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What is Oklahoma Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship?

The Oklahoma Health Research program provides OCAST funding for projects that are “a specific examination, experimentation or investigation or initiative to provide research resources oriented principally toward basic, applied and developmental scientific inquiry related to the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases and disabilities and mental health and emotional disorders and the rehabilitation of persons afflicted with such diseases, disabilities and disorders; new knowledge, better understanding and innovative methods to improve the processes by which health care services are made available and how they may be provided more efficiently, more effectively and at a lower cost, for all the citizens of this state; and the development of new products and services which shall form the basis of new high-technology health research and care industry for this state” (74 O.S., Section 5060.4).

The Oklahoma Health Research program’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (Health Fellowship) Initiative funding is intended to improve the state’s health sciences R&D base by encouraging recent doctoral degree recipients to better prepare for scientific and technical-based careers in academia or high-tech companies in Oklahoma. OCAST fellowship funding acknowledges that the principal resources of the research institutions and companies are the people they employ, and this Initiative allows those entities to attract and/or retain the best candidates into established, successful health research facilities within Oklahoma.

Why Oklahoma Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship?

  • Awards minimum of $25,000 and maximum of $75,000 per year (maximum of $150,000 over two years)
  • No matching funds are required for these program awards
  • To recruit and retain outstanding postdoctoral health research scientists for the state
  • To enhance the competitiveness of Oklahoma postdoctoral researchers in their pursuit of additional research funds
  • To improve health care for Oklahoma citizens
  • To strengthen the state’s health care industry
  • The Health Fellowship encourages recent doctoral degree recipients to better prepare for scientific and technical-based careers in academia or high-tech companies in Oklahoma

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Oklahoma public or private colleges or universities
  • Non-profit research institutions
  • Private enterprises with the principal place of business in Oklahoma

How to apply?

  • Next application submission period opens on August 15, 2022 and closes September 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • When available during the application submission period, view the OCAST program funding opportunity announcement including submission dates and application instructions
  • Through OCAST’s online application portal OGX
  • Additional information about online application process
  • Effective 1/1/2022, start dates for program awards cannot be delayed more than 60 days and requests for delayed start dates will only be considered if there is a compelling reason such as an unavoidable delay in securing IRB approval, the principal investigator/project manager is unavoidably detained on another project, unavoidable material shortages, etc.  Additionally no-cost extensions to award contracts, including no cost extensions, cannot be permitted for more than 90 days.

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Last Modified on May 31, 2022
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