Nanotechnology and Physical Sciences Training Program in Cancer Research

Terms & Conditions for Trainees

Citizenship:  The training fellowships are available only to citizens of the United States or foreign nationals holding Permanent Resident Visas (alien registration receipt card I-151 or I-551).

Full-time Training and University of Washington Registration:  Predoctoral trainees must be registered for a minimum of 10 credits per quarter for AU, WI, and SP quarters, and 2 credits for SU quarter, as required by the graduate school. Trainees are required by the NIH to pursue research training (research, independent study, coursework) on a full-time basis, devoting at least 40 hours a week to the program.

Taxability of stipends:  The awardee is responsible for determining his/her tax liability. The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (543-8576) offers yearly tax preparation workshops.

Continued support:  Awardees may apply for an additional year of support contingent upon satisfactory academic and research progress. Renewal applications will be considered together with new applications. No trainees will be supported for more than two years.

Research ethics:  Fellowship awardees are required under the terms of the training grant to attend 6 hr of formal instruction in ethics of research provided by a department on campus, Translational Health Science (ITHS), or the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Trainees who have previously attended the Biomedical Research Integrity Program series sponsored by the School of Medicine are exempt from this requirement.

Course requirements:  Trainees are expected to complete three core courses (1 credit per  course, i.e., 1 credit per quarter in average) and one elective course (3 credit) that will provide them with a broad background in nanotechnology/physical sciences and oncology. All trainees are required to attend an annual training program symposium, a journal club, and seminars/workshops in communication and professional skills. Active participation in these activities will be part of evaluation for continued support.

Core Courses:

(1) Frontiers in Nanotechnology (1 credit): This course is offered by the Center of Nanotechnology.

(2) Clinical Research (1 credit): This web course is offered by the Institute of Translational Health Science (ITHS) ( Trainees are required to watch all the lectures on ITHS Clinical Research Education Series.

(3) Translating Research into Practice (1 credit). This web course is offered by ITHS ( Trainees are required to watch at least 6 of the following lectures on ITHS Clinical and Translational Research Boot Camp

ITHS Boot Camp - Integrating Ethics in Research - Sept 20 (09/20/2010)

ITHS Boot Camp - Practical Issues in the Planning and Conduct of Research - Sept 20 (09/21/2010)

ITHS Boot Camp - IND Applications - What You Need to Know - Sept 22 (09/22/2010)

ITHS Boot Camp - Preclinical Research: Planning for Success - Sept 22 (09/22/2010)

ITHS Boot Camp - Tools to Make Collaborative Research Easier- Sept 23 (09/23/2010)

ITHS Boot Camp - Molecular Imaging Technologies - Sept 25 (09/25/2009)

ITHS Boot Camp - Dissemination of Research into Practice - Sept 25 (09/25/2009)

ITHS Boot Camp - Practical Issues in Research - Sept 21 (09/21/2009)

ITHS Boot Camp - Non-Clinical Trials - Sept 21 (09/21/2009)

Characterizing a New Chemical/Biological Entity Slide Handouts

Changes in FDA Investigational New Drug Safety Reporting Requirements, Tory Lake (06/14/2011)

Dissemination Successfully into Existing Practice Models, Paul Fishman, PhD (09/15/2008)

INDs – Investigator Responsibilities, Lynn M. Rose, PhD (09/15/2008)

Investigator Responsibilities in Clinical Research: Insights and Helpful Hints for Researchers Slides Handouts, Ann Melvin, MD, MPH

(4) Biomedical Research Integrity Seminar Series (1 credit).  This course is offered every quarter by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities.  Trainees are required to complete one full quarterly course in the duration of their training period.  To register for this course, visit:

Elective courses (3 credits):

Trainees from an engineering or physical science background are required to take at lease one elective course in oncology and those from medical background must take one elective course in nanotechnology or physical sciences. The elective course can be chosen from UW existing course curricula. These include, for trainees with medical background: Biomimetics: Bioinspired Design and Processing of Materials (MSE 555), Controlled-Released Systems (BIOEN 491), Biosensors and Biomedical Sensing (BIOEN 573), Medical Imaging (BIOEN420), Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics and Cell Function (BIOEN 555); for trainees with engineering/physical science background: Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB 509) and Introduction to Pathology (PATH 510). A brief description for each course can be found in the UW course catalog ( Elective courses are not limited to the list above and can be chosen by the trainee based on his/her research needs but must be approved by the participating faculty and the training program directors.

Annual training program symposium:

In the spring or summer quarter of each academic year, all trainees will meet for a one-day symposium. All trainees, the members of Executive Committee of the program, will participate in the symposium. Participating faculty are welcome to attend. Each trainee will deliver a 15-min presentation on his or her research progress and plan for future research.

Journal Club: The Journal Club will meet monthly for an hour or bimonthly for two hours. This will give trainees the opportunity to become well acquainted with the current literature in nanotechnology and cancer biology. One or two trainees will be assigned to select an article for all trainees to read a week prior to the meeting and lead the discussion. The articles should be related to the current and upcoming research projects of the trainees. The topics of the journal articles selected will alternate between biological/medical and basic science topics. These club meetings appraising interdisciplinary research will offer insights into successful research methods, influencing the research habits early in each trainee's research career.

Communication and Professional Skill Training:  Trainees are required to attend at least one of the following workshops/seminars on communication and professional skills and report their training activities at their annual reports.  Options of workshops/seminars include:

(a) Research proposal writing

The UW Advance Workshop ( offers training in writing research grant proposals. The workshop provides an intensive overview of the narrative portion of a proposal from the perspective of the reviewer. Areas covered include: approaching a sponsor, components of a proposal (including budget), matching the narrative to the sponsor's guidelines, writing style and common errors to avoid. Sample proposals will be reviewed, and there will be opportunity for questions and answers. Trainees will be notified to attend other grant writing workshops available at the UWSOM and FHCRC. The Engineering Writing Center ( will also be available for development of scientific writing skills.

(b) Communication and leadership workshop

This workshop will be offered in conjunction with Chemical Engineering on their existing Leadership Seminar Series, which provides a forum for academic, government, industrial leaders to share their expertise and insights with graduate students. Speakers and students will have an opportunity to discuss topics related to leadership in engineering and medical profession including career planning, management skills, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, ethics, and strategic decisions.

(c) Career counseling

The UW Advance Workshop also sponsors workshops on career counseling (

Annual report: Each trainee is required to submit a 2-page annual report on his or her training activities during the supporting period, including (a) Research progress, (b) Course work summary, and (c) Publications.

Human or animal subjects:  If your research includes human and/or animal subjects, please provide the existing protocol # and approval date or contact the Training Program assistant (Dr. Hanson Fong).

Going on Leave: Trainees who decide to go on leave during their period of support may do so for up to 6 months and resume grant support upon their return. Please contact Dr. Hanson Fong ( to make arrangements. While exceptions are possible under unusual circumstances, trainees who end up being away for longer than 6 months typically are not added back to the grant upon their return.

Payback Agreement for postdoctoral and MD Fellows: A Payback Agreement (PHS 6031, revised 9/08) must be submitted for all postdoctoral and MD trainees beginning their initial appointment. No stipend or other allowances may be paid until submission of the proper forms. The trainee is also responsible to submit "Annual payback activities certificate" (APAC, PHS 6031-1), signed by their current supervisors or program director. For details in payback requirements, please visit and

For further information, please contact Hanson Fong

Next Application Due Date:

July 15, 2013