SFRN Training Director Information Page

Each Center is required to train fellows during the life of the award. These fellowships should include a basic, clinical and/or translational research experience. The Center must identify a Training Director to oversee the fellows and their training program.

The Training Director must provide supporting documentation (items 1 and 2 below) for the research application.

Provide a brief overview of the Training Director’s experience, along with the Training Director’s commitment to multidisciplinary training of postdoctoral fellows and the Center.

Note: The applicant cannot submit his/her application without the Training Director’s documents; therefore, it is important that the Training Director meet the applicant's deadline. Send the Training Director’s documents electronically to the applicant. The applicant will upload the documents to his/her application. A document that exceeds the page limit will be rejected by our electronic application system.

Supporting Documentation for an Application

  1. Letter: should provide a brief overview of proposed Training Director’s qualifications, experience, amount of time the Training Director can devote to the multidisciplinary training of postdoctoral fellows at the Center. Convert to PDF prior to uploading into ProposalCentral (2-page maximum)
    Note: Do not exceed the two-page maximum. A document that exceeds the page limit and format type will be rejected by ProposalCentral.

  2. Biographical sketch: The information required in the biographical sketch is similar in format to the PHS SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch used by the NIH. It is acceptable to use a current copy of the NIH Biographical Sketch for this AHA application; however, please note Item 1 below (Variances from Ordinary Career Progression). If any of these circumstances apply to the Training Director, be sure to add this information to the Biographical Sketch provided to the AHA (within the five pages allowed). If the Training Director does not have a NIH Biographical Sketch, create a document following the format/type requirements and guidelines illustrated below. The bolded and underlined items should be used as sub-headings. (5-page maximum)

Format/Type Requirements for the Biographical Sketch

  • Create documents as Word files
  • No more than 15 characters per inch (cpi) or an average of no more than 15 cpi (cpi includes symbols, punctuation and spaces)
  • No less than ¾”(three-quarters of an inch) margins allowed
  • Sixty lines per page are the maximum allowed (average number of lines per page using the font and point size below will be 50-55 lines)
  • Arial font style, 12-point font size for Windows users; Helvetica font style, 12-point font size for Macintosh users
  • Convert the biographical sketch to Portable Document Format (pdf) prior to uploading to ProposalCentral. Do not exceed five pages for the entire AHA Biographical Sketch (including bibliography). A document that exceeds the page limit and format type will be rejected by ProposalCentral.

Biographical Sketch Guidelines (5-page limit)

Applicant/PI's Name: (First) (Middle) (Last) (Jr./Sr./etc.), (Degrees)

Position Title:

Create a five-column table using the following headings:

Education/Training (Begin with entry into college and include postdoctoral training).

 Institution & Location Dates Attended  Degree (if applicable)  Conferred (mm/yy)  Field of Study 


  1. Variances from Ordinary Career Progression (complete if applicable)
    Address personal variances from ordinary career progression, including part-time work, child-rearing years, military service, unusual circumstances that led to gaps in research experience. If the Training Director has had a name change and their name does not match the name on their publications, please address this briefly here. (For instance, their publication history reflects their maiden name and they have recently married and begun publishing under their married name.)

  2. Positions/Employment, Memberships and Honors
    List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the Training Director’s present position. Include start/end dates, position title, name of organization and department. List other experience and professional memberships, and academic/professional honors received. If necessary, senior applicants may list previous employment for the past 15 years and should be selective regarding memberships/honors.

  3. Peer Reviewed Publications
    List in chronological order, selected peer-reviewed publications. Do not include publications submitted or in preparation.

  4. Research Support
    List selected ongoing or completed (during the last three years) research projects. Give project number, agency, title of project, and dates of award. Then, briefly indicate the overall goals of the project and your role (e.g., PI, co-investigator, consultant) in the research project. Do not list award amounts or percent effort in projects. If you have no research support, indicate NONE in this item.