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Call for Applications: American Gastroenterological Association-Aptalis Research Award in Pancreatic Disease
Eligibility: Young Investigators
Duration: Two years
Deadline: June 6, 2014
Start Date: Oct. 1, 2014
This award provides $50,000 per year for two years (total $100,000) to young investigators, instructors, research associates or equivalents interested in the function and disorders of the exocrine pancreas. Research topics suitable for funding under this grant include but are not limited to: pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, pancreatic insufficiency, the gut microbiome-pancreas relationship, pancreatic disease epidemiology or genetics (excluding diabetes), and pancreatic disease biomarkers.
The overall objective of this career development award is to encourage and support research into exocrine pancreatic disorders by helping to sustain the careers of young investigators with an interest in pancreatic disease.
• Candidates for this award must hold an MD, PhD or equivalent degree (e.g., MB, ChB, MBBS, DO) and a full-time faculty position at a North American institution by June 1, 2014.
• AGA membership is required at the time of application submission. Please visit the membership page or call 301-654-2055, extension 651, for membership information.
• The award is intended to support young faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research. Candidates should be in the beginning years of their careers; therefore, established investigators are not appropriate candidates.
• MD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the completion of clinical training (GI fellowship or its equivalent) and the start date of this award.
• PhD applicants: no more than seven years shall have elapsed following the awarding of a PhD and the start date of this award.
• Women and underrepresented minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply; these applications in particular will receive the review committee’s full consideration.
• An appropriately documented parental leave of absence will not be counted toward the above noted seven-year eligibility criteria. Exceptional circumstances may also be considered.
• All submissions must be relevant to diagnosing, treating or researching the functions or diseases of the exocrine pancreas.
• At the time of application submission, candidates may not hold or have held an NIH R01, R29, R21, K08, K23, Veterans Affairs Career Development Award or any award with similar objectives from non-federal sources (such as the American Liver Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, etc.). Candidates with an active K12 may apply.
• The intent of this award is to foster the scientific independence of junior investigators. It is understood that there may be some overlap with work funded by the mentor, but the goal of this grant is to enable the junior investigator to develop their own research program. It also must be clearly stated that the work submitted by the applicant is primarily that of the applicant, and any work or data from the senior mentor’s laboratory clearly defined.
• Resources allocated through this award are intended to support the career development of the applicant. Accordingly, requests for salary, fringe benefits or other support for the mentor are not allowed. Indirect costs are not allowed. Upon notification of receipt of this award, the recipient must provide institutional approval from the appropriate committee for use of human subjects or animals. If approval is not necessary, the recipient must provide an explanation. Evidence for developing independence in research initiatives should be provided.
• Candidates are required to have a sponsor and preceptor for the award; however, one individual may serve in the capacity of both positions. A sponsor is an individual who takes responsibility for the quality assessment of the proposed research project, the quality of the research environment within which the project will be undertaken, and the experience and expertise of the principal investigator and other key researchers involved. A preceptor will supervise the principal investigator’s research activities and will serve as a mentor.
• Annually, a one-page plain language progress report, a scientific progress report, a financial statement, a list of publications based on the research and a letter of certification from the division chief or department chair, must be submitted by the award recipient by Nov. 30. Second year funding is contingent upon submission of this documentation. All publications, presentations and abstracts arising from work funded by this program must acknowledge support of the AGA-Aptalis Research Award in Pancreatic Disease.
There must be a strong commitment from the candidate’s institution to support the required protected time for research and adequate laboratory space and/or other supporting facilities. These commitments must be outlined in a letter from the candidate’s division chief or department chair. The letter must certify that the award is being used to provide protected time, in accord with the terms of the award. In addition, it is expected that the sponsor will outline specific plans for the future development of the candidate’s research career. The institution must commit to ensuring timely and accurate reporting of the awardee’s current and future research activities at the institution; this is to include an annual report of the funding status, grants submitted and pending, and all publications.
The recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: significance, investigator, innovation, approach, environment, relevance to AGA’s mission and evidence of institutional commitment. The candidate should state clearly how the additional training will benefit his/her research career.
A selection committee comprised of members of the AGA Research Awards Panel will review the proposals and select the award recipients. Funding will commence October 2014.
The application deadline is June 6, 2014. The completed application, letters of support or commitment and other documents, as applicable, must be combined into and submitted as one PDF document. The document must be titled by the applicant’s last name and first initial only. Hard copies are not accepted. Please email the application document to email@example.com. Direct all questions to the research awards manager via telephone at 301-222-4012 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for this award is provided by Aptalis Pharma US, Inc.
Request for Proposals: American Society of Human Genetics Genetics Education Research Program
Deadline: June 11, 2014
This announcement describes the ASHG Genetics Education Research Program (GERP), its eligibility criteria, and the procedures for submitting a proposal. Please review these guidelines and submit your proposal in the requested format.
The Grant Program
Promoting Genetic Literacy in Teachers and Students
The purpose of the Genetics Education Research Program is to support proposals for investigating research questions related to genetics education, grades 7-20.
We fund projects that promote:
• Teacher development: knowledge and training
• Student learning and knowledge gain
• Activity creation and assessment
• Development and evaluation of assessment tools
• Analysis of the impact of pedagogy
We give priority to projects that:
• Have strong assessment strategies
• Collect and report empirical data
• Have broad impact across multiple curricula
• Address misconceptions in genetics
Examples of specific RFPs:
• Determining the efficacy of an “inverted curriculum” in genetics instruction (see Dougherty, M.J. (2009). Closing the gap: Inverting the genetics curriculum to ensure an informed public. Amer J Hum Gen. 85, 1-7. http://www.cell.com/AJHG/abstract/S0002-9297(09)00208-0
• Projects that address and correct specific misconceptions in genetics (student and/or teacher misconceptions)
• Creative ways in which to teach about complex traits
The Application Process
The ASHG invites proposals, under an annual, competitive RFP process and awards grants to promote and strengthen genetic literacy in grades 7-20, for student populations and/or teachers.
Applicants (and mentors, if applicable) must be ASHG members who are current on their dues. They must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that engages in educational research, and they must have adequate institutional infrastructure to manage the grant professionally. Applications may originate with established investigators (e.g., current PIs) or with trainees (e.g., graduate students or postdocs), as long as they have the support of their mentor.
ASHG will fund one annual grant not to exceed $10,000. Funds may be used over a two-year period.
Application Procedures and Content
Please submit an application containing all of the items specified below. Applications may be mailed to:
The American Society of Human Genetics
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
or sent as an attachment in an e-mail to: email@example.com
Please include all of the following:
• Cover letter
• Narrative: no more than five pages using 11-point font and one-inch margins
• Project description
◦ Statement of problem
◦ Goals and objectives
◦ Target population
◦ Project activity(ies)
◦ Assessment strategy
• Project budget: Two pages: one-page Excel and one-page justification.
• CVs for the PI and key staff: two-page maximum per individual
• Description of organization and statement of support: one-page maximum
• All research involving human subjects requires IRB approval prior to release of funds.
All proposals should include a sound plan for evaluation. Proposals of a purely exploratory nature, with no means of evaluating specific outcomes, are not eligible for funding, nor are projects that seek support only to teach new content or current content in a new way. Proposals involving teaching are eligible provided they assess specific and measurable change, for example, measuring changes in student learning, attitudes toward genetics, or similar. Proposals involving teacher learning, teacher knowledge gain, and teacher attitudes toward genetics are also eligible.
Proposals that seek supplementary funding, for example, to extend or bolster support for a graduate student engaged in current research may be eligible provided the research is deemed meritorious and pending availability of funds. Proposals that uniquely target the topic of the solicitation will receive highest priority. Novel research projects that propose ASHG support as part of a larger, combined funding package will be eligible as long as the topic of the solicitation features prominently in the research.
Grant Review Process
A subset of the Information & Education (I&E) Committee will review proposals, make selections, and forward recommendations to the full I&E Committee for approval. During initial review, additional reviewers may be contacted as needed.
I&E (through the ASHG Director of Education) will submit the top selection to the Executive Committee of the ASHG Board of Directors for final approval.
Review criteria will include but not be limited to:
• Quality of assessment
• Reasonableness of budget
• Reasonableness of project scope
• Qualifications of the PI
• Potential impact of the project
Deadline for 2014 proposals: June 11, 2014
Announcement of award: August 2014
Call for Submissions: American Society of Human Genetics 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.
The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring.
1st Place Winner: $1,000 + $1,000 genetics materials grant for teacher
2nd Place Winner: $600 + $600 genetics materials grant for teacher
3rd Place Winner: $400 + $400 genetics materials grant for teacher
Honorable Mention: 10 prizes of $100 each.
Complex traits, such as blood pressure, height, cardiovascular disease, or autism, are the combined result of multiple genes and the environment. For ONE complex human trait of your choosing, identify and explain the contributions of at least one genetic factor AND one environmental factor. How does this interplay lead to a phenotype? Keep in mind that the environment may include nutrition, psychological elements, and other non-genetic factors. If the molecular or biological basis of the interaction between the genetic and environmental factors is known, be sure to discuss it. If not, discuss the gaps in our knowledge of how those factors influence your chosen trait.
Essays are due at 5:00 pm EST, March 14, 2014.
Essay Contest Rules
1. Essays will be accepted from high school students (grades 9-12) in the US and internationally. A teacher or administrator must submit the essay and authenticate that the submission is the original work of the student. Parents may submit the essays of home-schooled students only. Only one entry may be submitted for each student.
2. All essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words, including in-text citations. Essay titles are optional and will be counted towards the word limit. Reference lists do not count toward the 750 word limit.
3. Each teacher may only submit six student essays per class, for up to three classes.
4. Essays must be submitted electronically through the ASHG submission site no later than 5:00 pm EST on March 14, 2014. Essays mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Society will NOT be accepted. Once submitted, essays cannot be changed or revised.
5. The text of student essays must be original prose unless quotations are explicitly noted. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Essays found to contain the uncited work of others will be disqualified, and the student’s teacher will be notified.
6. Essays must include at least one reference. References must be clearly documented with both in-text citations and in the references list (the reference list should be separately entered into the “References” section of the submission page). Students may use either APA or MLA style for citing references. There is no restriction on how many references students may use. Quality of references will be considered by judges when scoring. General references such as Wikipedia are considered low-quality, whereas primary literature from research journals (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) is considered high-quality.
7. Only classroom teachers are eligible for the equipment grant. Teachers of first-place winners from 2011, 2012, and 2013 are not eligible for equipment grants in 2014.
Please note that text from essays may be used for research purposes to identify misconceptions, misunderstandings, and areas of student interest in genetics. Student text may be published on the ASHG Web site, newsletter or in other ASHG-supported publications.