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Welcome to postdoctoral training at OHSU! Whether you are a prospective, current, or former OHSU postdoctoral scholar, use these pages to find information vital to you, including resources for policies and benefits, career and professional development, research and funding, and connecting with current and former colleagues.

As an OHSU postdoctoral scholar, you are critical to our research mission and community. Without you, many of OHSU's discoveries would never be made. As such, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is dedicated to your technical and professional development, ensuring that you acquire the skills and knowledge required for your desired career.

Remember, only you can direct the course of your career. Take advantage of all the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and OHSU, has to offer. If you have questions or require assistance, please contact us at opa@ohsu.edu.

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Each week, OHSU Research Development compiles a list of funding opportunities from internal, government, and private philanthropic sponsors. It’s published on Thursdays.

Multidisciplinary ‖ OHSU Foundation Collins Medical Trust
What: Provides seed funding for projects that advance basic or clinical medical research and will be leveraged to have a greater impact in the future through being eligible for future NIH or other substantial funding; successful proposals will highlight impact on the immediate population served, Oregon, and potential national impact and preference is given to young investigators newly embarking on their research careers who are clearly supported by their respective mentors
Who should apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral fellows and assistant professors, who are clearly supported by their mentors
Award: Up to $30,000/one year
Deadline: Notice of Intent form is required; submission window starts Sept. 23, 2022 and goes through Sept. 30, 2022; Application due: Dec. 9, 2022
Questions? Contact the 
OHSU Foundation

Multidisciplinary ‖ OHSU Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Multidisciplinary Research Training in Pulmonary Medicine (NHLBI T32)
What: Multidisciplinary research training for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees conducting research related to pulmonary medicine
Who should apply: Any U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident trainee whose research and career trajectory are relevant to the biology and health care practices that relate to respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine; predoctoral candidates must have passed qualifying exams
Award: Stipend support/up to two years
How to apply: Application packets must include: NIH-formatted biosketch; career vision statement – comment on how this training opportunity would fit into overall trajectory in relation to pulmonary medicine (2-3 paragraphs); research proposal/experimental plan (1-2 pages); project narrative (2-3 sentences describing the relevance of the research to public health); and letter of support from mentor
Deadline: Sept. 28, 2022
Send questions and application to Samantha Ruimy

Gastroenterology ‖ Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care Pilot Project Grants
What: Supports basic science or clinical research projects with direct relevance to:  the treatment of pancreatitis; early detection or new therapies for pancreatic cancer; or quality of life for those suffering from pancreas disease; work proposed should not be part of an existing funded project, but should hold promise for expanding into a larger externally funded study; special interest in work that shows potential for rapid translational impact
Who should apply: OHSU faculty, staff scientists and postdocs
Award: $50,000/one year  
Deadline: Pre-application due: Sept. 30, 2022; Application due: Dec. 16, 2022

Immunology ‖ Michelson Philanthropies & Science Prize for Immunology
What: Recognizes young investigators from a wide range of disciplines including computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, protein engineering, nanotechnology, genomics, parasitology and tropical medicine, neurodegenerative diseases, and gene editing, who apply their expertise to perform research that has a lasting impact on vaccine and immunotherapy
Who should apply: Researchers who are no older than 35, hold an M.D., PhD., or M.D./Ph.D. at the time of entry, and whose research was performed during the previous three years
Award: $30,000 for grand prize winner and $10,000 for runners up
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2022

Neuroscience ‖ OHSU Department of Neurology BENFRA Pilot Study Funding
What: Supports pilot projects performed by trainee researchers on Botanicals Enhancing Neurological and Functional Resilience in Aging (BENFRA); awardees will work closely with the BENFRA Center at OHSU
Who should apply: Applications may be submitted by the trainee (undergraduate or graduate student, postdoctoral scholar) or the faculty member mentoring the trainee ; projects must include at least one OHSU faculty-level BENFRA investigator as Principal or Co-investigator and provide an opportunity for research training
Award: $15,000
Deadline: Oct. 14, 2022
Send applications (application available here) to BENFRA@ohsu.edu

Neuroscience ‖ BrightFocus Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program
What: Supports research on greater understanding, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease through Standard Awards, which provides funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, and Postdoctoral Fellowships, which fund projects in an established laboratory that will serve as the basis for the applicant’s own independent research career
Who should apply: Dependent upon award track
Award: Up to $300,000/up to three years
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2022      

Multidisciplinary ‖ BioInnovation Institute & Science Prize for Innovation
What: Recognizes researchers who are asking fundamental questions at the intersection of the life sciences and entrepreneurship and scientists who can show that they have reached across field boundaries with an enthusiasm that combines outstanding basic science with an eye toward application in the marketplace
Who should apply: Researchers who have finished their Ph.D.-level education within the last 10 years and must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., Pharm.D., or combination of these degrees at the time of entry
Award: $25,000 for grand prize winner and $10,000 for runners up
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2022

Cancer ‖ NCI Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers
What: Funding to increase and maintain a strong cohort of new, talented and NCI-supported independent investigators; includes (K99/R00 – Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)(K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and (K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Required)
Who should apply: Mentored postdocs in cancer research with no more than two years of postdoctoral research experience; more eligibility info in FOA
Award: Up to $650,000 plus indirect costs/up to five years 
Deadline: Internal submission due: Dec. 7, 2022; Application due: Feb. 28, 2023, 5 p.m. PT
Apply through the CAP

Multidisciplinary ‖ OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research
What: Funds researchers with the goal of increasing the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic scientific research at OHSU
Who should apply: Investigators with postdoctoral training experience looking to establish an independent academic research career; scholars who identify as underrepresented minorities, differently-abled and more are welcomed
Award: Up to $8,000 plus a stipend
Deadline: Applications accepted anytime

NIH Virtual Grants Conference and PreCon Events 

  • August 25: NIH Loan Repayment Programs: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers 
  • September 15: Navigating Early Career Funding Opportunities 
  • October 14: Research Misconduct & Integrity 
  • November 9: Foreign Collaborations: Policies, Processes, & Partnerships 
  • December 6 & 7: Human Subjects: Policies, Clinical Trials, & Inclusion 
  • January 12, 2023: Making the Most of the 2023 NIH Grants Conference 
  • February 1 & 2, 2023: 2023 Virtual NIH Grants Conference: Funding, Policies, & Processes 

Register to get your All-Access Conference Pass 

NIH OITE: Industry Careers Overview and Job Packages, Oct. 3 from 12:30 - 2:30pm

A key difference between industry and academia is that in industry you are expected to produce something of value to your company and the shareholders - this is the business side of science.  A PhD scientist can assume numerous roles in an industry setting including technology management, business development, project management, marketing, technical sales, regulatory affairs, quality control, quality assurance, technical support, patents, financial analysis, human resource recruitment, medical science relationship building, clinical research management, and corporate communications.  This session will highlight these career opportunities and provide insight into how to position yourself (including building your resume and cover letters) to be competitive for these jobs. 

Register here

Vollum Science Writing Class starts Oct. 5

The Vollum Science Writing Class is a professional science writing course open to OHSU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. It's taught by Rachel Dresbeck, senior director of Research Development. This class uses short lectures, class discussions and workshop-style writing assignments to help researchers learn to write better papers and grants. Topics include: 

  • The basic elements of good scientific writing style, including sentence and document structure 
  • Insight into scientific conventions regarding grammar, punctuation and usage 
  • Strategies for revising 
  • Dealing with writer’s block and time management 
  • Best practices for writing introductions, results, discussions and grant proposals 

This virtual class runs for four weeks, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, and six individual tutorials with the instructor are included. There are no prerequisites for this non-credit professional development course, but you should not take the class unless you have enough data to write about. Access Compass to register (search for Vollum Writing; for the fall session, look for Locator Number 50131. The course carries a fee of $500 per student, unless you are in a Vollum lab, an OFDIR fellow or a student in certain Ph.D. programs. Questions? Contact funding@ohsu.edu

2022 Oregon Bioengineering Symposium, Oct. 6

The fourth annual Oregon Bioengineering Symposium will be held on October 6, 2022 at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. The meeting will cover all areas of biomedical engineering, highlighting innovations in methods, materials, and models. The goal of the meeting is to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas between students, researchers and practitioners in Oregon and the surrounding region. The symposium will include featured presentations, lightning talks, an industry panel discussion, and an in-person poster session; a virtual poster session will also take place the day before the symposium. To be considered for a lightning talk or poster, an abstract must be submitted. Abstract submission is open.   

Register here

Women in Science PDX: Women in Science Nonprofits: Using your STEM Background to Improve the Common Good, Oct. 12 from 6 - 7pm

Have you ever wondered about how you could use your STEM background to make more of an impact in the field you’re most passionate about? While there are many ways to make a difference in industry and academia, opportunities to apply your skills to the nonprofit realm may be more plentiful than you think. In this panel, we will hear from women who have made careers out of using their scientific expertise in the nonprofit sector. They will discuss the paths they took to get to where they are now, their experiences in their current organizations, and advice for those who are interested in transitioning their own careers into the nonprofit world. 

Register here

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity: Fall 2022 14-Day Writing Challenge starts Oct. 16

The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. It's very simple: 

  • You commit to write every day for at least 30 minutes. 
  • At the beginning of your writing time, you login to our online community, start the timer, complete your writing, and post your progress at the end. 
  • You take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress. 

OHSU Mentorship Academy: Fall 2022 Intensive

The OHSU Mentorship Academy provides CIMER training for faculty and postdocs from across the institution to develop mentoring competencies.  

Participants must commit to all 3 sessions:  

  • Day 1: November 7, 8am – 2:30pm, located in AUD 221 (Modules 1, 4, 6)  
  • Day 2: November 18, 8am-1pm, via WebEx (Modules 2, 3, 5) 
  • Day 3: December 9, 12:45pm-2:30pm, via WebEx (Module 7) 

To enroll: Search “Mentorship Academy Fall 2022 Intensive” on Compass. Questions? Not sure which modules you've already taken? Email mentorship@ohsu.edu 

More info at https://www.ohsu.edu/education/mentorship-academy