1. Eligibility criteria
To be considered eligible, applicants will need to have a doctoral level degree or equivalent and work as an independent investigator at the time of application. Early-career investigators (faculty at the level of assistant professor/member or assistant attending level to newly promoted associate professors) are highly encouraged to apply. The overall goal of this Innovation Lab is to generate new interdisciplinary collaborations between biomedical and quantitative researchers, to develop ideas for projects that could be submitted to funding institutions. You must be working as an independent investigator with primary appointments with domestic institutions in the US. We welcome applicants with research expertise in any of the following fields in the fields of expertise document located in the Application Information and a strong interest to apply interdisciplinary approaches to study the cancer microbiome. If you have a doctorate-level degree in another discipline, you may still apply, but please specify in your application how your work relates to the cancer microbiome.
2. I am scheduled to complete my Ph.D. studies this year, but will not have my degree at the time of the Innovation Lab. Can I still apply?
No. To be considered eligible, applicants will need to have completed their doctoral level degree or equivalent and work as an independent investigator (academia/industry) at the time of application.
3. I am currently working as a post-doc. Can I apply?
No. To be considered eligible, applicants will need to have completed post-doctoral studies and be working as an independent researcher (academia/industry) at the time of application.
4. Can international applicants apply?
No. This Innovation Lab is focused on collaborations between investigators with primary appointments at domestic institutions.
5. I have a PhD and have completed my post-doc. I work in industry as an independent researcher (I control funds and am eligible to apply for grant funding). I have expertise relevant to systems biology forthe cancer microbiome. Can I apply?
We welcome participation from PhD level scientists in industry who are interested in forging new collaborations on projects related to systems biology or the cancer microbiome. Please note that all the participants are expected seek and actively participate in new collaborative opportunities, share new ideas and results, and be willing and able to follow through on plans and pilot projects initiated during the Innovation Lab.
6. I am actively engaged in cancer microbiome research, but am further on in my career. Can I apply?
Yes. Please be mindful that early-career investigators (assistant professor/member level to newly promoted associate professors) are highly encouraged to apply. The overall goal of the Innovation Lab is to generate new interdisciplinary collaborations of biomedical and quantitative researchers, to develop collaborative ideas of projects that could be submitted to funding institutions. Those later in their careers would already have established their researches programs and have a record of successfully applying for funding, can be considered as potential mentors for this lab.
7. How do I complete the application?
You can apply by clicking on the link below before January 25, 2019. Please be advised that the application link will take you to an online form. You will not be able to save and submit the form later. Please consider filling out the questions all at once or filling out the responses to the questions in a word document at your leisure then returning to the link to fill out the form when you are ready. To preview the application questions go to the Applicant Information section.
Apply Here: Link to Application
8. Further questions?
Please contact Eric M. Johnson Chavarria : eric.johnsonchavarria [at] nih.gov