USP Global Fellowship Awards Program

The USP Global Fellowship Awards Program promotes research in areas relating to standards for medicines, foods, and dietary supplements and their use. Since the inception of the USP Global Fellowship Awards Program in 1981, USP has invested nearly $4 million in more than 200 Fellowship awards.

USP Global Fellowship Awards of up to $50,000 are presented to the students whose proposed research directly address a specific USP scientific or research need. This program offers up to three years of funding. Applicants must ensure that their research topic is in close alignment to USP research priorities as detailed below.

Desai USP Fellow

2012–2013 USP Global Fellow Darash Desai on his Fellowship research.

 

 

 

Desai USP Fellow

Additional past Global Fellows describe their experiences with the program.

 



 


Eligibility

Applicants for the USP Global Fellowship Awards must

  • Have been accepted for full-time study in a Ph.D. or Pharm.D. program or medical or dental school;
  • Have been accepted to a Fellowship Program; or
  • Have been awarded a postdoctoral research (non-faculty) appointment.

Non-U.S. applicants must have a background in standards and currently be enrolled in an equivalent educational program. International students must possess the appropriate visa required to participate in the Global Fellowship Awards Program. USP will not assist students to obtain a visa for this purpose. USP may require proof of visa status as a condition of offering a Fellowship to a student.

Applicants for Global Fellowship Awards may not currently be in receipt of funds from USP, or directly or indirectly under contract with USP, even if the activity is unrelated to applicant’s research proposal.

The USP Global Fellowship Award allows for subsequent year's funding; however, second awards are not automatic. Applications for continued funding must include a progress report on the research up to the time of application.

Selection Process

  • Applications are reviewed by USP internal selection group composed of USP senior scientific staff.
  • Each proposal's significance is ranked on how closely it addresses a specific area of USP research need.

Post-Award Requirements/Institutional Commitment

Resulting publications and/or theses must acknowledge USP financial support, and a copy must be provided to USP for retention. A report on the research accomplishments must be provided by the Global Fellows no later than three months following the end of the funding period. The Global Fellows are required to meet with USP staff at the USP Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland at the start of the funding period. USP will arrange and cover travel costs for this meeting. The Global Fellows are also required to give a poster presentation at a USP-sponsored meeting or event, up to December 30, 2015.

USP Global Fellows will be required to work closely with the assigned USP staff to ensure alignment with USP priorities. This will include quarterly meetings by telephone or web with assigned USP staff, the meeting with USP staff at the USP Headquarters at the start of the funding period, and a meeting with USP staff at a USP-sponsored meeting or event.

As fiscal agents for the Global Fellows, the institutions receive funds and must provide USP with a summary of expenditures at the end of the annual period. The institutions must agree that funds will not be used to pay overhead or administrative expenses. Awards are to support the Global Fellows and the costs of the research as submitted by the Global Fellows and approved by a selection committee. Most of the award should be used as a stipend for the Fellows in accordance with the policies of the institution. The remainder may be used for tuition, travel, research, clerical help, or equipment necessary to carry out the purpose of the award. No portion of the award may be used for teaching, other research, or other services of a part-time nature unless these components are a condition for the degree.

Awards must be completed by the USP Global Fellow under the direction of the designated faculty advisory at the educational institution named in the application. At USP's sole discretion, Fellowship Awards may be transferred if good cause is demonstrated.

Research Priorities

USP scientific staff has identified a number of areas in which USP could benefit from research assistance. USP Global Fellowship Awards applicants are encouraged to choose one of these topics on which to focus their research.

General Research
  • Flow cytometry in biological applications that could lead to general chapter additions/improvements and/or methods for monograph use; relationships with "experts" in the area that our lab folks could collaborate/leverage/learn from; and evaluation of students for potential fit as USP hires in the lab (i.e. talent recruiting)
  • Particle characterization technologies that could lead to general chapter additions/improvements and/or methods for monograph use; relationships with "experts" in the area that our lab folks could collaborate/leverage/learn from; and evaluation of students for potential fit as USP hires in the lab (i.e. talent recruiting)
  • Field portable spectroscopic techniques combined with chemometric approaches for counterfeit detection
  • Single instrument/measurement approaches to chemical ID and quantitation of materials for food reference standards (i.e. low cost food reference materials/standards)
  • Creation of new topical/dermal dosage formulations as use for reference materials suitable for in vitro apparatus performance verification testing
Small Molecules
  • Modernization of monographs (analytical methods); assessment and prioritization of needs, implementation
  • Modernization of monographs—method development validation (replacing titration with HPLC or replacing wet chemistry procedures with chromatography or other instrumental techniques)
Biologics and Biotechnology
  • Modernization of monographs (analytical methods); assessment and prioritization of needs, implementation
  • Purity assessment (protein concentration determination assays)
  • Methods to revise the protein content determination and purity assessment
  • Use of molecular biology techniques for species identification for wheat or other food–based components
Excipients
  • Modernization of monographs (analytical methods); assessment and prioritization of needs, implementation
  • Development of rheological methods for the effective characterization for excipients, HPMC
  • Development and validation of authentication/identification and quantitative assay/purity methods that can discriminate adulterated from non–adulterated materials for pharmaceutical components at risk for intentional adulteration such as: Gelatin and Povidones.
  • Molecular weight distribution determination for water soluble polymeric excipients by SEC/MALDI
  • Advanced macromolecular excipient characterization to decrease variability in USP standards
Dietary Supplements
  • Modernization of monographs (analytical methods); assessment and prioritization of needs, implementation
  • Development of dissolution tests for fat–soluble vitamins in dietary supplement dosage forms
  • Development of supplemental information for articles of botanical origin to facilitate compendial compliance (expansion of USP General Chapter <2030> Supplemental Information for Articles of Botanical Origin)
Food Ingredients
  • Modernization of monographs (analytical methods); assessment and prioritization of needs, implementation
  • Modernization of analytical methods (development and validation for the following FCC monographs:
    • Caramel (quantitative impurity tests and reference standards for 4-Methylimidazole and 2-Acetyl-4(5)-tetrahydroxybutylimidazole (THI)
    • Tartaric Acid (identification and assay methods that can distinguish D- from L-tartaric acid)
    • Phosphate-based food ingredients (ion chromatographic methods for the identification and quantification of these food ingredients to replace existing wet-chemistry methods)
  • Development and validation of analytical methods to assess the quality and safety of any nanotechnology derived food ingredient(s)
  • Strategic assessment of strengths and weaknesses for using the FCC for compliance with food quality systems (ISO, industry systems, etc.)
  • Strategic analysis of cooperation opportunities with other food standards organizations (analysis of scientific and trade associations, overlap, synergies and opportunities)
  • Development and validation of a predictive model to help identify food ingredients susceptible to economically motivated adulteration
  • Development of non-traditional dissolution tests for water-soluble vitamins and minerals in soft gel formulations containing dietary oils and oily excipients


Contact Information:  Please email questions to Helen Kharab, Manager, Global Outreach and Activities, at hk@usp.org.