Due November 1, 2023, applications are submitted online. The application portal is now open.
- All components should be single-spaced, with 0.5” margins, and in Arial 11-point font.
- The page limit for each section is specified below.
- Application materials should be reviewed by a mentor(s) prior to submission.
Guidance for Application Materials
Research proposal (2 pages): It is expected that applicants review the proposed research design extensively with their mentor in the U.S. and at the international site. Trainees are required to have at least two mentors.
- Specific Aims
- Research Plan (overview)
- Timeline for proposed scope of work
- Human Subjects (describe the IRB process and timeline for approval)
- References should be provided but will not count toward the two-page limit
Budget and budget justification (1 page): Can include personnel and travel costs.
- U.S. or foreign postdoctoral: Up to $10,000 for research expenses.
- U.S. doctoral: Up to $7,000 for research expenses
Statement of career goals (1 page)
Plan for mentorship (1 page): This should include specific areas of mentorship and frequency of meetings/calls with members on the mentorship committee.
NIH Biosketch: Pay close attention to formatting, an improperly formatted biosketch reflects poorly on your application. NIH instructions are available for assistance in developing a biosketch here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm.
NIH Biosketch for primary mentors: Biosketches required from the U.S. and international mentors.
Letters of recommendation: Up to four letters, mentors should email their letters directly to FGHFP@med.unc.edu
- U.S. mentor letter (required)
- International mentor letter (required) – this mentor should be living and working full-time at the site
- One additional letter may be submitted from a co-mentor on this application, a prior mentor, or a prior or current supervisor
- Program co-funding (if jointly supported with another grant) – if the applicant has secured co-funding from another training program (e.g. T32 program) or grant, a separate letter from the PI or director should be included outlining the amount and duration of this support
Short-Term U.S.-based Training Attachment (international applicants only): In accordance with LAUNCH program requirements, international postdoctoral fellows must complete a 1-3 month attachment in the U.S. to engage in activities not readily available in the fellow’s home country. Activities can be a mix of didactic and practical activities.
- Key learning objectives (up to three)
- Proposed courses, with dates if known
- Courses should be at the U.S. host’s home institution (i.e., the university where your primary U.S. mentor is employed)
- Other learning activities, including workshops and conferences
- Workshops and conferences are not limited to the U.S. host’s home institution
- Relevance of activities to research project