Maternity Support Program
Women are underrepresented in the biological sciences, particularly following child-bearing years. ImmunoX is dedicated to supporting graduate students, postdocs, and fellows who are new mothers to meet their family care obligations while pursuing their academic ambitions. To that end, we have allocated funds for an ImmunoX Maternity Support Program that provides support towards supplemental technical assistance, particularly for new mothers in the critical period after childbirth or during early child-rearing.
Female graduate students (25% or more appointment), postdocs, and fellows from full-membership ImmunoX labs who have a dependent child are eligible for the ImmunoX Maternity Support Program. This program is not based on financial need. Female applicants must be associated with an ImmunoX member lab (check here). The applicant’s dependent child must be an infant or within pre-school age range (≤ 5 years old). In 2019, the program may be applied towards supplemental technical assistance and in future emergency childcare and other programs are anticipated. NOTE: At this time, male trainees with dependent children are not eligible for this program as it is seeking to address longstanding disparities in females navigating this life-transition, although this may change if increased funding becomes available and ImmunoX seeks also to support a life-science balance for all (see also: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-926.html)
Supplemental Technical Assistance:
At this time, eligible applicants can apply for supplemental technical assistance:
- Supplemental Technical Assistance
This option provides supplemental funding for up to 6 months of salary for a maximum of $30,000 in salary compensation to help cover additional personnel (e.g. research technician or equivalent staff) to sustain the applicant’s research while on family leave. The applicant’s principal investigator is required to be a co-applicant on the RFA, provide a letter of support, and agree to co-supervise the research technician during the applicant’s leave. Applicants who are pregnant should submit an RFA as soon as possible, including a detailed proposal for the research technician or equivalent staff. Applicants who submit for additional funds from the NIH Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplement (PCTAS) will receive additional consideration (see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-926.html).
Female trainees enrolled in the program on a “first-come, first-served” basis and will be able to access services as long as funding lasts. If program use exceeds funds available, the program may be suspended.
We are aware that the supplemental technical assistance option is not “one-size-fits-all” and that customized assistance in justifiable situations could be made available to an eligible applicant. In the near future, we hope to expand the number of support options to include child care assistance and back-up child care support. While we seek to expand support options with UCSF leadership, we would like to hear from you about other potential options. If you would like to propose alternative options, please fill out the “Applicant-Proposed Assistance Form” below.
Selection and Awards:
The ImmunoX Membership & Community Committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting applications for funding. The primary criteria for evaluation of applications include but are not limited to:
- Description of applicant’s need for funding. Priority will be given to trainees taking maternity leave following birth/adoption of an infant. However, support may be considered in certain circumstances for those with older preschool-aged children.
- Description of how the supplemental technical assistance will promote applicant’s scientific goals, including a detailed plan for securing technician support and ensuring that this will benefit the trainee (e.g. scope of work to be completed, skill set of technician, plan for PI oversight).
- Budget and budget justification in support of requested costs.
- Applicants who submit for additional funds from the NIH Primary Caregiver Technical Assistance Supplement (PCTAS) will receive additional consideration. Please indicate on the application if you have also submitted for this mechanism.
- Letter of Support from PI with his/her agreement to supervise the research technician during the applicant’s leave period. Please include the name and title of person providing technical support or plan/timeline for new hire.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact our ImmunoX Chief Strategist, Vincent Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss an application or to propose alternative ways in which ImmunoX can support you during this period.
Guidelines & Application: Application Form (.docx)
Deadline: Rolling deadline
Contact: Send the completed application and all required documents to ImmunoX@ucsf.edu before the deadline.