Research Mini-Fellowship Grant

SFRBM is pleased to announce the 2015 Research Mini-Fellowship Grant which will
provide additional research training opportunities for young investigators in the fields of
free radical chemistry, redox biology and antioxidants that are not available at their home
institution. The program allows young investigators to cultivate collaborative relationships
with established scientists, develop novel techniques or methodologies and expand their
career development and research opportunities. A total of four fellowships will be funded
each year. The deadline for the first cycle of 2015 is May 1, 2015 and two grants at a
maximum of $5,000 USD will be awarded.



SFRBM is pleased to announce the second cycle of 2014 Research Mini-Fellowship Grants have
been awarded to Vlad Serbulea, Venkata Vaka and Iva Vukelic.

Vlad Serbulea
University of Virginia
Research: Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometryl
Training Site: Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Sean Davies, Ph.D.
Amount Funded: $2,500

Venkata Vaka
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Research: Mitochondrial Complex_I and ROS
Training Site: Virginia Commonwealth University/
McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Mentor: Edward J. Lesnefsky, MD, FAHA, FACC
Amount Funded: $3,400

Iva Vukelic
University of Rijeka
Research: Nuclear fractionation and quantification of nuclear NF-kB with ELISA method
Training Site: University of Nebraska Medical Center,
Mentor: Rebecca Oberley-Deegan, Ph.D.
Amount Funded: $4,100



Gopi Kolluru, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University - Health Sciences Center
Research: Detection of Protin S-Nitrosation
Training Site: Medicial College of Wisconsin
Mentor: Neil Hogg, Ph.D.
Amount Funded: $2,500



Artak Tovmasyan, Ph.D.
Duke University
Research: Detection of Protein Thiol Modifications
Training Site: Emory University School of Medicine
Mentor: Dean Jones, Ph.D.
Amount Funded: $2,500





  • Provide additional research training opportunities for young investigators in the field of free radical biology that are not available at their home institution.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships between established scientists and development of novel techniques or methodologies at applicant’s home institution.
  • Promote career development and research opportunities for young investigators.


  1. Applicant must be a current member of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.
  2. Applicant must be one (1) of the following:
    • Student, enrolled in a graduate school training program.
    • Post-doctoral fellow.
    • Clinical fellow/medical trainee.
    • Investigator within five (5) years of obtaining their M.D. or Ph.D.
    • Junior faculty within two (2) years of their initial appointment as Assistant Professor.
  3. Only one application per young investigator in each funding cycle (February-July and August through January) will be considered.

Application and Program Details

Applicants should submit a 3 page proposal that specifies:

  1. a brief description of the applicant’s current research program and justification of use of technical expertise that is not available at the applicant’s institution.
  2. description of the new methodology that will be used and its application to the applicant’s research project; as well as the research site where training will be obtained, and the mentor who will supervise research training.
  3. whether this new methodology will be applied to other ongoing research activities at the applicant’s home institution, and whether resources are available at home institution to implement the desired new methodology.

The project should focus on training of a specific analytical technique or methodology that relates directly to free radical biology, and is not available or developed at the trainee’s institution, and should describe how this technology/methodology supports the applicant’s current research program and her/his future career objectives. Examples include: specific analytical methods for analysis of biomarkers of oxidative stress, the use of EPR or radiolytic techniques for studying free radical reactions, molecular biology or cell culture techniques relevant to free radical research, in vivo techniques of oxygen tension or delivery, training in chemical synthesis of relevant molecules, etc.

The application should include CV that describes the applicant’s areas of expertise, a biographical sketch of the potential mentor, as well as support letters from the current mentor/supervision and from the research mentor at the host institution. The proposed mentor must be a member of SFRBM.

The duration of the project at the mentor's site should range anywhere from two weeks to two months.

Grant Amount and Budget: The maximum individual grant amount to be awarded is $5,000 for the Spring 2015 cycle. Awards can be used to cover travel expenses, accommodations and related costs near the host’s institution, and specific reagents/supplies. These awards are not intended to supplement other funding sources for ongoing research projects.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015

Complete applications should be submitted electronically to SFRBM at as a single pdf document and should consist of: 1) a completed SFRBM Research Mini-Fellowship Application form (use template form); 2) a 3-page proposal description; 3) a detailed budget; 4) applicant’s CV; 5) a biographical sketch from the potential mentor; and 6) letters of support from both the current research mentor as well as the mentor at the host institution.

Proposal Review and Announcement
Proposals will be reviewed by the SFRBM Young Investigator Committee within one month of the application deadline. All applicants will be informed in May and November 2015 as to whether their proposal will be funded. Announcement of SFRBM Research Fellowship recipients will also be made at the Annual SFRBM Meeting (November).

Awards to be Funded in 2015
SFRBM intends to fund two (2) awards for each of the cycles described above (4 total).

Final evaluation and report
All Research Mini-Fellowship rotations must be completed within six months of receiving the award. The awardee should complete a brief evaluation form co-signed by the hosting mentor within 2 weeks of completion of the fellowship. Also, the awardee is requested to provide a 2-page summary (and potential publications or abstracts) describing the application of the new technique or methodology to her/his research program within 6 months after the completion of the program, and submit these materials to the SFRBM office.

Download Forms
> 2015 Research Mini-Fellowship Grant Application
> 2015 Research Mini-Fellowship Grant CV Form
> 2015 Potential Mentor Biographical Sketch Form
For a sample CV form, click here
For a sample Biographical Sketch, click here

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