Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program (Fi2)

PAR-16-130
Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program (Fi2)
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health

Section I. Funding Opportunity Descriptionresearch-funding-process

The overall goal of the Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical research needs. The NIGMS PRAT Program can be found at the website http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/Pages/PRAT.aspx. In 1965, the first cohort of postdoctoral fellows entered the NIGMS PRAT Program to begin a period of research training in the NIH Intramural Research Program.  Since this time, numerous PRAT alumni have become leaders in their respective fields and across multiple career sectors.  Although this program grew out of a desire to train more individuals in the field of pharmacology, the program has broadened over time and now supports all research areas within the mission of NIGMS.  In 2012, the name of the program was changed to the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program in recognition of the diversity of disciplines supported by the program, but the core features of the program remain the same.  The NIGMS PRAT Program continues to provide access to excellent research, mentoring, and career development resources in the NIH Intramural Research Program and maintains a focus on training leaders in the basic biomedical sciences.

The NIGMS PRAT Program’s overarching goal is to provide high-quality research training in the basic biomedical sciences, in NIH intramural research laboratories, to a diverse group of postdoctoral fellows to prepare them for leadership positions in biomedical careers. This training includes a mentored laboratory experience as well as intensive career and leadership development activities.  Fellows selected for the NIGMS PRAT Program will receive three years of support from this mechanism.

The NIGMS PRAT Program will support fellowship training within the NIH Intramural Research Program that is focused on NIGMS mission-related areas of basic biomedical science. These include but are not limited to cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, computational biology, technology development and bioinformatics. Studies employing model organisms are encouraged.  Fellows can conduct this work in any of the NIH Institutes or Centers with an Intramural Research Program, with mentors who have relevant experience in these areas of research.  This arrangement allows fellows from a wide array of diverse scientific disciplines to interact on a regular basis and to exchange ideas.

The NIGMS PRAT program distinguishes itself from other postdoctoral training opportunities on the NIH campus through its approach to cultivating the next generation of leaders in the basic biomedical sciences.  Fellows selected for this program are from a wide array of basic biomedical research disciplines.  The fellows interact on a regular basis to present their research and exchange ideas during a monthly seminar series combining a research presentation from a current PRAT fellow with a presentation from an outside speaker.  This communication across disciplines fosters discussion of new research approaches and a deeper appreciation of the contributions these diverse disciplines make to the basic biomedical research enterprise.  The program further broadens the experience of participating fellows by providing intensive mentoring and defined career development activities focused on topics such as leadership skills, oral presentations, and grant-writing as part of the training curriculum.   Fellows selected for the PRAT program are required to participate in the PRAT-sponsored training activities.  The PRAT Program Director(s) oversees all activities of the NIGMS PRAT Program and provides additional mentoring to PRAT fellows.

NIGMS PRAT fellows are encouraged to broaden their training by attending scientific seminars on the NIH campus, traveling to scientific meetings, participating actively in lab meetings, making scientific presentations and publishing the results of their research. Fellows receive formal training in the ethical conduct of research and scientific methods, including a focus on the reproducibility of data. All fellows are strongly encouraged to take courses in quantitative biology and statistics, if they have not already done so. Fellows are exposed broadly to the cutting-edge technologies for which the intramural program is noted.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-16-130
Funding Opportunity Title: Intramural NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program (Fi2)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:  
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:  
Expected Number of Awards:  
CFDA Number(s): 93.859 — Biomedical Research and Research Training
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
Version: Synopsis 1
Posted Date: Sep 07, 2016
Last Updated Date: Sep 07, 2016
Original Closing Date for Applications: Oct 03, 2018  
Current Closing Date for Applications: Oct 03, 2018  
Archive Date: Nov 03, 2018
Estimated Total Program Funding:  
Award Ceiling:  
Award Floor:

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants: State governments
City or township governments
County governments
Special district governments
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Additional Information

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Description: The NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Programs overarching goal is to provide high quality postdoctoral research training in the basic biomedical sciences, in NIH intramural research laboratories, to a diverse group of postdoctoral fellows to prepare them for leadership positions in biomedical careers. The research projects proposed should focus on NIGMS mission-related areas of basic biomedical science. These include cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, computational biology, technology development and bioinformatics. Studies employing model organisms are encouraged.
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