Instructions

All components are single-spaced, with 0.5” margins, and in Arial 11-point font. The page limit for each section is specified below.

Application materials are reviewed by a mentor(s) prior to submission.

Applications are submitted online: APPLY HERE

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.

  1. Specific Aims
  2. Research Plan (overview)
    • Significance
    • Innovation
    • Approach
  3. Timeline for proposed scope of work
  4. Human Subjects (describe the IRB process and timeline for approval)
  5. 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.

  1. U.S. or foreign postoctoral: Up to $10,000 for research expenses.
  2. U.S. of foreign 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.

Contingency plans due to COVID-19 (1 page): At present it is unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect UJMT-supported research in 2021-2022. There remains the possibility of institutional shutdown and travel restrictions. Please describe anticipated challenges and plans to mitigate them. With assistance from mentors, applicants not already based at the site are encouraged to identify in-country collaborators (e.g. research team members, other UJMT applicants) who can support study activities in case travel is delayed.

NIH Biosketch: Pay close attention to formatting, a poorly 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

  1. U.S. mentor letter (required)
  2. International mentor letter (required) – this mentor should be living and working full-time at the site
  3. Previous research mentor (optional) – if no previous research mentor, a letter from the dean or department chair addressing your academic research goals and accomplishments may be submitted
  4. 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