Dear Colleague Letter: Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support

NSF has identified improvement in graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce (read more) as one of its Agency Priority Goals. As part of this goal, supplemental funding is available in FY 2016 and FY 2017 to support science and engineering doctoral students so that they can acquire the knowledge, experience, and skills needed for highly productive careers, inside and outside of academe. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities, and has historically encouraged investigators to include such activities in proposals. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes a variety of opportunities across the Foundation designed to explore approaches that will position NSF-funded graduate students for success in the 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.
NSF will consider support for supplements to existing research awards to enhance professional development opportunities for students in PhD programs as described by each Directorate/Office. These descriptions can be found below. Interested investigators should contact the cognizant program officers listed on the opportunities.
Read more: NSF 16-067

An interesting new development on the citizen science/open science front:

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new hub for biomedical citizen science! In an effort to help connect the widely dispersed practitioners and resources of biomedical citizen science, we (NIH) have teamed up with HUBzero to build The hub is designed to be a collaborative virtual environment, and to be complementary to existing citizen science and crowdsourcing websites, toolkits, and project databases.

The Biomedical Citizen Science Hub is sponsored by the Division of Cancer Biology and the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health. Our intent is to create an online collaboration space for the growing and virtually dispersed biomedical citizen science resources, projects, references, methods, and communities to be discovered and engaged by interested stakeholders. CitSciBio is open to the public and free to join. Resources (such as videos, fact sheets, and power point presentations) are publicly available. Join in, and you can create groups to collaborate on projects, write papers, and more.

Bio Medical Research Collaborative Research Travel Grants

The Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 in support for relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists and trainees (postdocs or fellows) at U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions. Grants must be used for domestic or international travel to another lab to learn new research techniques or begin or continue a collaboration to address biomedical questions. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have doctorate level training in the physical, mathematical, or engineering sciences and are working on biomedical problems.

Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

The Simons Foundation invites applications for the Targeted Grants in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS) program, a joint endeavor of the foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Life Sciences divisions.

The Targeted Grants in the MMLS program is intended to foster a culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences by supporting the development of mathematical models that explain classes of experimental results and suggest new directions for research and experimentation aimed at testing theoretical ideas and expanding their reach.
The Targeted Grant in MMLS program aims to support research in the life sciences that breaks new conceptual or theoretical ground and relates closely to experiment, for example, by introducing new and experimentally testable concepts or by developing models that can explain data and motivate new classes of experiments.
RFA opens Summer 2016
Contact us if you are interested and we can help facilitate collaborations. Sarah Dorff 2-0132

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program.

The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics, and theoretical computer science.
RFA opens Summer 2016
Contact us if you are interested and we can help facilitate collaborations. Sarah Dorff 2-0132