What is FRED?

The FRED (Faculty Research and Education Development) Mentoring Program is a structured mentorship program designed to promote grant funding success for junior faculty at MSIs (minority-serving institutions) and other institutions with a strong commitment to recruiting students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM to the field of cell biology. Each early-career scientist will work with a senior faculty research mentor with a strong track record of grant funding, with the goal of preparing a strong research or educational grant proposal for submission to the NSF, NIH, or comparable funding agency. The program is structured to facilitate regular communication between the mentors and mentees, as well as several opportunities for more intensive collaboration on proposal development. Highlights of the year-long program include funding for attendance at: a 3-day Career Development Workshop for Junior Faculty and Mentors; a mock grant review panel at the ASCB Annual Meeting; and exchange visits between the mentor’s and mentee’s institutions. Applications for the program are generally open from January to the end of March for cohorts that will start in the summer. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15


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Mentorship for early-career faculty to improve grantwriting success.
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