-page statement, transcripts, and three reference letters.
  • Each panelist will review approximately 30 assigned applications in early December, over the course of about 4 weeks. 
  • Panelists will enter their reviews and ratings online.
  • In January 2018, panels will convene online using WebEx for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (either  Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and  Friday) to discuss the applicant pool and make selection recommendations to NSF.
  • Selected panelist who are U.S. Citizens can qualify for a $200 flat rate payment per day per full 4hr panel they attend.

3.  Keck Grad Inst Professional Master's & Bioscience Management Programs

Are you looking for a career in biotech but losing out to candidates with business experience? Keck Graduate Institute's  Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) or  Certificate in Bioscience Management (CBM) can help get you there!

These programs combine your PhD level science with skills in management to prepare you for a high level career in the biotech industry or as an entrepreneur. 

There is still time to apply for Fall 2017! A limited number of FULL scholarships, provided by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, remain available for CBM students beginning in Fall 2017.  Begin your application  here .

To Apply:

4 .  Two Adjunct Teaching Positions in SBU Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Two adjunct positions are available for postdocs to teach in the Clinical Laboratory Science program at the School of Health Technology and Management. The two courses are for undergraduates: Biochemistry and  Research Literacy and Design. 

One of our postdocs has taught these classes in the past and estimates the time commitment at: 
the biochem course is 3hr/week and the research literacy and design course is 1hr/week. She would be pleased to talk with anyone about the courses. You can reach her at:

Program Information:

Contact: Gloria Viboud, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Sciences,

Resource Spotlight

Having children during your postdoc? NPA offers guidance on salary & research planning for expecting parents

Postdocs often have limited parental leave benefits,   a recent study finds. To help postdocs understand their rights to take maternity and paternity leave, as well as their salary and research options, the National Postdoctoral Association developed two guides:   A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave  and   Postdoc's Guide to Paternity Leave. Postdocs will need to adapt this guidance to their specific institution and circumstances, but these resources also offer guidance on how to talk to your supervisor/PI, how to make a research plan for your leave, and how to transition back to work. 

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