Training Grant Director

March 23, 2018

The “No Tears NRSA” : How to Successfully Prepare and Submit an Individual NRSA Fellowship Application

Just in time to prepare for the NIH April 8 deadline for Individual (F Series) NRSA Awards, OSR has posted a new microlearning module about how to successfully prepare and submit a “No Tears NRSA” to help fellows - and the RAs working with fellows.

March 23, 2018

xTRACT Anticipated to be Required in Fiscal Year 2020

In October 2015, eRA introduced xTRACT as an electronic system within eRA Commons for creating research training data tables and tracking trainee outcomes. xTRACT permits users to leverage data already in eRA Commons to pre-populate training tables with trainee names, institution information, award information, etc., which can be used both in new application submissions and for progress reports. 

March 23, 2018

NIH Seeks Comments on Lab Animal Policies

Through your participation, the NIH hopes to gain insights into how they can best improve the coordination and harmonization of regulations and policies with respect to research with laboratory animals.

February 28, 2018

Training Grant Data Collection Survey Available

As mentioned in the previous Directors meeting, The Training Grant Support Office has created a brief survey about the faculty data collection process for training grants. Please provide feedback to the Training Grant Support Office regarding the faculty data collection process via a brief survey.

February 26, 2018

GRAND Spring Conference Registration Open

Please join the AAMC in DC for the 2018 GRAND Spring Conference April 18-20, 2018, focused on pressing issues in biomedical research. Complete program, hotel, and travel information are available on the 2018 GRAND meeting website.

February 26, 2018

Assessing Research and Education

Several articles discuss innovations in how research and training are judged.

February 26, 2018

BEST Roadshow Workshops Available

NIH’s Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program has a catalog of training workshops that have been tried and improved at their 17 institutions, and the workshops are now being offered to the wider community in the BEST Road Show.

February 26, 2018

NIH FOA to Develop Training Modules to Enhance the Rigor and Reproducibility (R25)

The NIH released a Research Education Program (R25) funding announcement that supports educational activities to enhance the training of the biomedical workforce.

February 26, 2018

Training Grant Directors Meeting Notes Available

Thank you to all who attended the Training Grant Directors Meeting on February 1st. Meeting notes and information are now available in the Northwestern Training Grant Directors folder in Northwestern Box.

February 26, 2018

New FOA Numbers for NRSA Fellowships Released

The NIH has released new FOA numbers of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowships. Please see the new announcements in this article.

February 19, 2018

Grad and Postdoc Career Development Workshop: “Incorporating Primary Literature into the STEM Classroom”

Join Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning on March 13 for "Incorporating Primary Literature into the STEM Classroom". In this workshop, they will discuss the importance of primary literature as a teaching tool.

February 19, 2018

Grad and Postdoc Career Development Workshop: "Facilitating Learning with Small Group Work to Make a Bigger Impact"

Join Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Development on March 6 for "Facilitating Learning with Small Group Work to Make a Bigger Impact". This workshop equips TAs to identify opportunities for group work, utilize different small group formats that can target specific needs and objectives, and practice group work in their own classroom.

February 19, 2018

Searle Center's Grad and Postdoc Career Development Workshop: "Climate Change: Establishing a Community-Centered Classroom"

Join the Searle Center's Graduate and Postdoctoral Learning program for "Climate Change: Establishing a Community-Centered Classroom" on March 1. This workshop focuses on building community among students as peers and students and their instructors.

February 19, 2018

NIH Proposal Writing Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Winter Quarter 2018

The Graduate School will offer a proposal writing workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The workshop is for those preparing a proposal for the upcoming NIH NRSA deadline. This workshop will also be beneficial for postdoctoral fellows developing K99 proposals.

February 16, 2018

Computational Research Day 2018

Attention students and postdocs! Display your research, practice presenting, network with fellow researchers, and compete for prizes at Northwestern Computational Research Day on Tuesday April 10, 2018. All areas of research are welcome. This year’s event will include a Poster Contest, Visualization Competition and Lightning Talks.

February 16, 2018

Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO)'s Brain Awareness Fair

Hosted in partnership with Sullivan High School, the annual Brain Awareness Fair is NUBAO's biggest event. Over 20 exciting demonstrations and fun, hands-on activities that demonstrate how the brain works. NUBAO is always looking for enthusiastic science-minded volunteers!

February 8, 2018

NIGMS to Discontinue Participation in NIH NRSA Individual Fellowship Award (Parent F31)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is discontinuing participation in PA-16-309 “Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)” effective immediately. NIGMS will not accept either New or Resubmission applications for PA-16-309 and its subsequent reissuances for the April 8, 2018 application due date and beyond.

February 8, 2018

NIAAA To Participate in NIH Parent T32 and Parent T35 Awards

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will participate, effective immediately, in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PA-18-403, “Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32) and FOA PA-18-404, “Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T35).

January 31, 2018

Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity Revised

This notice revises the previous Notice of NIH Interest in Diversity: NOT-OD-18-122 to clarify that Native Hawaiians are included in category A Underrepresented Populations, and that the revision to category A to permit participation in diversity programs of ‘individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution’ supersedes the current diversity language in existing funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

January 31, 2018

TGS Seeking Participants for Committee for Outreach for Individuals with Disabilities

A new committee is being formed that will focus on ways to improve outreach to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with disabilities. The committee aims to include constituents from the TGS Offices of Diversity & Inclusion, Training Grant Support Office, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Student Engagement, as well as representatives from AccessibleNU, The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

January 31, 2018

AAMC Released Statement on Continuing Resolution

The AAMC released a statement on the fourth Continuing Resolution, which extends current funding to February 8.

January 31, 2018

NIH Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students

The NIH is hosting a free Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students July 9-20, 2018, at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

January 31, 2018

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Guidance for Trainees Program and Travel Grant

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is soliciting proposals for two programs.

January 29, 2018

Grant Application Instruction Correction for Training Grants with Human Subjects Involvement

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-128 This notice corrects application form instructions related to human subjects involvement for Training (T) grant applications submitted to due dates on or after January 25, 2018. Human subjects information beyond answering the human subjects questions on the R&R Other Project Information Form is not required for Training grant applications (except D43 and K12).

January 29, 2018

Reminder: New NSF Policies Take Effect Soon

New policies at the National Science Foundation go into effect next week. Significant changes include increasing the length of budget justifications to five pages and requiring the project description to include a section titled "Intellectual Merit."

January 29, 2018

Upcoming Training Grant Directors Meeting – February 1st

The next Training Grant Directors meeting will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 12 PM in Wieboldt Hall Room 421 on the Chicago campus and in The Graduate School Conference Room, GSCR (first floor of the North Tower in the Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark Street, Evanston campus).

January 24, 2018

National Cancer Institute's National Graduate Student Recruitment Program (GSRP)

Applications are currently being accepted for the National Cancer Institute’s Graduate Student Recruiting Program (GSRP).

January 22, 2018

Research Safety Student Initiative Hosting Safety Awareness Week

The Research Safety Student Initiative (RSSI) is hosting its first Safety Awareness Week on February 19 – 23 to promote awareness of research safety.

January 18, 2018

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Town Hall

An online town hall on February 1st will provide an overview of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the information applicants need to submit an application for the 2018 Broad Funding Announcement. Research areas are listed below.

January 18, 2018

Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health

The Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) Award is now accepting applications for a tentative July 1, 2018 start date.