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American Hearing Research Foundation Regular Grants
The American Hearing Research Foundation funds an average of five research grants each year that investigate various aspects of hearing and balance disorders related to the inner ear. Grants are for $20,000 for one year of research. Priority is given to investigators early in their careers who need seed funds to generate results and data that can be used to support later application for larger grants (i.e., NIH grants) in the future.
AHRF Regular Grants
AHRF grant proposals are due on August 1 of the year before funding begins in January. Proposals are reviewed by the AHRF Research Committee in mid-October and applicants are notified as to the status of their grants immediately. The AHRF uses a five point scale for scoring grants, with one being the highest score and 5 the lowest.
Grant proposals should relate to the hearing or balance functions of the ear. Both basic and clinical studies may be proposed that investigates aspects of the auditory and vestibular systems including but not limited to genetics, neurotology, anatomy, auditory processing, molecular and cellular biology, therapeutic studies, and investigations of current or experimental devices (i.e. cochlear implants).
Applicants should hold the MD, PhD or equivalent degree(s) and be associated with a university or hospital in the United States.
Grant recipients need to submit progress reports by April 1. Reports may be included on our website and/or newsletter. Recipients also must notify the AHRF in advance of any publication of their research funded by the AHRF. Recipients should also notify the AHRF if any aspect of their funded research is reported in the media. It is our goal to highlight research results and publications.
Recipients are also required to submit a final report of their research by the end of January after the completion of their funded year of research.
Grant funds may only be used for direct costs, including salaries of technical and supporting staff, equipment related to the research, and supplies. Funding may not be sued for salary of the principle investigator, travel or conference attendance, or educational costs. No-cost extensions of research past the funded year is granted based on approval of the Research Committee.
American Hearing Research Foundation
8 S. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1205
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 726-9670
Fax: (312) 726-9695
American Association of Anatomists Outreach Grants
Applications due: August 1 (for program or meeting funding the next calendar year)
AAA’s Outreach Grant Program provides funding for workshops, symposia, and meetings organized by AAA members, either as stand-alone activities or under the umbrella of other national or international societies. Supported activities may either be educational—such as anatomy workshops for high school students—or scientific. Targeted audiences include researchers, educators, and students at all levels. Additionally, Outreach Grants may be used to help support an event for National Lab Network events.
For the AAA/Wiley Research Meetings Outreach Grants Program and the AAA/Wiley Three-Year Research Meetings Outreach Grants Program, some preference will be given to meetings that will use the funds for student/ postdoc/ young investigator travel fellowships.
AAA Education Outreach Grant
AAA offers grants for education programs designed to enhance teaching skills or interest educators and students at all academic levels in anatomy as a discipline. Proposals are judged by the AAA Education Outreach Awards Subcommittee.
AAA/Wiley Research Meetings Outreach Grant
Funding is available to support non-AAA workshops, symposia, or meetings organized by AAA members. Preference will be given to research areas viewed as AAA strategic priorities—imaging, cellular and molecular anatomy, neurobiology, systems biology, and vertebrate development. Some preference will be given to programs that use the funds for student/ postdoc/ young investigator travel fellowships. Proposals will be judged by a subcommittee of the AAA Program Committee, with the participation of the editors of The Anatomical Record and Developmental Dynamics.
AAA/Wiley Three-Year Research Meetings Outreach Grant
AAA may select one meeting each year as deserving of ongoing support over a three-year period. AAA may choose one such meeting a year so that in a given year, up to three such meetings will be supported. Beyond fulfilling the regular criteria for Research Meetings Outreach Grants outlined here, three-year funded meetings will be encouraged to consider meeting with the AAA Annual Meeting/Experimental Biology as a guest society and encouraged to publish a special issue in one of AAA’s journals. With this in mind, AAA’s journal editors will be involved in the selection process and the meetings being considered for a three-year award will be ranked on the following criteria:
•Potential contribution to mission of an AAA journal (Anatomical Record, Anatomical Sciences Education, Developmental Dynamics)
•Potential to become a guest society at an AAA Annual Meeting
•Likelihood of future AAA involvement of attendees
The second and third year of a three-year grant will be contingent on receipt of a satisfactory progress report within 60 days following each meeting. All applications for three-year grants that are not accepted will automatically be considered within the pool of applications for a one-year Research Meetings Outreach Grant.
All three grant programs will follow the same application process and funding cycle, with proposals due August 1 for funding in the following calendar year.
Only AAA members are eligible to apply for a grant. No individual or project will be funded two years in a row for an Education Outreach Grant or regular Research Meetings Outreach Grant. Members submitting separate proposals for the same meeting will be asked to consolidate their requests.
Any AAA member interested in receiving an Outreach Grant should submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, stating the goals and particulars of the project and the expected audience. Sources of matching funds or contributions from other societies should be indicated, along with an itemized budget detailing expenses for speaker travel, housing, on-site fees, and ancillary supplies or equipment. Also include details on how AAA might benefit from your program and how AAA support will be acknowledged. If you have received an AAA Outreach Grant in the past, you must provide details about the success of your earlier meeting or project. AAA support generally will not exceed $3,000 a year. Travel and housing expenses of the proposer will generally not be covered by the grant. A follow-up report on the meeting will be required in the format of an article to be published in the AAA Newsletter. Recipients will be asked to provide AAA with an electronic list of participants and to distribute or display appropriate AAA and Wiley information at their event, as requested.
The submission deadline for grant proposals is August 1 (for program or meeting funding the next calendar year).
The primary criteria for evaluating proposals include visibility and scientific impact, quality of participants, potential value to AAA, and visibility of AAA support. Additional criteria are described above. Based on subcommittees’ recommendations and funds available, the Board will select proposals for support. Recipients will be notified by late November of the calendar year in which the application is submitted; funds are disbursed in January. Neither the subcommittees nor the Board are obligated to make awards if satisfactory proposals have not been submitted or to provide the full amount requested.
Call for Nominations: American Association of Anatomists Young Investigator Awards
Nomination deadline: August 15th
Materials deadline: September 15th
Nominations are due each year on August 15; nominees are then asked to submit three representative papers by September 15. Winning nominees and their nominators will be notified of selection in late October and will be expected to present a lecture at the AAA Annual Meeting/EB 2012.
Beginning with nominations made in 2008, AAA’s Young Investigator Awards combine three long-standing AAA awards with a new award to recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through their research in cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, comparative neuroanatomy, or the morphological sciences. Candidates should be within 10 years of their highest earned degree at the time of nomination. It is not necessary that nominators or nominees be AAA members.
AAA’s Young Investigator Awards Selection Committee is comprised of eight (8) members appointed by the current or incoming President to represent the various disciplines covered by these awards. Committee members will serve a two-year term with one member serving a one-year term as chair in the final year. The position of chair will rotate among the disciplines covered by these awards. The committee will review all nominations and determine which of the following prizes to award in a given year. It is not required that each award be made annually.
R.R. Bensley Award in Cell Biology
This award, first given in 1979, recognizes a cell biologist who has made a distinguished contribution to the advancement of anatomy through discovery, ingenuity, and publications in the field of cell biology. The successful candidate will be an independent cell biologist whose publications have had substantial impact on his/her field.
C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy
Established in 1962, this award recognizes investigators who have made important contributions to the field of comparative neuroanatomy and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments. The area of comparative neuroanatomy is defined broadly; previous awardees are outstanding scientists who have made contributions to areas of neuroscience, including neurochemistry, development, neurocytology, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology, and molecular neurobiology.
H.W. Mossman Award in Developmental Biology
This award was established in 2001 to recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to the field of developmental biology, as broadly defined, and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments.
AAA Morphological Sciences Award
This award was established in 2008 to recognize investigators in the early stages of their careers who have made important contributions to biomedical science through research in the morphological sciences, as broadly defined, and have demonstrated remarkable promise of future accomplishments.
AAA Young Investigator Award recipients will present a lecture in the Young Investigator Award Symposium at the AAA Annual Meeting following their selection and will receive:
•A $1,000 honorarium
•Travel reimbursement (coach airfare plus 3 nights)
•Two years free membership in the American Association of Anatomists (and two years free membership for winning non-member nominators)
•Two years free registration (at early registration rate) at the AAA Annual Meeting/EB meeting, including the year of the award
The person making the nomination only needs to submit:
1. Completed Award Nomination Form
2. Curriculum vitae of the nominee (NIH biosketch format preferred)
3. Detailed letter of recommendation that addresses the following:
•The significant research contribution(s) made by the nominee and why it is considered significant.
•Why the nominee's potential and current work is viewed as especially promising.
•The ability of the nominee to give a lecture that is dynamic, engaging, and readily understood by scientists across various subdisciplines.
•The date on which the nominee’s advanced professional degree was awarded.
American Association of Anatomists Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Application deadline: October 1
The AAA Postdoctoral Fellows Program is intended to provide salary support to an AAA member who is a postdoctoral fellow working in any aspect of biology relevant to the anatomical sciences. AAA will provide $20,000, plus travel support and registration fee (at early registration rate) to the next appropriate AAA Annual Meeting. The laboratory in which the postdoc works must supplement this stipend with funds to equal or exceed the NIH standard for postdoctoral fellows. In addition, the laboratory must provide funds for health insurance for the postdoctoral fellow.
•Either the postdoctoral applicant or the host sponsor (or both) must be a permanent resident of the US or Canada, however, fellowships can be used in any country.
•Applicants must have been AAA members for one year preceding the application deadline (i.e., joined by October 1, 2011) and are expected to remain members for the duration of the fellowship.
•Candidates should be working on a research project encompassing any aspect of biology that is relevant to the anatomical sciences. Approaches can include (but are not limited to) cellular, molecular, genetic or histological techniques, and/or emphasize development, evolution, morphology or human health.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
•The duration of the Fellowship will be for one year. A no-cost extension can be requested.
•Fellowships would be expected to cover partial salary support, with the remainder coming from other sources. Indirect costs are not included.
•Each recipient must attend the annual AAA meeting and present his/her work at the meeting. AAA will pay registration (at early registration rate) and travel expenses, up to a total of $1,000.
•A career mentor will be appointed for each recipient to guide him/her through the course of the research project.
The mentor will be selected by AAA’s Professional Development Committee on the basis of research area from among the award committee members or from members of the Fellows Circle who have volunteered to serve as mentors.
•At the end of the Fellowship period, each recipient must provide AAA with a written report describing work accomplished. This report must be received within three months following the end of the Fellowship period.
•Recipients may be invited to participate in AAA outreach activities.
•Recipients may be invited to submit their research findings or a review article to one of the AAA journals, Developmental Dynamics or The Anatomical Record.
•Support from AAA must be acknowledged in all relevant publications or oral research presentations. Support should be acknowledged as follows: “Jane Jack is an American Association of Anatomists Scholar and this research was in part funded by the American Association of Anatomists.”
APPLICATION & PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
Applications should be submitted electronically, via the linked application form. Each application must include
•CV (NIH four-page format)
•Three-page (maximum) proposal of research, including the following
•abstract (~300 words)
•specific goals and significance (~1/2 page)
•background and preliminary data (~1 page)
•research design (~2 pages)
•font size must be no smaller than 11 point Georgia or Arial.
•Evidence of an application to your institution’s IACUC or IRB, as appropriate. Final award will be withheld until favorable IACUC or IRB action is documented.
•A letter describing other salary and research support available to the postdoc in the sponsor laboratory. In particular, this should confirm that funds supplementary to the AAA Fellowship will be provided to support the Fellow at NIH-equivalent salary levels, and that health insurance will be paid by the sponsor.
•Three letters of recommendation, including
•one from the sponsor and
•one written by an AAA member (who may also be the sponsor)
•Applications will be reviewed once per year, with a fixed start date for fellowship funding.
•The review panel will be comprised of six AAA members. Conflicts of interest will include applications from a panel member’s laboratory or from the institution of a panel member.
•Decisions of the review panel will be forwarded to the AAA Executive Committee for review, allowing one week for members to raise any questions or objections; brief critiques will be provided to applicants.
•Criteria for decision will include consideration of:
•the track record of the applicant (as evidenced by academic achievement and previous research)
•the quality of the sponsor laboratory (as evidenced by publications, funding, information about success of previous graduate students and postdocs)
•the importance of the research project (significance to Fellow’s career direction, scientific significance)
Applications are due each year on October 1. Applicants will be notified of funding by late December and Fellowships will be awarded by January 15.
For further information or clarification regarding the process or the forms, you may call or email:
Lippincott Williams Wilkins/American Association of Anatomists Education Research Scholarship
Application deadline: October 15
The Lippincott Williams Wilkins/AAA Education Research Scholarship is intended to support an AAA member who is a graduate student in a mentored project, or a postdoctoral fellow or junior faculty member (rank no higher than assistant professor) who wishes to develop a project that shows promise as a model for improving the quality of teaching and learning in anatomical education. It is anticipated that the proposed project will help foster a learning environment for students that is characterized by creativity, originality, and rigor. The scholarship consists of $5,000 provided by LWW, plus travel support and registration fee to the next appropriate AAA Annual Meeting, provided by AAA.
Applicants must be AAA members for the year in which they apply and through the completion of their scholarship project and presentation at the AAA Annual Meeting
TYPES OF PROJECTS
An annual LWW/AAA Education Research Scholarship will be awarded in curricular innovation in the anatomical disciplines.
The LWW/AAA Education Research Scholarship competition is intended to support innovative projects that hold promise as models for the resolution of important issues and problems in anatomical education and represent new and creative approaches to teaching and learning.
•The scholarship may be in support of any anatomical discipline or program.
•The scholarship is intended to support practical initiatives and assist in evaluation of the results to determine effective outcomes.
•It is intended to encourage projects that show innovation and creativity in design. The LWW/AAA Scholarship will be awarded to individuals who submit proposals that offer new ideas, practices, and approaches. The project needs to be well justified, carefully designed, responsibly managed, and include an assessment strategy that can effectively evaluate the success of the project.
•It is expected that the successful candidate will disseminate proven innovations developed during the tenure of the LWW/AAA Education Research Scholarship to others through publication in appropriate journals and/or national or international medical education presentations.
Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate innovation in design and measurement of outcomes. While a well-planned evaluation component with measurable outcomes is acceptable, successful applicants will also include a description of the ongoing/formative assessments that will guide the development of the project. Two priorities are listed below, although proposals that focus on any area of anatomical education are encouraged:
1. Curriculum Development. Faculty who receive support for a project in the area of curriculum development in education will be expected to include assessment of student performance and evaluation of program effectiveness in the proposal. Examples might include:
•Use of electronic media to enhance human dissection experiences in the anatomy laboratory.
•Integration of histopathology and histology in a modular systems-based curriculum.
2. Student Assessment. The assessment of students at multiple levels of learning is an area of emphasis. Examples of assessment projects include:
•Projects related to clinical-based exercises in the anatomical disciplines that encourage the development and measurement of clinical reasoning.
•Development and implementation of performance-based assessment that evaluates integration of anatomical knowledge, clinical skills, and communication skills.
•Evaluation of innovative approaches to the human anatomy laboratory experience.
•Development of high quality, reliable assessments of anatomical knowledge.
Proposal Sections 1-7 are limited to 6 pages (single-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) and must include a description of each of the following elements under its own heading:
1. Abstract of the Project: (150-200 words)
2. Specific Aims: List the objectives of the project in the form of testable hypotheses. (Up to ½ page)
3. Statement of Significance: Why is this an important project? How will anatomical education be enhanced by it? Include relevant background and history, and specific references to the most relevant literature and scholarly publications. Include statements of how a defined target population of students or program will benefit from the proposed project and how the project might have regional or national impact. (½ to 1 page)
4. Methodology: Describe the methods that will be employed to implement the project and how the project will be conducted. Explain how the methods will allow you to achieve the objectives of the project. Formative assessments are ongoing assessments that reveal the ways that a project is succeeding or not. Describe the formative assessments that will guide the development of your project. (Up to 3 pages).
a. Instruments to be used: Appendix (Up to 2 pages, not included in the 6-page limit): These may include sample exam questions, surveys, observation report forms, etc. that would be used for formative or summative assessments (item 5). Reviewers will pay special attention to the quality of the appendix material when evaluating the proposal.
5. Summative assessments (Measures of Success): Identify measures of success and describe how outcomes will be evaluated and/or measured. Insure the assessments address the hypotheses listed in your “Specific Aims”. (Up to 1 page)
6. Integration: Describe what would be required to incorporate the new material or curriculum component generated through this proposal into the appropriate curriculum on a permanent basis. How likely is it that the innovations will be integrated into the regular curriculum if the outcome is positive? (Up to ½ page)
7. Feasibility of the project: Can this project be implemented with available resources? Describe the facilities and/or institutional support that will be available for your project. (Up to ½ page)
8. References Cited: (Up to 1 page)
9. Principal Investigator: Provide a description of the role of the applicant in the project, her/his expertise in anatomical education, and an NIH style biosketch (Up to 2 pages).
In addition, the proposal must include:
•A letter of support from the Chairperson or Division Chief signed by the Dean or appropriate fiscal officer.
•Evidence of an application to your institution’s IRB. Final award will be withheld until favorable IRB action is taken.
REVIEW OF PROPOSALS
Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a committee appointed by the Board of the American Association of Anatomists. Recommendations will be forwarded to the Board. Only complete proposals will be considered. Each complete proposal will be rated on each of the following criteria:
• Scholarship: evidence that the literature has been adequately researched to establish the novelty of the project and that the methodology is appropriate.
• Benefits/Impact of Project on anatomical education locally, regionally, and nationally.
• Methodology: clear, feasible methods consistent with goals/objectives.
• Evaluation: appropriateness and thoroughness of the formative and summative assessments.
By accepting the scholarship, the recipient agrees to submit to the American Association of Anatomists a final written report no later than three months after the completion of the project or 15 months following receipt of the scholarship, unless an extension is requested from and approved by the Executive Committee.
The final report should include the following, preferably in the format of an NIH final progress report:
•An abstract of the project
•Project goals and objectives
•Outcomes of the project
•Implications of the outcomes for medical/biomedical science education
•Method of integrating the material into the curriculum (if demonstrated to have a positive outcome)
In addition, the recipient is required to make a poster or oral presentation at the next appropriate Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists (Experimental Biology). AAA will cover travel expenses and registration fee for this meeting.
The application should be submitted electronically via the linked nomination form.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15
COMMITTEE REPORT DUE: January 15
AWARD PRESENTATION: April for Fall semester
For further information or clarification regarding the process or the forms, you may contact:
LWW/AAA Education Research Scholarship
Call for Nominations: American Association of Anatomists Basmajian Award
Nomination deadline: October 15
Materials deadline: November 15
This award recognizes health science faculty who are in the formative stages of their career (within 10 years of their highest earned degree at time of nomination), teach human or veterinary gross anatomy, can document excellence in their contribution to the teaching of gross anatomy, and have outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research or scholarship in education. At the AAA Annual Banquet, the recipient is presented with a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. The recipient also will receive two years free AAA membership and registration (at early registration rate) at the EB meeting will be waived for two years, including the year of the award.
AWARD NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS
Only AAA members may submit a nomination; however, the proposed award recipient need not be an AAA member. AAA members may nominate themselves, but must provide a letter of recommendation from someone else on the nomination form. Only complete nominations can be considered by the individual award committee.
By October 15th, a nominator must submit the nomination form and a letter of support outlining the qualifications of a nominee. Each nominee is then asked to submit the remaining documentation (see Submission Requirements below) by November 15. Each year, the AAA President or incoming President nominates and the Board of Directors approves members for the award committee. The committee requests electronic submission of all material by the final award deadline. Only nominations that are complete and received on time will be considered. The committee carefully considers the eligible nominations and selects the award recipient. Committees are not obligated to make an award each year.
Documents required for the Basmajian Award nomination should clearly reflect the nominee’s accomplishments in both research and teaching. Clear, concise information about the accomplishments of the nominee is more useful than extensive materials. The completed nomination package should include:
•Nomination form and letter of recommendation from the nominator (or other individual if self-nominated)
•Two (2) ADDITIONAL letters of recommendation At least one of the three (3) total letters of recommendation must be from the nominee's chair, chief, or dean (supervisor) and must document the quality of the nominee's contributions to the teaching of gross anatomy.
•Candidate's curriculum vitae (NIH biosketch format preferred) documenting:
•Research - CV must reflect the nominee's research portfolio, including publications, textbooks, patents, abstracts, chapters, and proceedings papers.
•Teaching - CV must reflect the nominee's teaching portfolio, such as experience, awards, and publications on teaching anatomy to students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, medical, or residents).
•Service - include departmental, school, university, journal, and society level service. Copies of letters documenting good performance in such service are helpful.
•At least one article/textbook sample (up to three may be submitted)
•At least one representative research paper (up to three may be submitted)
Any nominee not chosen for an award is automatically considered for the award by the next two consecutive award committees. It is the nominator’s responsibility to update or augment the nomination materials, if appropriate, prior to the next year’s deadline.
American Association of Anatomists Short-Term Visiting Scholarships
Application deadlines: February 1, 2013, June 1, 2013 and October 1, 2013
AAA's Short-term Visiting Scholarship Program is intended to provide travel expenses to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty to facilitate visiting a laboratory or participating in a course outside their home institution. The Scholarship consists of up to $1,000, plus registration fee (at early registration rate) and partial travel support to the next appropriate AAA Annual Meeting/ EB. The program will cover up to twelve (12) scholarships per year.
•Visiting Scholarships may be used in any country.
•Scholars may be undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty.
•Each Scholarship is intended for a short-term (typically, 1-8 week) visit to a laboratory or participation in a course outside the applicant’s home institution.
•Funding cannot be used to attend a meeting or conference.
•Scholars must have been AAA members for one year prior to application deadline and are expected to remain a member for at least one year after the scholarship is awarded.
•No individual will be funded twice in a calendar year.
•The award must be used within one year of the approval date.
•No individual will be funded for work on a project for which he/she was previously supported by a Short-term Visiting Scholarship.
•Each Scholarship will have a value up to $1,000.
•Recipient must provide proof of course registration & completion or letter from host laboratory verifying completion of visit.
•Each Scholar will be reimbursed up to $350 to defray the cost of attending the annual AAA Annual Meeting/EB, in addition to free registration (at early registration rate).
•Scholars must write a short report of their visit or course within two months of completion.
•Scholars may be invited to participate in AAA outreach activities.
Applications should be submitted electronically, via the linked application form. Each application must include:
•CV (NIH four-page biosketch format preferred)
•For a course, the course description must be included.
•For a laboratory visit, an invitation letter from the host laboratory’s principal investigator must be included.
•One-page summary of:
•research goals that the visit or course will help achieve
•budget outline, indicating the source of additional funds, if necessary
AAA’s Short-term Visiting Scholarship Committee is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the current or incoming President to represent various areas of education or research. Committee members will serve a two-year term with one member serving a one-year term as chair in the final year. (The initial committee will vary slightly until the appropriate staggering of terms is achieved.) The committee will review all applications and select up to four (4) Scholars in each of three awards cycles per year. It is not required that four awards be made in each cycle. Under special circumstances, the committee may make more than four awards in the first cycle of the year and fewer in the next, so long as they do not exceed a total of twelve (12) awards per year.
The Short-term Visiting Scholarship Committee will review all applications online, will score them based on a process established by the inaugural chair, and will confer by conference call to determine the scholarship recipients. They will provide their recommendations to AAA by March 15 (for applications due February 1), July 15 (for applications due June 1) and November 15 (for application due October 15).
•Applications will be reviewed three times per year, by a committee of five AAA members.
•Criteria for decision will include:
•track record of the applicant;
•importance of the visit or course for the applicant’s research success.
•The AAA Executive Committee will receive a list of recommended recipients; if no questions or objections are raised within one week, recipients will be notified.
•Critiques will not be provided to applicants.
•Submission deadlines: February 1, June 1 and October 1
•Committee report due: March 15, July 15 and November 15
•Scholarship presentation: Scholarship funds of up to $1,000 will be distributed upon verification of course or visit completion, as described above.