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New Investigator Awards

The Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Research Center announces the availability of new investigator start-up funds for junior faculty members performing clinical or basic science research in the areas of brain development and function in childhood. The grants are for up to $20,000 each for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Funds can be used only for technical support and supplies. The grant period is July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. For information on the center and the award, see

Eligibility requirements:

1. New investigators must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level and must have been on the faculty for no longer than four years prior to the start of funding.

2. Applicants who hold R01 grants are ineligible, while those who hold CIDA or other transitional awards are eligible.

3. Salary support from alternate sources must be confirmed by a letter of support from the applicant's division chief or department chairperson.

Interested candidates should submit:

1. A preliminary one page application which includes an abstract (250 words).

2. A statement of the project's relevance to mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

3. A statement of which core facilities within the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center would be utilized.

4. A NIH biographical sketch or CV.

This preliminary application (format attached, send 8 copies) is due March 5, 2003 in the office of John Simpkins, 3615 Civic Center Boulevard, Abramson Research Building, Room 502, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose work is judged to be relevant to the mission of the Center will be invited to submit a formal application (about 5 pages and instructions will be provided).

Notification of the results of the preliminary application will be given by March 14, 2003. The formal application will be due by April 4, 2003. Decisions will be announced by May 1, 2003 for a start date of July 1, 2003.

For more information, contact John Simpkins, (215) 590-3728 or

-- Marc Yudkoff, Director,
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability Research Center


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 21, February 11, 2003