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NIH Virtual PreCon Event: Navigating Early Career Funding Opportunities

Navigating Early Career Funding Opportunities

Are you ready to transition to a fully independent position as an investigator, faculty member, clinician scientist, or scientific team member? The NIH is committed to investing in early-stage investigators who are focused on establishing themselves as experts in their chosen research areas.

With numerous Fellowships and Career Development Award types, how do you know which is the right one for your research and career goals? Our experts will provide an overview of opportunities, discuss how networking and mentoring can strengthen your chances for success, and show you where to find resources to help you along the way.

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Virtual Event Overview

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Time:strong> 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

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During this session, participants will learn about:

  • Fellowships (F) and Career Development (K) Awards;
  • Navigating NIH Diversity Programs;
  • Advancing Your Career Through Networking and Mentoring; and
  • Resources that will help you choose the right program.


*This event is scheduled in the Eastern Time Zone.

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Welcome & Overview

Moderator: Ericka Boone, PhD
Director, Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
NIH Office of Extramural Research

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Fellowships and Career Development Opportunities

Presentation and Q&A
Topics of Discussion:

  • Fs: Understanding the Basics of Fellowship Awards
  • K’s: Tips for Writing a Successful NIH K Award Application

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Navigating NIH Diversity Programs

Presentation and Q&A
Topics of Discussion:

  • Non-competing application for a Diversity Supplement
  • Funding for increasing diversity on your teams

2:40 PM – 3:15 PM

Advancing Your Career Through Networking and Mentoring

Presentation and Q&A

3:15 PM – 3:25 PM

Resources to Help You on Your Path to Success

3:25 PM – 3:30 PM

Acknowledgements & Closing


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Ericka Boone, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW), Office of Extramural Research, NIH

Recently appointed as the Director for the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW) within the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER), Dr. Boone is tasked with providing leadership on the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs to train, sustain and enhance the diversity of the future of the biomedical research workforce. Prior to this position, she served as the Director of the NIH Division of Loan Repayment. While in that role, Dr. Boone was responsible for administering and providing leadership for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) as well as representing NIH on matters related to the operations, policy development, and evaluation of the LRP. Dr. Boone has also served as a Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of Science Policy and Communications at the National Institute on Drug Abuse where she developed targeted science-based publications, outreach initiatives, and other activities to educate a variety of audiences about the science of drug use, abuse, and addiction. Currently, Dr. Boone also serves on UNITE, NIH’s initiative to identify and address structural racism. She co-chairs Committee E, which is charged with evaluating and changing NIH policies, cultures, and structures to promote enhanced workforce diversity.

For her role in these efforts, Dr. Boone has won several NIH Awards of Merit and NIH Director’s Awards. Prior to coming to NIH, Dr. Boone conducted research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Emory University. Dr. Boone’s academic background includes a B.A. in Biology from Talladega College and a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University.

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Sep 15 2022


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