Challenge offers Purdue postdoctoral researchers $5,000 translational research grant opportunity

December 4, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Postdoctoral researchers at Purdue University will have a chance to gain valuable proposal writing and reviewing experience in translational research, as well as the chance to win $5,000 for their own research, through the Purdue Postdoc Challenge.

The program, launched by the Purdue administration of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI), is offering postdoctoral investigators two $5,000 grants for the use of specific Purdue CTSI-designated core research facilities.

A list of eligible Purdue CTSI-designated core facilities and the core facility managers can be found in the application at Applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 2, and awardees will be announced in March. The application can be found at the link

An informational session is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11, in Mechanical Engineering, Room 1012, for those interested in submitting an application.

"Postdoctoral researchers at Purdue's West Lafayette campus are encouraged to submit applications that clearly articulate their translational strategy from lab bench to bedside and how this strategy can be advanced through the use of technologies offered by a core facility," said Tommy Sors, chief scientific liaison at Discovery Park's Bindley Bioscience Center.

"Applicants should discuss their proposal with their adviser prior to beginning the application process to ensure their participation will be approved."

Sors said awardees will be expected to develop and manage a project budget that aligns with their translational strategy. A six-month and a final progress report will be required over the one-year project period.

Applicants will be reviewed and ranked by a group composed of selected faculty and members of the Purdue postdoctoral community, Sors said. The Indiana CTSI administrative body at Purdue will make the final selection and funding recommendations.

Most of Purdue's core research facilities undergo a yearly accreditation process through the Indiana CTSI, a validation that allows the facilities to participate in pilot funding opportunities administered through the Indiana CTSI and geared toward faculty at participating institutions.

Indiana CTSI, a collaboration between Purdue, IU and Notre Dame, was awarded a $30 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2013 to continue its mission of accelerating research. That award from the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences renews the grant established by the Indiana CTSI five years ago, guaranteeing the institution will advance innovative health-care programs and biomedical research into at least 2018.

About the Indiana CTSI

The Indiana CTSI is a statewide collaboration of IU, Purdue and Notre Dame to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into new patient treatments in Indiana and beyond. It was established in 2008 with a Clinical and Translational Science Award totaling nearly $60 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science at the National Institutes of Health (Grants UL1TR001108, KL2TR001106, TL1TR001107, UL1TR00006-05S2, KL2TR000163-05S1, TL1TR000162-05S1, TR000006, TR000163 and TR000162; PI: A. Shekhar) with additional support from the state, the three member universities, and public and private partners. It is a member of the national network of more than 60 CTSA-funded organizations across the country.  

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