Russell Berrie Foundation Awards in Diabetes Research

2020 Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center
Russell Berrie Foundation Awards in Diabetes Research

WHAT: This program is designed to support the mentored diabetes-related research activity of outstanding postdoctoral fellows for a period of up to two years.

FUNDING: The program will support three postdoctoral scientists at up to $75,000 per year, for a maximum of two years (for a total of $150,000). Start dates arein January 2020. A second year of funding may be availablle contingent upon progress made in the first year and other programmatic considerations.

WHO: All postdoctoral scientists at Columbia University are eligible to apply. Please note that there are 2 separate awards:

1) The Russell Berrie Foundation Fellow Award will be awarded to 2 post-doctoral scientists at Columbia. Research projects can be laboratory-based or clinical, and can relate to causes, consequences or treatments of diabetes and allied disorders such as obesity.
2) The Russell Berrie Foundation Scholar Award will be awarded to 1 foreign (non-US citizen) post-doctoral scientist being recruited by any lab at Columbia University to engage in clinical or laboratory research in diabetes and and allied disorders such as obesity. Ideally, this will be a prospective application for an outstanding recruit who would otherwise not be able to be hosted by a Columbia lab due to ineligibility for most funding mechanisms, such as NIH-supported training grants.

For both awards, applicants with a committed career path in diabetes and obesity research, as demonstrated by prior achievements, completed training, or special skills in novel and underrepresented research themes, will be given preference. “High risk” studies, designed to test or extend novel concepts, are encouraged.

HOW: Applications should include the following materials:

1) Cover Page, which includes the following information:
Name and Degrees
Current Position
Date of Birth
Education (institutions and degrees)
Mentor's Name
Mentor's Title, Department and Institution
Title of Proposed Project
2) Description of Project (1,000-word maximum not including citations and figures)
3) Mentor's Statement of Support (500-word maximum)

4) Statement on commitment to diabetes research (500-word maximum)

5) NIH-style biosketches of nominee and mentor.

6) Budget justification - funds can be used for salaries, supplies (including animals) but not for travel or equipment.

WHEN: Please collate all the above documents as a single PDF, and e-mail the completed application to Dr. Utpal Pajvani (up2104@cumc.columbia.edu) by September 30, 2019.

For questions, please e-mail Dr. Pajvani directly.