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EB 2016


Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

ASIP Annual Meeting at
Experimental Biology 2017

Chicago, IL
April 22 - 26, 2017




Graduate and Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities


Trainee Travel Awards recognize excellence in research and help offset travel expenses for ASIP Trainee members (Undergraduate Students, Pre- and Post-doctoral Trainees) to attend the ASIP Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB). The awards require submission of an abstract to an ASIP topic category. For details on abstract submission, visit and see the Toolkit below.


Toolkit for Abstract Submission and Trainee Travel Award Applications


  1. The deadline to submit abstracts is Thursday, November 17.  THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS!! (The date is already 10 days later than usual.)


  1. Information about Trainee Travel Awards can be found on the ASIP website at  More information is summarized in ASIP Pathways.


  1. When you submit an abstract to an ASIP Topic Category, identify yourself as an ASIP Trainee Member. Depending on your Trainee Member category, you will be asked if you want to apply for an ASIP Trainee Travel Award. If you select YES, you will have the option of applying for additional awards, each of which has specific eligibility requirements that must be met. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, you can apply for the Gotlieb Travel Award for Undergraduate Education in Pathobiology.


    • APSA members can apply for the ASIP-APSA Partnership Trainee Travel Award.


    • Both ASIP and HCS members can apply for the Histochemical Society Sponsored Trainee Travel Award if their abstract includes histochemical techniques.


    • There are also options to apply for the Experimental Pathologist-in-Training Award (EPIT), Experimental Pathologist-in-Graduate Training Award (EPIGT), ASIP International Trainee Travel Award, and/or the ASIP Promoting Diversity in Science Trainee Travel Award. Follow the instructions and submit the required supporting documents.


  1. The EPIT and EPIGT awards require an extended report of up to 750 words. This should be considered as an expanded abstract. You may include one table and/or one figure if you think they will enhance your extended report.


  1. There are additional trainee travel awards available. Soon after November 17, the ASIP Meetings Department will pull the data for all ASIP Trainee Travel Award applicants and ask you to complete a simple form concerning your desire to be considered for the following additional trainee travel awards:
    • Excellence in Cardiovascular Research
    • Excellence in Liver Pathobiology Research
    • Excellence in Neoplasia Research


  1. The ASIP Program Committee will review all abstracts and program them into minisymposia and/or poster sessions during the month of December and you will be notified directly by ASIP if your abstract was accepted, no later than December 20. Final notification from EB with your specific timed assignment will not be sent until late January/early February 2017.


  1. A special note to junior faculty: Applications for the newly named George K. Michalopoulos Junior Faculty Travel Award should be submitted directly to the ASIP website at



Other Graduate and Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

Search grant opportunities offered by 26 federal agencies.


Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)

The Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellows provides support to promising applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Applicant fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or permanent residents.


Pathway to Independence Award

Provides up to 5 years of support consisting of two phases. The initial phase will provide 1-2 years of mentored support for postdoctoral research scientists. This phase will be followed by up to 3 years of independent support contingent on securing an independent tenure-track or equivalent research position.


American Heart Association Funding Opportunities

Medical Student Research Programs, Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, Clinical Research Program, Undergraduate Student Research Programs, Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Awards, Beginning Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, & Scientist Development Grants


Cancer Research Institute

Supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology or general immunology.


American Liver Foundation Research Awards Program

Since 1979, the Research Awards Program has provided more than $24 million in research funding. Over 750 qualified scientists and physicians have pursued careers in liver disease research and treatment as a result of receiving these grants early in their careers.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Offers five types (mechanisms) of grants to support breast cancer research. Career Catalyst Research (CCR), Investigator Initiated Research (IIR), Post Baccalaureate Training in Disparities Research (PBTDR), Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF), and Promise Grants


The Humboldt Research Fellowship

This fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and feasibility of the proposed research and the applicant's publications. Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible. This fellowship allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany and provides financial assistance. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Selection committee meetings take place three times a year, in March, July and November. Applications should be submitted at least four to seven months ahead of the prospective selection meeting. For more information, please visit the website.


Pasteur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Pasteur Foundation administers a fellowship program to bring U.S. postdoctoral researchers to work in any one of the 130+ Institute Pasteur laboratories in Paris. Guided by the institute's administration, which seeks to develop international scientific exchanges to ensure the vitality of Institute Pasteur labs, this program is open to American citizens who are not already in France and who have received their PhD degree within the last five years. The three-year fellowship package is $70,000 annually: $55,000 fellowship plus $15,000 bench fees to support the research.


Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology

Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to $1,200 to students and post-docs. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance. For a list of conferences, please click here. Expenses covered by the scholarship include registration, air (on a U.S. air carrier), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.


Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated. Please click here for scholarship details.

NOTE: Underrepresented Minority Scholarships are also available.


American Association of University Women Educational Funding and Awards


Fulbright Israel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for American Researchers in All Academic Disciplines

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, offers fellowships to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work to be carried out at Israeli universities during the course of the 2015-2017 academic years.


Food and Drug Administration


FDA Student, Fellowship, and Senior Scientist Programs

Whether you’re an undergraduate looking to pursue a career in science, a graduate science student seeking experience in regulatory science, a postgraduate looking for fellowship opportunities, or a senior scientist pursuing research experience in your field of expertise, FDA offers you many paths to learning about the exciting field of regulatory science. Programs FDA offers through our different product centers and offices include: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Programs, Fellowships for Post-Graduates, and Faculty and Senior Scientist Programs.


FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program

FDA invites outstanding health care professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year Fellowship Program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist.


National Institutes of Health






National Science Foundation:  Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology



New and Early Stage Investigators


Army Research Laboratory Post Doctoral Research Programs


National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research


National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities


Alzheimer's Association Grants


American Association for Cancer Research

Funds cancer researchers at various stages in their careers, from fellowships to career development awards to grants for independent investigators.


American Cancer Society Research Programs and Funding

Synopsis: Grants provide support for independent, self-directed researchers in the first six years of their independent research careers to conduct basic, preclinical, clinical, and epidemiology research projects.


American Diabetes Association Funding for Research Programs


Young Investigator Program, Office of Naval Research

ONR’s Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and for FY16, have begun their first appointment on or after Nov. 1, 2010, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The program's objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members of Institutions of Higher Education (hereafter also called "universities") to the Department of Navy's (DoN's) research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers.


Young Faculty Award, DARPA

The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and introduce them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA’s program development process.


The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their careers on DoD and national security issues.


The annual announcement seeking YFA applications is typically posted to the website between November and February.


Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Funding program areas vary and may include: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Autism, Bone Marrow Failure, Breast Cancer, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Genetic Studies of Food Allergies, Gulf War Illness, Lung Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurofibromatosis, Ovarian Cancer, Peer Reviewed Cancer, Peer Reviewed Medical, Peer Reviewed Orthopedic, Prostate Cancer, Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Some of these program areas, such as Peer Reviewed Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Traumatic Brain Injury have included New Investigator Awards


Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Grants and Research