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Call for Applications


Call for Applications - Deadlines January 15 and July 15

To:  Department Heads and Directors of Training Programs with interests in Musculoskeletal Research

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is dedicated to raising public awareness and to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases in the United States.  It is apparent that basic and clinical research in the musculoskeletal diseases performed by young investigators is not keeping pace with the increasing burden of these diseases in the United States.

The USBJI and Bone and Joint Canada offer a program with grant mentoring workshops to provide early-career basic and clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.

This grant mentoring workshop series is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs. It is also open to senior fellows or residents that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed and have a commitment to protected time for research. Basic and clinical investigators, with or without training awards (including K awards) are invited to apply.

Investigators selected to take part in the program attend two workshops, 12-18 months apart, and work with faculty between workshops to develop their grant applications. Workshops are scheduled to take place in the Spring and in the Fall.

Workshop dates
Spring - May 19-21, 2017 Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago)

Fall - November 10-12, 2017 Toronto, Ontario

The unique aspect of this grant mentoring program is the opportunity for attendees to maintain a relationship with a mentor until their application is funded.  To apply for this workshop the applicants must provide the following information.


1. Letter of nomination from the division or department chair, which must state whether the candidate is applying with or without a training grant.  Letter must include a description of the candidate's work, confirm there will be internal institutional support for the candidate to pursue their research interests, a pledge to cover the costs for roundtrip airfare for attendance at the two workshops, hotel room charges for both workshops and the registration fee for the full program if the candidate is accepted.  Fee schedule for the full program; $1000 if candidate is a member of an USBJI member organization and $1500 for non-members.  See attached lists of our Founding Members and Participating Members. Also supply the complete contact information for the candidate and the individual writing the nomination letter.  The full program includes two Young Investigator workshops, with the participants spending two (2) days at each workshop.  Confirm there will be internal institutional support for the candidate to pursue their research interests with protected time and resources to meet with the mentor.

2.  Letter of support from an institutional research mentor indicating the support this person is providing, or will provide, type of guidance, and outlining the plan for the mentorship including how he/she will provide support for the candidate's research project. If no institutional mentor is possible, at least a mentor in the same research area or with the ability to guide applicant, stating the mentor will meet regularly with the candidate.

3.  One or two page document with program title, and outline of a proposed grant application, to include the question, specific aims, and a brief description of research strategy, making sure to note applicant's name.

4.  Curriculum vitae of the applicant, to include complete contact details, discipline specialization and listing of publications.

5.  Applications are due by January 15 and by July 15   

6.  The application should be submitted via on-line application process,  Please complete the on-line application and upload the necessary documents as described above.

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Program outline and schedule

First workshop program

Second workshop program

Nancy Lane, MD
Chair, Young Investigators Initiative