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Before You Apply - Policies

Fellows' Career Development

Before You Apply - Policies

Fellows' Career Development

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(Source: Adapted from the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education)

Did You Know?

As an NIH | NIEHS Intramural trainee, you are eligible to apply for funding opportunities both from the NIH and from external funders. However, not all opportunities are equal.

In order to ensure that you are eligible to apply for a particular opportunity, ALL NIEHS trainees should FIRST contact Sharon Soucek, Ph.D., BEFORE applying for a funding opportunity:

Sharon Soucek
Sharon Soucek, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Technology Transfer

Tel 984-287-4152

How would you know if a funder would accept an application from an NIH trainee?

  1. Look carefully at who can apply on the fellowship announcement.
    • Does it mention USA Federal Labs? If not you will likely need to call the funding organization and ask specifically for more information on if you are eligible. (see Sharon Soucek, Ph.D., above).
    • What about citizenship, who can apply?
    • Does it have any time requirements since an individual received their terminal degree, and do you match that requirement?
  2. Next, look at how the funders treat publications, data ownership, and development of other intellectual property. Differences in intellectual property policies between the NIH and the funding organization may prevent the distribution of an award to an NIH intramural fellow who is otherwise eligible to apply. The issues generally hinge on whether the funding agency expects to retain copyrights on publications or to own the data or any discoveries resulting from your work. If the funding agency is a company, such as a pharmaceutical company, there can be other terms of the award that will need review. Policies on intellectual property rights must be cleared BEFORE you choose to apply (see Sharon Soucek, Ph.D., above).

How is the money distributed to you at the NIH?

It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the necessary personnel and departments to facilitate the process of award distribution. If selected for an award, fellows should contact two individuals:

Cyndi Arizona
Cyndi Arizona
Deputy Chief of Business Services, Administrative and Research Services Branch
Tel 984-287-3638
  • Your Laboratory/Branch Administrative Officer.
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