Research Management Group (RMG)

Francis Family Foundation
Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program

**Limited submission funding opportunity for Instructors and postdoctoral fellows involved in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine. Clinical or basic science departments are suitable; however, it is expected that the proposed research will focus on lung biology or lung disease. The ideal candidate is one with evidence of strong aptitude in research and who is in transition from post-doctoral trainee to independent investigator. An internal selection process required.**

This webpage contains the 2014 internal selection process for your reference only.   A separate announcement will be distributed in 2015.

This webpage contains the internal selection process for the School of Medicine ONLY. Postdocs in other Schools please contact the following individuals to inquire how their internal selection process would be handled:
Humanities and Sciences: Kristi Geerke
Engineering: Gina Liebig at

# of applicants permitted:
Each department* may submit only two applications annually and is limited to a maximum of three active fellowships at any one time. See below >>
*Departments may submit more than one internal candidate proposal for this internal selection process.

Internal School of Medicine deadline: Mon., Sept. 15, 2014, 4 p.m. (see internal submission guidelines below)
Sponsor: Oct. 15, 2015


PBF Fellows:

Current Stanford Fellow:
Joe Hsu (Med/Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) 2014-2017
Our other PBF fellow, Christin Kuo's (Pediatrics) fellowship ends this year.

The Parker B. Francis Fellowship provides research support to clinical and basic scientists embarking on careers in clinical, laboratory or translational science related to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at a U.S. or Canadian university or research institution.

The ideal candidate is one with evidence of strong aptitude in research and who is in transition from post-doctoral trainee to independent investigator. It is essential that there be evidence of accomplishment and proficiency in research. Few applicants who are just beginning research training and have only one or two research publications are funded.

Amount of funding:
The total budget is limited to $50,000 for the first year, $52,000 for the second and $54,000 for the third.


Other funding restrictions:

Appropriate Topics

A broad array of approaches to pulmonary and critical care medicine, ranging from cell and molecular studies, to those involving epidemiologic and clinical aspects of human subjects are appropriate. We also encourage applications from pulmonary medicine specialists interested in pursuing research in bioethical aspects of pulmonary medicine or critical care. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the ethics of clinical trials in critical care, end-of-life decisions and resource allocation. The context of all these topics should be pulmonary biology and lung disease. Applicants must meet all the eligibility standards. Mentors and/or applicants considering whether a particular area is appropriate are encouraged to discuss potential projects with the Director of the PBF Fellowship Program in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Thomas Martin.

Evaulation Criteria

The appraisal of a PBF Fellowship application is based on consideration of:

Internal Submission Guidelines

By Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, 4 p.m., please submit one PDF file containing the following (in the order listed below) via email attachment to:

Jeanne Heschele
Research Management Group

NOTE: You do not have to prepare a budget, submit an electronic PDRF routing form or involve your institutional representative for the internal selection process.

a) Title page
Title of the RFA: Francis Family Foundation Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program
Title of your proposal:
PI (postdoc) name:
Your title:
Your Contact information (your dept. address, room #, your email address and phone #
(The title page should be in the above format. Please do not include an introductory note.)

b) Nomination/recommendation letter addressed to Dr. Peter Sarnow and the School of Medicine Awards Committee printed on department letterhead prepared by and signed by your mentor and co-signed by your division chief or department chair. The letter should confirm that 75 percent of a fellow's time is available for research, discuss as well as the three evaluation criteria listed above

c) Research proposal summary (up to 2 pages)
Use Arial 11-point font size, margins of 0.5 inch, and single-line spacing for all text
Projects must relate specifically to the section entitled "Appropriate Topics".
Illustrations & references not included in the page total.

d) CV (limit to 3 pages)

e) Other Funding (include name of sponsor, amount of funding, term of funding start date to end date)

Selection process (School of Medicine).
The proposals will be reviewed by the Awards Committee members. The sponsor's deadline is Oct. 15, 2014. The other schools will conduct their own respective internal selection process.


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