Beyond federal funding

PAAC workshop to explore nontraditional sources for research grants

Published April 01 2019

For many American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology members who run independent labs, the search for research funding is an ongoing challenge.

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee started an alternative funding working group in 2017 tasked with creating tools to help members find funding from sources other than federal science agencies such as the National Institutes of Health or the National Science Foundation.

The working group will host its first major event during the annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in room W205A. This panel discussion will explore alternative funding options available to biochemists and molecular biologists.

The panelists will include:
Susanna Greer Susanna Greer, ASBMB member and director of the clinical cancer research, nutrition and immunology program in the extramural grants department of the American Cancer Society.
Nick Tonks Nick Tonks, recipient of the ASBMB’s 2019 Earl and Thressa Stadtman Distinguished Scientist Award (read his profile on page 37) and a professor at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Janet Hieshetter Janet Hieshetter, executive director of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.
Terri Kinzy The panel will be chaired by ASBMB PAAC member Terri Kinzy, vice president for research at Western Michigan University.

All ASBMB members are invited to attend. Greer and Hieshetter will describe the funding mechanisms offered by their organizations and share tips for submitting successful applications. They also will talk about similarities and differences between grants from large and small foundations. Tonks will share his experience as a recipient of several grants from foundations.

This panel is one of several events planned by the PAAC’s alternative funding working group to help ASBMB members learn about innovative ways to find funding for their research. If you want to see more of these events highlighting alternative funding opportunities, please contact us.

Town hall at EB

Matthew Gentry Matthew Gentry For the third consecutive year, the ASBMB PAAC will hold an advocacy town hall event at Experimental Biology.

The event, at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in room W307CD, is an open-format briefing from PAAC chair Matt Gentry of the University of Kentucky and Benjamin Corb, the ASBMB’s public affairs director. Matt and Ben will update attendees on the committee’s activities over the past year and discuss the policy agenda that the public affairs team is advocating for in Washington on behalf of ASBMB members and the research community. They also will answer your questions about science policy and your research experience. Topics for discussion include the NIH’s Next Generation Research Initiative, how science funding agencies are working to combat sexual harassment and fiscal policies in Capitol Hill that might impact investments in research.

Ben Corb and policy specialist Daniel Pham will be at the meeting representing the ASBMB public affairs team, and they will be happy to arrange one-on-one meetings with you to discuss policy questions, concerns or strategy. Just visit the ASBMB booth and they’ll help you connect.

Benjamin Corb Benjamin Corb is director of public affairs at ASBMB. Follow him on Twitter.