Background and Purpose of the Awards Program: The University of Minnesota (U of M), Karolinska Institute (KI), and Mayo Clinic have benefitted from strong research collaborations between faculty members for a number of years. On April 30, 2010, leaders of these three world renowned institutions announced a new research program, the “Frontiers in Biomedical Research Partnership,” which would forge research collaborations of faculty at all three institutions. It was also agreed that this program would be most successful if it focused on the training of highly promising young investigators who would both cement research collaborations of more senior researchers at these institutions while at the same time considerably expanding their research experience. Given the illustrious history of the KI as the “home of the Nobel Prize, “it was envisioned that “Frontiers Scholars” would be launched on careers ultimately leading to their candidacy for this highest of scientific honors.
Eligibility of Applicants: The Frontiers in Biomedical Research Partnership encompasses three major areas of biomedical research: “Regenerative Medicine” (defined broadly to cover all areas of medical research aimed at discovering new approaches to restoring or repairing cellular or organ system function); “Bio-Omics” (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.); and “Immunity” (unraveling mechanisms underlying defenses against infectious agents and malignant cells that would lead to development of new therapeutic or preventive measures, including vaccines). For the purpose of this third RFA, all young investigators at the U of M holding a Ph.D. degree, or in the case of applicants with a M.D. degree those having at least two years of research experience, are eligible to apply for a “Frontiers Scholars Award.” In addition, 1) the proposed area of post-doctoral research training must fall within one of these three programmatic areas; and 2) the research mentor at the U of M should have a collaboration already established or in the early stage of developing one with an investigator at the KI.
Awards: Support of $55,000 per year for one year of post-doctoral research training at the KI will be provided to the Frontiers Scholar(s). This funding is to be used for accommodations, travel (one or two trips between Stockholm and Minnesota per year), and living expenses. It is expected that the applicant's postdoctoral training at the KI will begin around July 1, 2013 and last for one year.
Application: Post-doctoral trainees fulfilling the above eligibility criteria should submit proposals electronically to Shannon Benson, Coordinator, International Medical Education and Research Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with a copy of their curriculum vitae. Proposals should be one to two pages describing: the research project, training expectations, and U of M mentor’s statement regarding how this project will facilitate collaboration between the U of M and KI; deadline for these proposals (to be submitted electronically) is December 31, 2012.
Review Process: U of M “Frontiers Scholars Award” applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the leaders of each of the three programmatic areas encompassed within the Frontiers in Biomedical Research Partnership Program. Awards will be announced prior to January 15, 2013.