Intramural / Internal Opportunities

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Sponsor Program
Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Pilot Projects
Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas (CERCIT) Program Clinician-Scientist Training
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Competitive Scholarships
James W. McLaughlin Fellowship Fund Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowships; Medical Student Fellowships
Jeane B. Kempner Scholar Award Fund Postdoctoral Fellowships
John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund for Biomedical Research

Bridging Grants

Research Pilot Grants

President's Cabinet Thematic Awards
Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology Institutional Research Seed Grant
Sealy Center for Vaccine Development Competitive Fellowships
Sealy Center on Aging Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program in Health of Older Minorities

Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program (MSTAR)
Western Regional Center of Excellence (WRCE) Career Development Awards - UPDATED!

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Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)
Pilot Projects
Website:  http://www.utmb.edu/scoa/pepper/index.asp

The UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit pilot research proposals in the area of skeletal muscle aging and sarcopenia, particularly enhancing recovery of function from illness among older patients, i.e. rehabilitation of muscle function.  Projects are funded for one or two years.  Funding amount varies based on project and available funds for each budget year.

Awards are restricted to recently appointed faculty, new investigators and senior investigators in other areas interested in initiating studies on aging.

The pilot proposal selection will be a 2-step process. 

Step 1: Preliminary proposal idea- Interested investigators are first encouraged to write (letter or e-mail) a brief description (one page or less) of their idea.  Please submit these brief descriptions, by letter or e-mail, to Blake Rasmussen, PhD, Pepper OAIC Pilot /Exploratory Studies Core Leader. 

Step 2: Complete proposals – Preliminary proposal letters will be evaluated by the Pilot Selection Committee based on the proposal’s fit with the overall theme of the Pepper Center, i.e. relevance to the Pepper Center mission of examining skeletal muscle aging and sarcopenia, and recovery of function from illness among older patients

Investigators of accepted preliminary proposals will be contacted and asked to submit a longer, complete proposal.    The final review process will include an initial screening by the Pepper Center Executive Committee followed by evaluation by the Pilot Selection Committee and an independent external reviewer with expertise in that particular pilot study. 

Contact: Tony DiNuzzo, PhD (adinuzzo@utmb.edu); phone: (409) 266-9658; mail route 0177

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Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas (CERCIT) Program
Clinician-Scientist Training
Website: http://www.txcercit.org/Home.aspx

CERCIT has openings for early career clinician‐scientists focusing on research in clinical effectiveness and outcomes research in cancer, with an emphasis on cancer related database research using linked tumor registry and healthcare claims data. Trainees collaborate with a multidisciplinary consortium of investigators at the University of Texas Medical Branch, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas School of Public Health, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Cancer Registry. Application Submission Deadline is December 31, 2011.

Contact Beth Schilling. Sealy Center on Aging (baschill@utmb.edu); Phone: (409) 266-9656; mail route: 0177

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UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Competitive Scholarships and Faculty Awards
Website:  http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/scholarships/

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) accepts applications for restricted and unrestricted scholarship and faculty awards, including the Arthur V. Simmang Academic Scholarship, the Zelda Zinn Casper Foundation Scholarship, the James E. Beall II Memorial Scholarship, the Curtis W. Lambert Scholarship, the GSBS Associates Scholarship, the Shirley Patricia Parker Scholarship, and the Edward S. Reynolds, M.D. Experimental Pathology Graduate Scholarship. Average scholarship award is $1,000 (minimum $500, maximum $27,000 in 2011). Scholarship Applications are available online and the applicant should fill and upload all the required documents before the deadline in September..

Contact: Scholarship Committee, GSBS (grad.school@utmb.edu); phone: 772-2665; mail route: 1050.

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James W. McLaughlin Fellowship Fund
Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships; Medical Student Fellowships
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/mclaughlin/

The James W. McLaughlin Fellowship Fund is dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of fellowships for individuals involved in the investigation of infection and immunity at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston , Texas . Fellowships are awarded only to those individuals showing exceptional promise. Fellowships shall be for research and shall not require any other service to the University such as routine teaching or clinical duties. Post doctoral fellows may not hold a faculty appointment during their tenure as a postdoctoral fellow.

Post-doctoral fellowships are awarded to individuals holding doctoral degrees and pursuing additional training in areas directly related to infection and immunity. Annual deadline for receipt of applications is in April.

Pre-doctoral fellowships are awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch . These fellowships are awarded at an employment rate of a twenty-hour week for a period of one year. Annual deadline for receipt of applications is in April.

Medical Student Fellowships deadlines and number of awards vary. 

For a description of other special awards and activities supported by the McLaughlin Fund, see the McLaughlin Fellowship website: http://www.utmb.edu/mclaughlin/

Contact: Dr. Peter Mason (pwmason@utmb.edu); phone: 747-8143 (for questions about the fellowships); or Belinda Iles(bjiles@utmb.edu) ; phone: 772-2316 (for questions about the application process), or McLaughlin.IHII@utmb.edu.

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Jeane B. Kempner Scholar Award Fund
Post-doctoral Fellowships
Website:   http://www.som.utmb.edu/Kempner/kempnerhome.html

The Jeane B. Kempner Scholar Award Fund, created under the will of Daniel W. Kempner, provides to The University of Texas Medical Branch funds for annual postdoctoral fellowships named in honor of Jeane B. Kempner. Kempner fellows may carry out their training with any faculty member of the UTMB School of Medicine. Candidates must have received their PhD or MD degree from UTMB within the past five (5) years to be eligible and should have strong backgrounds in research with the ability to work independently. Candidates should have achieved academic excellence during their undergraduate and graduate career. Minimum of $34,568/yr.  The annual deadline for postdoctoral fellowship application is in December/January. 

Contact: Giulio Taglialatela (gtaglial@utmb.edu), Chairman, Fellowship Committee; phone: 772-1679; mail route 1043.

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John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund for Biomedical Research
Website: http://research.utmb.edu/sealy/default.aspx 

Bridging Grants
The John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund for Biomedical Research has funds available to award up to $50,000 for one year bridging grants. The Bridging Grants are available for faculty whose applications to federal agencies were not funded. The original applications must have received a priority score or ranked in the top 50% for the agency. Applications for both clinical and basic research are encouraged.

Research Pilot Grants

Consult the Sealy website for information.

Contact: Ericia Huff (ehuff@utmb.edu) phone: 266-9433.
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University of Texas Medical Branch President's Cabinet Awards
Thematic Awards
Website:  http://www.utmb.edu/cabinet

The University of Texas Medical Branch President's Cabinet is a group of community, corporate and foundation volunteers whom assists the president in raising unrestricted funds for emerging priorities. Part of the money raised by the President's Cabinet is distributed through the President's Cabinet Awards Program.  This program invites faculty, staff and students at UTMB to apply for a grant to support their proposed project.  Members of the President's Cabinet and the president sit on a review committee and select projects to receive funding.  The annual deadline is in the summer/fall.

The theme of the awards is Creating a Caring and Healing Environment . A caring environment is centered around those systems, protocols and partnerships which put the people UTMB serves first, and which stress compassionate care and service. Projects can be focused within UTMB or in partnership with community entities.

Contact: Office of University Advancement, 3.110 Administration Bldg.; Phone:(409) 772-5718; mail Route 0148

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Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology
Institutional Research Grant Seed Money
Website : http://www.utmb.edu/scccb/funding_opps.htm

Funds from the American Cancer Society are available to UTMB investigators conducting research on cancer related issues. The primary purpose of this program is to provide seed money to support junior faculty who are interested in problems that relate to cancer. All applicants must hold full-time, assistant professor (or equivalent) appointments in the School of Medicine , the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Allied Health Sciences or the School of Nursing at the time of application. The distribution of funds is administered by the local IRG.

Review Committee. There are three types of Awards: Pilot Projects, each in the amount of $20,000 for a period of one year; Special Interest Award in the amount of $20,000 for a period of one year, and Student Stipend Award in the amount of $2,500. Application deadline is 5 p.m.  November 15, for an award date of January 1.

Contact: Kathy Bass (kbass@utmb.edu); phone: 747-1935.

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Sealy Center for Vaccine Development
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/scvd/

Competitive Fellowships
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/scvd/edu/fellow.shtml

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development provides competitive fellowships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applications will be judged in five categories: academic performance (grades) and research experience; scientific merit of proposed project and its relevance to vaccinology/goals of the SCVD; letters of recommendation; publication record (judged appropriate to the years of experience); and other indications of potential, leadership, service, or worthiness that do not fit into the other categories. Link to applications at: http://www.utmb.edu/scvd/edu/apps.shtml. August Deadline.

Contact: Bridget E. Hawkins, PhD (behawkin@utmb.edu), phone: 747-8151.
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Sealy Center on Aging

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/scoa/prepostdoc_training.asp


The main purpose of this training program is to support outstanding postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in older populations.


Current CER by UTMB faculty include:

  • Outcomes/toxicities from cancer treatments
  • Comparative effectiveness of different strategies for cancer screening
  • Comparative effectiveness of hospital care provided by hospitalists
  • Comparative effectiveness of nurse practitioner vs. primary care physicians in nursing homes and in community care
  • Outcomes of rehabilitation after stroke and hip fracture
  • Recovery from hospitalization

Mentoring teams provide expert guidance in an environment proven to maximize progress toward independent researcher status. Funded investigators include physicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, demographers and health economists. Aging-related research initiatives at UTMB include a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas (CERCIT), the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes, and the Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly.


Candidates may qualify for an additional $5,000 - $10,000 over the NIH stipend level plus moving expenses. All trainees receive full health care benefits. Additional funds are available to cover tuition and fees for relevant courses and other training related expenses. Pre-doctoral fellows earn a Ph.D. degree in sociomedical sciences or clinical sciences (health services research) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, or other doctoral programs at UTMB.

 

Contact Beth Schilling. Sealy Center on Aging (baschill@utmb.edu); Phone: (409) 266-9656; mail route: 0177

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Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program in Health of Older Minorities
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/scoa/prepostdoc_training.asp

 

The Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas has openings for both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral positions. These positions are for research focusing on the health of older minorities, with an emphasis on older Hispanics. Trainees collaborate with Center faculty in research pertaining to minority health and aging in the areas of comparative effectiveness, medical outcomes, health service utilization, social epidemiology, psychosocial stress and health promotion. Aging-related research initiatives at UTMB include the Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas (CERCIT), the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Center for Comparative Effectiveness and Cancer Outcomes (CCECO), and the Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly. Pre-doctoral fellows earn a Ph.D. degree in sociomedical sciences or clinical sciences (health services research) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, or other doctoral programs at UTMB.

 

Exceptional candidates will qualify for an additional $5,000 - $10,000 over the NIH stipend level plus moving expenses. All trainees receive full health care benefits.  Additional funds are available to cover tuition and fees for relevant courses and other training related expenses.

Contact: Beth Schilling. Sealy Center on Aging (baschill@utmb.edu); Phone: 409-266-9656; mail route: 0177

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Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
Website: http://www.utmb.edu/scoa/mstar.asp

 

UTMB Sealy Center on Aging in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio will offer an 8-12 week intensive aging research experience for current 1st year Medical Students during their summer break.  This experience includes an individualized research experience under a sponsoring mentor, a structured didactic experience that is directly linked to student research projects.

Medical Student Stipends – students will receive $1748 per month for 2 months

Contact: Tony DiNuzzo, PhD (adinuzzo@utmb.edu); phone: 266-9658; mail route: 0460

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Western Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (WRCE)
Website:  http://www.utmb.edu/wrce/FundingInfo.html

Career Development Awards

The Western Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (WRCE) invites applications for Career Development Awards. Awards are available for $160,000 per year for periods of two years or 1.5 years.

All scientific projects in the WRCE have as their ultimate aim the development of a product (i.e., vaccines and/or diagnostics) through programs of investigator-directed research. The following three themes comprise the WRCE research portfolio and are considered high priority areas:


Theme 1: Platforms for Multiplexed Diagnostics for Category A-C Agents and Emerging Agents
Theme 2: Vaccine Development for Arboviral and Emerging Viral Diseases
Theme 3: Vaccine Development for Diseases caused by Intracellular Bacteria (with an emphasis on Brucella, Rickettsia, Burkholderia, Francisella tularensis, and Coxiella burnetii. Other intracellular bacteria that cause emerging human diseases will be considered, such as Ehrlichia spp., Orientia tsutsugamushi, and Neorickettsia).


Applications must be tailored to address one of these themes.

Contact:  Kimberly Schuenke, PhD, WRCE Program Administrator (kischuen@utmb.edu); phone: (409) 747-0766; mail route 0609

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