Simons Foundation | SCPAB Transition to Independence Award


Event details

Date 10.01.2024
Category Call for proposal
Aim: The Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB) Transition to Independence (TTI) program engages talented early-career scientists from diverse and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue research in cognitive aging and facilitates their transition into independent faculty positions at research institutions within or outside the U.S.

The Program welcomes applications from scientists planning to do work consistent with SCPAB’s scientific mission. A previous background in aging research is not required; candidates with a background in fields including neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, cell biology and the physical and information sciences are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to focus their scientific proposal on their plans for their future lab and independent research program, not the remainder of their postdoctoral position.

Independence Fellows will be provided with up to five years of support, split into two awards: 1) Postdoctoral Award (for a maximum of two years), and 2) Faculty Research Award (for three years).

Duration:      5 years

Funding:       max. $790,000

Eligibility: The program is aimed at Ph.D. and/or M.D.-holding scientists from diverse and/or historically underrepresented groups in science (examples here) who are currently in a non-independent, mentored training position at an institution within or outside the U.S. and who will be actively seeking and applying to tenure-track faculty positions between September 2024–May 2025. Independence Fellows are expected to apply, secure and transition to a tenure-track faculty position at a research institution within or outside the U.S. by the end of the 2025–2026 academic year.
There are no citizenship requirements.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted via the Simons Award Manager (SAM), and follow the steps detailed here.

Application Deadline:       10 January 2024

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here.
  • Application portal can be found here, and full application procedure here.
  • Info session will be held on November 2, 2023, at 12:00 p.m EDT, registration here.
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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