Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology

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Important Dates
  • Application available
  • Application deadline
  • Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • Accept or decline deadline
  • Fellowships commence
    First of the month between October 1, 2019 - April 1, 2020
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Opportunity

The Simons Foundation invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support research on fundamental problems in marine microbial ecology. The foundation is particularly interested in applicants with training in different fields who want to apply their experience to understanding the role of microorganisms in shaping ocean processes, and vice versa, as well as applicants with experience in modeling or theory development. While these cross-disciplinary applicants will receive particular attention, applicants already involved in ocean research are also encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates awarding five fellowships in 2019.

Eligibility

Applicants should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within three years of the fellowship’s start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience. Applicants may be citizens of any country. Awards can only be issued to nonprofit research universities or research institutions in the U.S.

Award

The award is for three years, contingent upon satisfactory annual progress reports, and will include an annual stipend of $62,000 and an annual allowance of up to $25,000. The allowance may be spent on health insurance for the fellow and family, other benefits as required by the institution, research supplies, small equipment (including computers), attendance at scientific meetings, and other research-related travel. Up to $2,000 of the allowance may be used for relocation of the fellow and family to the host institution. Relocation costs must be in accordance with the policies of the host institution. Payment cannot be made directly to fellows. No indirect or overhead costs may be charged. Policies and procedures governing this award can be found at the following link.

Applications must include:

  • Short summary of prior research experience and a personal autobiographical statement (two pages)
  • Brief research proposal with title (two to three pages, plus references and one page for figures)
  • Biosketches of the applicant and sponsor, including publications; the applicant should provide full citations.
  • Technical abstract
  • Letters of recommendation from applicant’s thesis adviser and two additional research scientists, and letter of support from the postdoctoral research sponsor, who must acknowledge acceptance of the applicant to his or her laboratory. Confidential letters must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL (see instructions) by June 14, 2019.
  • Budget (three years)
  • Brief budget justification
  • Renewable reagents and data-sharing plan
  • Signed signature page with institutional approval to document the commitment from the fellow’s institution(s) to administer the fellowship
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Important Dates
  • Application available
  • Application deadline
  • Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • Accept or decline deadline
  • Fellowships commence
    First of the month between October 1, 2019 - April 1, 2020
Contact Info

The deadline for proposal submission is June 14, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET. Please plan carefully with your host institution and references to meet this deadline. No extensions will be given.

proposalCENTRAL Log-In Information
New users first need to create a user account on proposalCENTRAL (pC) at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/. To create a new account, go to https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ (pC) and click create one now under appliction login. Fill in the required fields, check the boxes to agree to pC’s Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy and then click save. For all users with a pC account, log in under application login at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ and select create new proposal or click on the grant opportunities tab. Scroll down to simons foundation and then click apply now for the Life Sciences-Simons Postdoctoral Fellowships in marine microbial ecology program in order to start the proposal and access the templates. After all sections are completed, you will be able to click on the submit button to send.

To submit a proposal, the following proposalCENTRAL modules must be completed:

  1. Title Page
    1. Enter the following in this section:
      1. Your project title
      2. Month and Year (MM/YYYY format) that you received your Ph.D. or equivalent degree
      3. How many months (entered as a number and without text) of postdoctoral experience you have
  2. Download Templates & Instructions
    1. All templates necessary to complete your proposal are available for download in this module (or the proposal attachments module, where attachments are submitted as PDF-only files; see the Proposal Attachments section below for more details).
  3. Enable Other Users to Access This Proposal
    1. This module allows you to give other users access to your proposal. When you give a person access to your proposal, you can give them one of three levels of permissions: View, Edit or Administrator.
  4. Applicant/PI
    1. The postdoctoral fellow should be listed here. Do not list the sponsor here.
  5. Organization/Institution
    1. This information is preloaded from the institutional profile. The institution that will administer the fellowship and have primary contractual responsibility for the fellowship if awarded should be listed here, even if you are not at the institution yet.
    2. For both pre- and post-award management, select the appropriate signing officials and financial officers from the drop-down list or enter the email address of a new official and click on add. Click on the save or close window link — the official will now be listed as the assigned signing official or financial/fiscal officer.
    3. For a description of the responsibilities of the signing official and financial officer, please see “Policies & Procedures” https://www.simonsfoundation.org/funding/policies-and-procedures/.
  6. Key Personnel
    1. Add your sponsor in this section by entering his or her email address and selecting SPONSOR from the drop-down menu.
    2. Add your thesis adviser by selecting thesis adviser from the drop-down menu.
    3. Do not add the postdoctoral fellow here.
  7. Letters of Recommendation
    1. Four (4) Letters of Recommendation (confidential) are required: one (1) letter from applicant’s thesis adviser; two (2) letters from additional research scientists; and one (1) letter of support from the postdoctoral research sponsor, who must acknowledge acceptance of the applicant to his or her laboratory.
    2. In this section, you will be able to list the references who will submit the letters on your behalf through our confidential submission process. To enter the references:
      1. Enter and confirm the email address of the reference you have chosen in the text box provided and click the add button.
      2. A small pop-up window will open, prompting you for the reference’s first and last name. If the reference is already registered in proposalCENTRAL, the name will automatically display in the window.
      3. Enter the reference’s full name and click send email and then close window.
    3. An email will be sent to the reference from proposalCENTRAL requesting a confidential letter of recommendation. The email will include detailed instructions, the reference’s proposalCENTRAL account information and a link for the reference to upload the completed letter of recommendation directly to your proposal. To ensure confidentiality, you will not have access to these letters. Once the email is sent, the reference’s name and contact information will appear under the letters of recommendation section in your proposal. The reference information is displayed in the table: name, email address, date/time email was sent, etc. You can refer to this table to check on the status of the letters that have been uploaded to your proposal. When each of the letters is uploaded, the status will display as submitted.
    4. Repeat this process for each reference you wish to add. You will not be able to submit your proposal until all four references are uploaded. Please plan accordingly with your references. No extensions will be given.
    5. NOTE: Reference(s) will not have access to any portion of your proposal in the upload process.

  8. Abstract
    1. Enter your technical abstract as text in this section.
  9. Budget Period Detail (Funding for fellowships may commence between October 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020, on the first of each month.)
    1. Before entering your budget details in this section, note the following:
      1. Your appointment will be for three years, contingent upon satisfactory annual progress reports.
      2. The annual stipend will be $62,000 USD.
      3. There is an annual allowance of up to $25,000 The allowance may be spent on health insurance for the fellow and family, other benefits as required by the institution, research supplies, small equipment (including computers), attendance at scientific meetings, and other research-related travel.
      4. Up to $2,000 of the annual allowance may be used for relocation costs of the fellow and family to the host institution. Relocation costs must be in accordance with the policies of the host institution.
      5. Payment cannot be made directly to fellows. No indirect costs may be taken.
    2. How to enter your budget details:
      1. In Periods 1–3, please input $62,000 USD stipend amount under Personnel Costs in the Stipend box. In the same section, under Health Insurance + Other Benefits, please input the total amount for health insurance or other benefits required by your institution.
      2. If you require fringe benefits, enter your fringe benefit rate.
      3. The remaining amount from your annual allowance should be allocated to Supplies and Small Equipment ($10,000 USD or under per equipment), Travel and Other Expenses. Enter brief budget justifications for each cost.
    3. An example detailed budget is in the download version of these instructions within the online application.
  10. Budget Summary
    1. The Budget Summary will populate from the saved Budget Period Detail section and will provide an overview of the proposed budget.
  11. Proposal Attachments
    1. The following documents are to be uploaded in the proposal attachments module where they are also available for download:
      1. Short summary of prior research experience and a personal autobiographical statement (two pages)
      2. Brief research proposal with title (two to three pages, plus references and one page for figures)
      3. Biographical Sketches
        1. One each for the applicant and sponsor, including publications; the applicant should provide full citations
      4. Renewable reagents and data-sharing plan
      5. Signed signature page with institutional approval to document the commitment from the fellow’s institution(s) to administer the fellowship
  12. PI Data Sheet
    1. The applicant PI’s professional profile will populate this section of the application. If revisions are required to the information in this section, please select edit professional profile and revise the information within section 4 (Personal Data for Applications).
  13. Validate
    1. You must click the validate button on the bottom of the page to check for any missing information or files that are required to submit the proposal. All missing information that is required will be listed on the screen. Please correct any missing information before proceeding to the next step.
  14. Signature Page
    1. The Signature Page is available for download in the signature page module and must be signed by the signing official, then re-uploaded in the porposal attachements module. Please plan accordingly with your institution to retrieve this signature by the proposal deadline. No extensions will be given.
  15. Submit
    1. You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. Any missing information will be listed on the screen. If your submission is successful, you will receive a confirmation message on the screen and a confirmation email.
Important Dates
  • Application available
  • Application deadline
  • Applicants notified of funding decisions
  • Accept or decline deadline
  • Fellowships commence
    First of the month between October 1, 2019 - April 1, 2020
Contact Info
  1. How do I submit a proposal?plus--large

    New users first need to create a user account on proposalCENTRAL (pC) at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/. (For instructions on how to create an account, see the FAQ How do I create a proposalCENTRAL user account? below.) For all users with a pC account, log in under application login at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ and select create new proposal or click on the grant opportunities tab. Scroll down to simons foundation and then click apply now for the Life science-simons postdoctoral fellowships in marine microbial ecology program in order to start the proposal and access the templates. After all sections are completed, you will be able to click on the submit button to send.

  2. How do I create a proposalCENTRAL user account?plus--large

    Go to https://proposalcentral.altum.com/ (pC) and click create one now under application login. Fill in the required fields, check the boxes to agree to pC’s Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy and then click save.

  3. Can I email or mail my proposal?plus--large

    No, the Simons Foundation only accepts proposals submitted online through https://proposalcentral.altum.com/.

  4. Do I need institutional sign off to submit a proposal?plus--large

    Yes, the Signature Page is available for download in the signature page module and must be signed by the signing official, then re-uploaded in the proposal attachments module. Please plan accordingly with your institution to retrieve this signature by the proposal deadline. No extensions will be given.

  5. Can postdoctoral associates apply as fellows?plus--large

    Candidates who hold or will hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of activation of the fellowship are eligible to apply. Applicants should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within three years of the fellowship’s start date. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience.

  6. Can foreign institutions apply for this grant?plus--large

    No, awards can only be issued to nonprofit research universities or research institutions in the U.S.

  7. Do I need to submit bio sketches with the proposal?plus--large

    Yes, bio sketches are required for both the sponsor and postdoctoral fellow applicant.

  8. What are the font style and size requirements?plus--large

    Type should be set in legible, 11-point font. All margins should be set at 0.5 inches.

  9. Are indirect costs included in the annual budget limits?plus--large

    No, indirect costs are not allowed.

  10. To whom is the grant awarded?plus--large

    The grant is awarded to the fellow’s host institution.

  11. Does the sponsor need to sign the signature page?plus--large

    No, only the signing official is required to sign the signature page.

  12. Can I make changes to the proposal once it has been submitted?plus--large

    Before you can make changes to your submitted proposal, you must first contact the Simons Foundation. Please email lifegrants@simonsfoundation.org or call (212) 524-1604. Proposals can only be changed prior to the June 14, 2019 deadline.

  13. submit button?"> Where is the submit button?plus--large

    The submit button is located in the last section of the proposal. You will be unable to submit if you have not provided all the required information. If the submission deadline has not passed, use the validate button to check for missing requirements. If the problem persists, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

  14. Does the Simons Foundation grant extensions for proposals?plus--large

    No extensions will be given. If you have any difficulties, please email lifegrants@simonsfoundation.org or call (212) 524-1604. Please do not contact pcsupport@altum.com directly.

  15. Are deadline times adjusted for time zones?plus--large

    No, please be advised that deadlines are in Eastern time (ET). We recommend registering early and submitting proposals with ample time for corrections prior to the deadline hour. Site traffic can slow page-load times. The submit button will not work after the deadline time has passed.

  16. Is there a confirmation email when I submit?plus--large

    A confirmation email is sent upon submission of the proposal. Please contact pcsupport@altum.com if you submitted your proposal and have not received a confirmation email within ten minutes. Make sure that spam filters allow emails from pcsupport@altum.com. The proposal will be in the submitted tab when you next log in.

  17. I get an error message citing a missing section when I try to submit.plus--large

    The validate button reviews your proposal for missing sections. The submission instructions list the required sections and attachments. You must complete the missing sections listed. If you are still receiving error messages after completing and saving the indicated sections, please contact pcsupport@altum.com.

  18. Is validating my proposal the same as submitting it?plus--large

    No. Validating the proposal checks for errors and omissions, and will alert you to missing requirements of your proposal. If the proposal is complete, you must then click submit. You will receive an email within ten minutes. Contact pcsupport@altum.com if you do not receive confirmation and do not see your proposal in the submitted tab or with the status changed to submitted.

  19. The deadline for notification about whether or not I have been selected or not has passed. What is the status of my proposal?plus--large

    You should receive notification within 24 hours of the deadline. Please check your spam filter settings if you have not received notification by then.

2018

B. Cael, Ph.D.
Testing a distributional theory for the sinking flux of marine organic matter
University of Hawaii at Manoa, laboratory of Angelicque White

Eryn Eitel, Ph.D.
Ecological importance of sulfur redox intermediates in marine sediments
California Institute of Technology, laboratory of Alex Sessions

Matti Gralka, Ph.D.
Resistance and resilience of marine microbial communities to perturbations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, laboratory of Otto Cordero

Nicholas Hawco, Ph.D.
Regional versus phylogenetic inheritance of iron metabolism traits in Prochlorococcus, a globally important cyanobacterium
University of Southern California, laboratory of Seth John

Katherine Heal, Ph.D.
Mechanisms and consequences of trace metal recycling by heterotrophic bacteria in marine surface waters
University of Washington, laboratory of Randelle Bundy

Bennett Lambert, Ph.D.
Diversify to survive: the role of phenotypic heterogeneity in the life history of marine picoeukaryotes
University of Washington, laboratory of E. Virginia Armbrust

Alexandra McCully, Ph.D.
Physiology and diversity of deep-sea sediment chloroflexi
Stanford University, laboratory of Alfred Spormann

Marian Schmidt, Ph.D.
Biological innovation and resilience in the ocean
The University of Texas at Austin, laboratory of Howard Ochman

Emily Zakem, Ph.D.
What controls the transition from aerobic to anaerobic microbial activity in the ocean?
University of Southern California, laboratory of Naomi Marcil Levine

2017

Natalie Cohen, Ph.D.
Linking trace metal availability with phytoplankton metal metabolism
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, laboratory of Mak Saito

Keisuke Inomura, Ph.D.
Predicting ecological niches of diverse nitrogen fixers in the global ocean
University of Washington, laboratory of Curtis Deutsch

Chana Kranzler, Ph.D.
Driving marine biogeochemical cycles through phytoplankton host-virus interactions
Rutgers University, laboratory of Kimberlee Thamatrakoln

Xuefeng Peng, Ph.D.
Impact of marine fungi on global biogeochemical cycling of C and N
University of California, Santa Barbara, laboratory of David Valentine

Wei Qin, Ph.D.
Adaptive significance of marine ammonia-oxidizing archaeal membrane lipids
University of Washington, laboratory of Anitra Ingalls

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