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The global reception to our concerns was positive and much more when under enough pressure mountains can be leveled and even 

supportive than anticipated. For example, we expected some partisan Congress can function properly!

issues whereby support would be more likely to come from one side 

of the isle then the other. To the contrary, we received bipartisan 

support with both Democrats and Republicans communicating that 

our concerns were also their concerns and thus on their agenda. It Research Mini-Fellowship

is interesting to note that identiication of areas whereby funds could 

be found to increase the number of grants awarded in the absence of 
signiicant changes in the overall budget numbers came from Democrat 

ofices. These discussions focused on the difference between the 

actual cost for lab space rent and administration compared to relative 
SFRBM is pleased to announce the irst cycle 2015 Research 
amount of indirect funding charged by an institution. We were asked Mini-Fellowship Grant recipient is Thea Golden, PharmD, Rutgers 

why we need 50% or greater indirect costs when current estimates University.

reveal 35-40% would be more than suficient to cover these “overhead” 

expenses. In addition, we were asked why institutions with multi-billion Thea Golden, PharmD

Rutgers University
dollar endowments are receiving in excess of 90% for indirect costs. Research: Assessment of NOS Uncoupling in 

Furthermore, it was recommended that either indirects be capped at Lung Injury

40% or eliminated completely. To these points we agreed that there Training Site: Oxford University

was signiicant room for revamping and/or capping indirect charges; Mentor: Mark Crabtree, Ph.D.

however, sudden elimination of this funding mechanism would be 


The deadline for the second cycle of 2015 Research Mini- 
Overall, it was the collective conclusion from our group, as well as 
Fellowhship Grant is October 1, 2015.
others, that there was signiicant bipartisan support for setting the 

NIH on a trajectory that would lead to recovery as well as signiicant To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria: 

growth. Although verbal support is a moonlight mile down the road 1. Current of SFRBM

from actual dollars buttressing a tangible elevation in pay-lines, it was 2. Must be one (1) of the following:

encouraging that our concerns were well-received. This being said, it is a. Student, enrolled in a graduate school training program 

b. Post-doctoral fellow
abundantly clear that now is the time to maintain pressure on Congress. c. Clinical fellow/medical trainee

Therefore, we recommend that each SFRBM member reach out to d. Investigator within two (2) years of obtaining MD or Ph.D. 

representatives from their home districts and communicate concerns e. Junior faculty within two (2) years of their initial 

regarding the current funding situation. Information to assist in drafting appointment as Associate Professor

these letters/emails can be found on the FASEB website (http://www. 3. Only one (1) appliation in each funding cycle will be 
considered while empirical data 

noting funding for each district can be found here (http://www.faseb. For more information regarding the application and program 

org/Policy-and-Government-Affairs/News-Room/Article-Detail-View/ details, please visit 

tabid/1014/ArticleId/1164/FASEB-Releases-New-Interactive-Map-of- fellowships.

Federal-Science-Funding-By-District.aspx). Just keep in mind that

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