Funding & Grantsmanship: Transition to Independence for Postdoctoral Scholars

Monday, November 07, 2022 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Virtual Event

Note: This presentation focuses primarily on the biomedical fields, however those in other research areas may also find it useful.

Guest speaker: Jaime Rubin, Vice Chair for Investigator Development at Columbia University Medical Center.

This presentation will provide postdoctoral scholars with comprehensive information on the different types of extramural funding agencies and programs available to support their current biomedical research training, their transition to a faculty position, as well as their research activities as an independent investigator. This includes federal agencies (e.g., the NIH) and private organizations, as well as approaches to identify new opportunities specific to their individual research interests. The mission of each funding program, when to apply, how to apply, eligibility rules, review criteria, scoring systems, application deadlines, success rates and required application components will be addressed. In addition, funding programs specifically to enhance the diversity of the biomedical workforce will be highlighted. Best practices for competitive applications will also be detailed, including how to emphasize the strengths of the proposal, as well as potential weaknesses to avoid. Registration requested via Handshake.

Speaker Biography:
Jaime S. Rubin, Ph.D., received a B.S. in physics sigma pi sigma from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (New York, N.Y.). She then received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ontario Cancer Institute/University of Toronto (Canada). Her Ph.D. thesis, published in the journal, Nature, described the first molecular identification and characterization of a human DNA repair gene. She has held a number of senior level positions at Columbia University's Medical Center, including currently as Vice Chair for Investigator Development/Professor in the Department of Medicine. She serves as Advisory Board member of the education and career development arm of Columbia’s NIH CTSA program. All of her positions have involved the career development and mentoring of junior investigators, especially postdoctoral scholars. She founded and continues as Director of career development courses, "Funding and Grantsmanship for Research and Career Development Activities” ( and "Responsible Conduct of Research and Related Policy Issues” (, For a number of years, she has been involved with efforts to enhance the diversity of the biomedical workforce. This includes providing career development programming for the “National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) for a Diverse Biomedical Workforce“, a component of NIH’s Diversity Program Consortium (DPC). She frequently speaks on these topics at academic and related institutions (e.g., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the New York Academy of Sciences).

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