2020-2021 MnDRIVE Research Fellowships in Neuromodulation (Graduate, Postdoc, Resident/Clinical Fellows)

Deadline: 
January 21, 2020

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION with APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

University of Minnesota
MnDRIVE Research Fellowships in Neuromodulation
Graduate ● Postdoctoral ● Resident/Clinical Fellow
2020-2021 Fellowship Program
One year Fellowships to start in the summer or fall of 2020

Deadline to Apply is 5:00 PM (CT) on January 21, 2020
Recipients will be notified by March, 2020

Fellowships to start in the summer (after July 1) or fall of 2020
Awards are for one year and may be applied to stipend, benefits, and tuition in the case of student trainees (up to $45,257 for graduates, $62,228 for postdocs, and up to $71,801 for clinical fellows/residents).

Program Description
The University of Minnesota announces its 2020-2021 Research Fellowship Program in Neuromodulation.
Fellowships are funded by the Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions core area of the Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy initiative. Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding graduate (doctoral) students, postdoctoral trainees and residents/clinical fellows pursuing basic, translational or clinical research in neuromodulation.

Neuromodulation is a transdisciplinary field focused on treating neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders with technological interventions at the neural interface that are non-destructive, reversible, and adjustable. Neuromodulation research integrates basic science, engineering, and clinical disciplines to yield new insights into brain function and develop therapeutic innovations that include electrical, magnetic, optogenetic, and ultrasound technologies.

MnDRIVE
MnDRIVE is a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota. Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions, a MnDRIVE core area of research and partnership, addresses complex and debilitating brain-related disorders by leveraging university and state investments in medicine and engineering and extending our vibrant partnerships with medical device industries in Minnesota. For more information about the MnDRIVE core area of Discoveries and treatments for brain conditions, go to: https://mndrive.umn.edu/brain. For more information on MnDRIVE please visit: https://mndrive.umn.edu/ .

Criteria for Selection
Fellowship recipients will be selected based on academic record, clinical record (for residents/clinical fellows), relevance of the proposed research to neuromodulation, evidence of past and future research productivity, alignment of the training experience with the goals of the MnDRIVE initiative, and proposed training experience and research project quality. Applicants working on projects with industry partners and/or commercial potential are especially encouraged to apply.
• Graduate Fellowships: We seek outstanding doctoral students with strong undergraduate and graduate school records whose thesis research is focused on neuromodulation.
• Postdoctoral Fellowships: We seek outstanding postdoctoral trainees who are planning on or already working with University of Minnesota faculty mentors on neuromodulation research at the University of Minnesota. Upon starting the fellowship at the University, a recipient must be post-doctoral trainee in a job classification reflective of that role (e.g., recipients must have a PhD at the time they start the fellowship; PhDs in professional positions at the University are not eligible for the fellowship).
• Residents/Clinical Fellowships: We seek outstanding MDs interested in working in the field of neuromodulation. To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants should have an MD or MD/PhD, be a resident or fellow in a Board of Regents approved residency or clinical fellowship program at the University of Minnesota, and have a current license to practice medicine in Minnesota or a Minnesota Board of Medicine Residency permit by the award period.
The University of Minnesota is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer.

Application Instructions
There are three parts to the application, all must be completed no later than 5:00 PM (CT) on January 21, 2020.

Part 1. Online fellowship application form.
Applicant should complete the online fellowship application form no later than 5:00 PM (CT) on January 21, 2020. The online application calls for the following required information:
• Applicant name and contact information (telephone, email, current and permanent address).
• University of Minnesota faculty mentor contact information (this will be the faculty mentor under whose direction the applicant will work should the applicant receive a fellowship) - name, phone, email, position, department.
• Names and contact information of two individuals OTHER THAN the FACULTY MENTOR who will write LETTERS OF SUPPORT on behalf of the applicant.

Applicant will also upload a PDF document to the application containing the following items in the order shown:

1. PROJECT TITLE and SUMMARY (1/2 page, font no smaller than 11 pt)

2. STATEMENT of PROJECT SIGNIFICANCE. The applicant should provide a BRIEF general STATEMENT of the PROJECT'S SIGNIFICANCE - 1 to 4 sentences in language appropriate for the general public. For example: Dr. Smith's patient-centered research will lead to improved treatment for the critical motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
3. STATEMENT of RELEVANCE to MINNESOTA. Applicant should provide a brief statement of the potential of the fellowship research and training to contribute to the health and quality of life of the citizens of Minnesota and/or the economic vitality of the state - 1 to 5 sentences. Use language that is appropriate for the general public. This should specifically emphasize the relevance of the proposed research and training to the citizens of the state of Minnesota.

4. STATUS of IRB or IACUC APPROVALS. Applicant should indicate the status of IRB or IACUC of protocols (or indicate that IRB or IACUC protocols are not required for the proposed project). If protocols are not yet submitted, or do not yet have approval, the applicant should indicate the anticipated dates for 1) submitting an IRB or IACUC protocol and 2) attaining final approval.

5. TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE (limit = 1 page, no smaller than 11 pt font)
For GRADUATE STUDENTS (doctoral) and POSTDOCTORAL applicants, the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE should:
• Provide a succinct description of the research project
• Describe the skills and techniques that the candidate will learn and relate these to the applicant’s career aspirations.
• State how the research will advance the field of neuromodulation
• State how the research aligns with MnDRIVE goals
For RESIDENT/CLINICAL FELLOW FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS, the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE should:
• Provide a succinct description of BOTH the clinical training plan and research project
• Describe the skills and techniques that the candidate will learn and relate these to the applicant’s career aspirations
• State how the research will advance the field of neuromodulation
• State how the research aligns with MnDRIVE goals
NOTE: Applicants who are MnDRIVE fellows applying for a second year of funding should also include a SUMMARY OF PROGRESS to DATE on their MnDRIVE supported training experience. (limit = 1/2 page in addition to the 1 page allowed for the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE, no smaller than 11 pt font). Renewal awards are not common.

6. OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION for TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE: One image containing up to two graphs or diagrams to support the TRAINING EXPERIENCE NARRATIVE (limit = 1/2 page), AND/OR one page of bibliographic references.

7. TIMELINE, KEY MILESTONES and DELIVERABLE(S). The TIMELINE with KEY MILESTONES in the award period should be described or illustrated (with anticipated dates of IRB/IACUC submission and approval dates indicated if IRB/IACUC protocol approval has not yet been obtained), and, in 1 or 4 sentences, applicant should clearly state the TRAINING EXPERIENCE DELIVERABLE(S) expected at the end of the award period.

8. INDUSTRY PARTNER AND ROLE (Limit = 1/2 page, no smaller than 11 pt font): Applicant should indicate whether there is an industry partner. If there is an industry partner, applicant should identify the partner by name of the industry/business and describe the business and the partner's role in the project.

9. PATHWAY to COMMERCIALIZATION (Limit = 1/2 page, no smaller than 11 pt font). Applicant should indicate whether there is a pathway to commercialization for the project. If so, the applicant should briefly describe that pathway.

10. APPLICANT CV. The applicant should provide a CV that includes previous education, honors/awards, research experience, publications, conference abstract titles, and IP (e.g., disclosures/patents) (limit = 2 pages). The CV should also contain the applicant's GPA for all academic institutions attended.

Part 2. LETTERS OF SUPPORT from two professional references. Applicant should arrange for a LETTER OF SUPPORT to be submitted by each of TWO professional references (other than the faculty mentor) who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications and research potential (each letter should be no longer than 2 pages). Letter writers should submit letters by email to mnbc-fel@umn.edu no later than January 21, 2020.

Part 3. LETTER OF CONFIRMATION from U of MN faculty mentor. The U of M faculty mentor should send a LETTER OF CONFIRMATION that identifies the applicant, states the project title and confirms that he or she will mentor the applicant during the award period should the applicant receive a fellowship (Letter of Confirmation should be no longer than 1/2 page). U of M faculty mentor should submit letter by email to mnbc-fel@umn.edu no later than 5:00 PM on January 21, 2020.

For Questions
Dori Henderson, PhD | Program Manager, MnDRIVE Brain Conditions
Department of Neuroscience | University of Minnesota \6-145 Jackson Hall | Minneapolis, MN 55455|
Direct: 612.626.2321 | Email: hend0054@umn.edu