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2019 Future Research Leaders Conference Applications

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Future Research Leaders Conference Application and Reference Submissions

The 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC) will be held May 20–21 at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The FRLC is a career-development opportunity for talented early-career biomedical and behavioral scientists from diverse backgrounds. During the FRLC, selected early-career scientists will showcase their research to the NIH scientific community and gain insights from NIH leadership and investigators about developing an independent research career. The event is most appropriate for post-doc and junior-faculty level investigators.

Ideal candidates for the FRLC are:

  • Currently active in biomedical or behavioral research through positions such as advanced postdoctoral scholar, early assistant professor, instructor, non-academic scientist, and early-career physician scientist. Areas of scientific priority for the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) will be considered (information about the scientific priorities and the Institutes and Centers [ICs] represented in the IRP can be found here:
  • Working toward an independent research career (e.g., strong publication record, recipient of awards, recipient of grant funding, participation in the scientific community).
  • No more than ten years post-conferral of PhD, MD, MD-PhD, or other doctoral degrees (DDS, DMD, DMV, DO, RN-PhD, and equivalent degrees).
  • Able to clearly articulate how their on-going research aligns with their career goals and the NIH mission.
  • Able to demonstrate leadership experience, whether within their scientific profession or through volunteering and other community engagement.
  • Committed to mentoring/the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the biomedical research workforce.
  • Able to articulate a hypothesis-driven research plan that will provide mechanistic insight into a biological process, disease/condition, or behavior.

Participants will be selected based on the scientific strength of their research program and their professional-development trajectory.


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