The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) is accepting applications for the 2015 Oregon Scientist Development Award, which supports highly promising biomedical scientists seeking to develop their research careers in Oregon.
The OSDA is designed to support exceptional, but not yet fully independent, young investigators seeking to make the transition from an intermediate rank to scientific independence. This includes investigators currently at the level of staff scientist, research assistant professor, instructor or similar transitional appointments. Applicants must be in a rank that is eligible to submit independent R01s and similar grant applications. Because this award is meant to foster development of an independent research program, a minimum 25 percent FTE must be put to the project. Tenure track or new investigators with start-up packages are not eligible for this application.
Criteria for the award include exceptional quality of the applicant, strength of the research plan, strength of the career development plan, the research environment and degree of institutional/mentor commitment. Letters of support from a mentor and department chair need to accompany grant applications. Application guidelines can be found here.