Each conference (see below for more detailed descriptions) will bring together about 50 Fellows (faculty from their first year through soon after tenure) and 10 Facilitators (senior faculty who guide the discussions) over 3½ days, with the goal of launching innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that the funding partners support with one-year grants of $50,000 per Fellow on each funded team.
Fields of Research:
Advancing BioImaging (May 20-23, 2021)
Four landmark innovations in imaging have been recognized with recent Nobel Prizes - 3-D tomography/MRI, genetically encoded fluorescent proteins, super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, and atomic resolution electron microscopy. While none of these advances delivers cellular resolution deep in tissue, they do provide models for how such technical advances occur. Those new technologies were each developed collaboratively through interactions among physicists, chemists, engineers, software developers, biologists and clinicians. In the same manner, the goal of this Scialog will be to assemble approximately 50 early-career scientists with wide-ranging expertise who wish to apply their skills toward developing the next generation of imaging technologies that will enhance the ability to study tissues at cellular or sub-cellular resolution and to map biological processes within and throughout organisms.
Mitigating Zoonotic Threats (September 16-19, 2021)
Today, most new or emerging infectious diseases in people cross over from animals. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, a deeper understanding of the interactions between animals, people, pathogens and their environments could expand our ability to rapidly detect emerging pathogens and to quickly develop and deploy new medical countermeasures. This Scialog will bring together early-career scientists from multiple disciplines (including chemists, biologists, physicists, computer scientists, veterinary scientists, epidemiologists and public health specialists) along with scientists from federal agencies and thought leaders in the detection and mitigation of existing and emerging zoonotic threats. They will form an interdisciplinary community to catalyze basic scientific advances related to: rapid detection, identification, and diagnosis of pathogens and threats; mechanisms and inhibition of emerging and zoonotic disease pathogenesis; new approaches to vaccine development including methods that speed development or lead to broad-spectrum immunity; and modeling of epidemiology leading to actionable approaches to mitigating transmission.
- Applicants must be current early-career faculty members.
- Applicants must be the Principal Investigator on any resulting award.
- The Scialog program fosters an environment for listening and considering new ideas from a diverse group, with respect for all participants without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or any other aspect of participants identify themselves other than as fellow scientists.
Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission. We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.
- One-year grants of $50,000 per Fellow on each funded team
- It is expected that these Scialogs will be post-pandemic and held in-person in Tucson, Arizona.
To nominate one or more faculty as a Scialog Fellow (no limit to the number of nominations from an institution), please use the form available at:
You will be asked to provide:
- Nominee's ORCID ID, NSF or NIH biosketch or equivalent short-version CV, and
- A brief description of the faculty member's research area and methodological approach.
Self-nominations are accepted.
Please submit nominations by Friday, November 6, 2020.