HSIE Training Program 2020 RFA

Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Training Program for Postdoctoral Fellows

Request for Applications

The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) is pleased to invite full applications for the 2020 Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Training Program for Postdoctoral Fellows, which is a component for the Clinical and Translational Science Award.  This two-year graduate certificate program will start on July 1, 2020 and provides support for four postdoctoral fellows.  Applications from all UAMS Colleges are welcome.   Fellows in their first three years of postdoctoral training, or final-year PhD or MD/PhD graduates entering postdoctoral training, are eligible.  HSIE Postdoctoral Scholars will have a primary research mentor, while obtaining value-added training in business principles, entrepreneurial skills, team science, and strategies to innovate and commercialize health care technologies.   The program is a partnership between the TRI and the Entrepreneurship Graduate Program in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.   The goal of the HSIE Training Program is to broaden a scholar’s vision of using entrepreneurship principles and team science to accelerate the biomedical discoveries into improved health outcomes in academic settings, and also offer nontraditional training to enhance readiness for industry, government, and other nonacademic jobs.

HSIE Trainees will receive:

  • Stipend support (including fringe) at the NIH funding level for two years
  • Tuition and fees for a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Health Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Non-stipend support, which can be used for insurance, computer software, and classroom supplies
  • A travel allowance to attend a national meeting or symposium

Important Dates

  • January 10, 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon): Informational sessions for applicants (research mentors welcome), I Dodd Wilson Education Building, Rooms 105A/B.  Lunch provided for first 50 attendees.  Please RSVP by Thursday, January 9 to Pamela Kahler (kahlerpamj@uams.edu)
  • February 14, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.: Applications Due
  • March 13, 2020: Awardees Notified
  • July 1, 2020: Trainee Start Date


  • A postdoctoral fellow in Years 1-3 of post-graduate training may apply, including recent PhD or MD/PhD graduates entering postdoctoral training who have identified a primary research mentor.
  • Candidate must be a S. citizen, non-citizen national or permanent resident. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • The HSIE Postdoctoral Training Program welcomes and encourages members of under-represented minority groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from NIH-defined disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.

Application Instruction

 Applications should include the following components arranged in the specified order and page numbered sequentially.

  1. A short cover letter requesting consideration for the TL1 HSIE Training Program which includes: (1) a statement outlining your interest in the HSIE Training Program, (2) previous experience with entrepreneurial endeavors, if any, and (3) a short summary of 1-3 innovative or entrepreneurial ideas the applicant would like to pursue during this training period (the project will be selected by the program faculty).  (three page maximum)
  2. A copy of your NIH formatted biosketch. A sample and form is available online at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm. Please include academic and publication records.
  3. Two letters of recommendation:
    1. Letter and NIH biosketch from primary research mentor. This letter should detail his/her support of and commitment to the applicant’s participation in the training program. This letter must include the mentor’s assessment of your interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. This letter should not exceed two
    2. A letter of recommendation and support from the chair of your department. This letter should not exceed one page.

Proposal Format

 Proposals should be typed, single spaced with 0.5-inch margins. Acceptable fonts are Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri with a font size of 11pt. Please use appropriate headings in preparing your proposal. ALL application documents must be merged into a single PDF file.

Submission Process

The application submission due date is 5 p.m. on February 14, 2020. Applications should be emailed to Pamela Kahler.

Application Review Process and Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the HSIE Program co-Directors and members of the Executive Committee.

Program Contact

If you have any questions regarding this RFA, please contact Pamela Kahler

Pamela Kahler
Program Manager, HSIE Postdoctoral Training Program
UAMS Translational Research Institute