Funding Fest


Schedule of Events

Finding Postdoc Funding – 5/2/22
Basics of Mentored Grant Writing – 5/18/22
American Cancer Society Funding Opportunities – 5/24/22
K99/R00 & the NIH Grant Process – 6/2/22
Fellowship Recipient Panel – 6/7/22
Non-Federal Sources Funding Opportunities Fair – 6/15/22
Ford Foundation and UC Presidents Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs – 6/28/22

Finding Postdoc Funding

Date: May 2, 2022 | Time: 1:00pm-2:30 PT | Location: Online

This 90-minute workshop will guide postdoctoral researchers through available resources to help them efficiently find funding opportunities appropriate for their research and career stage. We will utilize funding opportunity databases to create individualized proposal submission plans that postdocs can reference throughout their research career. Tips will be shared to automate future funding searches and best utilize existing resources. For the final 30 minutes of the workshop, participants will break out into institute-specific rooms to learn more about the resources and processes at their current institution.

Speaker Bio: Cory Davis serves as the Academic Personnel Analyst for academic researchers within the VCR Organized Research Units at UC San Diego and provides support for research scholars. She also reviews PI exception requests and provides institutional coordination for training grants. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from The University of Texas at Austin, her Master’s in International Studies from the University of San Francisco, and is a proud alumna of UC San Diego’s Sixth College.

Basics of Mentored Grant Writing

Date: May 18, 2022 | Time: 1:30am-3:30pm PT | Location: Online

Come and learn the fundamentals of Grant Writing, a necessary skill in academia and many other career paths. Dr. Peter Wagner from the Department of Medicine will share his vast experience of how to create a well –structured grant and the general review process the grant will receive.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Peter Wagner is Professor Emeritus of Medicine & Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. After obtaining his M.B., B.S. and B.Sc. (Medicine) degrees from Sydney University in 1968, he did postdoctoral work with Professor John West at UCSD in La Jolla after which he joined the UCSD medical faculty. His research addressed the theoretical and experimental basis of oxygen transport and its limitations in the lungs and skeletal muscles in health and disease. A particular focus was muscle capillary growth regulation using molecular biological approaches in integrated systems­ the role of O2, microvascular hemodynamics, physical factors, nitric oxide and inflammatory mediators in transcriptional regulation of angiogenic growth factors and the role of VEGF in both pulmonary and skeletal muscle structure and function.

He has served NIH as a study section member and chair, as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Physiology, President of the American Thoracic Society 2005-2006, President of the American Physiological Society in 2010, and is the Editor in Chief of Journal of Applied Physiology. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed research articles and over 100 invited chapters and other contributions.

American Cancer Society Funding Opportunities

Date: May 24, 2022 | Time: 11:00am-12:00pm PT | Location: Online

Interested in learning about funding opportunities through the American Cancer Society? As part of TPTC’s Funding Fest, on Tuesday, May 24, Dr. Nicole Lopanik will provide information about ACS fellowship and early-career award opportunities, and answer any questions you may have on submitting a strong application.

K99/R00 & the NIH Grant Process

Date: June 2, 2022 | Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm PT | Location: Online

Please join us to learn about the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) with Professor Pamela Mellon. The NIH K99/R00 program provides support to postdocs to facilitate transition to independence. The award will provide up to five years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for highly promising, postdoctoral scholars. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent research position. AND non-US citizens are eligible to apply. Professor Mellon will give an overview of the program, share her experience as a reviewer, and provide valuable tips to help your application stand out.

Speaker Bio: Prof. Pamela Mellon is the Vice-Chair for Research and Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Neuroscience at UC San Diego. Her lab studies how the brain and pituitary interact to produce hormones that control reproduction in mammals using a variety of molecular, cellular, physiological, and genomic approaches. She is the director of the NICHD Center for Reproductive Science and Medicine, the NIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Reproductive Sciences and UC San Diego Transgenic Mouse and Embryonic Stem Cell Core. Dr. Mellon is also the recipient of the MENTOR Award from the NIH NICHD and has been chair and member of the NIH Endocrinology Study Section for multiple years. In addition, she is the 2013 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring, the 2014 recipient of the Women in Endocrinology Mentor Award, the 2017 recipient of the Society for Neuroscience Mentoring Award, and the 2018 Health Sciences Mentoring Award.

Fellowship Recipient Panel

Date: June 7, 2022 | Time: 11:30am-1pm PT | Location: Online

Join us to hear from fellowship recipients as they discuss their experience applying for and receiving their awards and share their tips navigating the process. Panelists will discuss how they found and applied for their fellowships and their experience writing and submitting their applications. Don’t miss your chance to get your questions answered and learn how you can best prepare for and submit a strong fellowship application!

Non-Federal Sources Funding Opportunities Fair

Date: June 15, 2022 | Time: 11:00am-1pm PT | Location: Online

Non-federal funding agencies will share what fellowship opportunities are available to postdocs and what they are looking for from applicants and their research proposals. A Zoom link will be provided after registering.

Participating funding agencies include:

Ford Foundation and UC Presidents Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs

Date: June 28, 2022 | Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm PT | Location: Online

This workshop, given by Professor Mark Lawson, Director of the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Southern California Liaison for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Office, will provide an overview of the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP). The Ford and PPFP fellowships are open to researchers in social science, humanities, and STEM fields. PPFP fellowships are also open to anyone with authorization to work in the US. Learn about the review process for these fellowships and get tips you can use for writing a strong application!

Speaker Bio: Mark Lawson, Ph.D., is Professor In Residence of Reproductive Medicine at UC San Diego, Director of the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the Southern California Liaison for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Office. He also serves as Chair of the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.

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