Information for Early-Career Investigators Applying to NIDCD

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM) (EST)


Join us for this informational webinar! This session will provide information for early-career investigators seeking to obtain a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for research focused on one or more of the areas within NIDCD’s scientific mission: speech, language, voice, hearing, balance, smell, and taste. It will provide an overview of the submission and review of applications for the loan repayment program (L30), fellowships (F30, F31, and F32), career development awards (K01, K23, etc.), and the NIDCD-specific early-career research award (R21). A question-and-answer period will follow.


Andrea B. Kelly, Ph.D., earned a B.S. in biology from Cornell University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California. After a postdoctoral position at NIMH and a few years raising small children, she contracted as a science writer and project manager to several NIH’s Institutes and Centers . Since becoming a Scientific Review Officer in 2012, Dr. Kelly has overseen review of grant applications in a number of study sections, including Language and Communication and Communication Disorders Review Committee.

Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D., was named the NIDCD research training officer for extramural programs in February 2015. Before joining the NIDCD, he was a program officer and the research training officer at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). He also previously served as a program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), managing a portfolio that included investigator-initiated research development awards, institutional student development, and research training programs. 

He has contributed to the success of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research’s Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE) program and the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. Dr. Rivera‐Rentas earned his Ph.D. in biology with a concentration in neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico. Before joining the NIH, he studied the biological, chemical, and physical factors associated with toxicological actions in the nervous system, and the role of environmental and anthropogenic factors in respiratory and neurodegenerative conditions in Puerto Rico.

 With a diverse background in basic science and medicine, Dr. Rivera-Rentas has created crosscutting interdisciplinary projects in science, research, and education sponsored by a wide variety of federal agencies. He is a former member of the science advisory board of the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), affiliated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His publications include peer-reviewed articles in neuroscience, toxicology, environmental sciences, public health, and science education.

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