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Call for Applications: American Society of Transplantation Clinical Science Fellowship Grant
Applications must be submitted by Monday, September 15, 2014. The funding of any grant and total number of grants awarded by the AST is dependent on budgetary constraints in a given year.
The AST Clinical Science Fellowship Grants are intended to support work that addresses important clinical research questions in transplant candidates, recipients and or donors. The project should provide a strong training vehicle for the applicant, in keeping with the overall mission of the AST Fellowship Grants.
2015 Clinical Science Research Priorities
The AST has identified the following research priorities for 2015, and encourages investigators working within these areas to apply for funding by the AST:
Reducing post-transplant complications
Optimizing organ utilization (appropriate allocation and improving organ viability by interventions in the pre-transplant period including ex vivo conditioning)
Preventing late graft failure – cellular and humoral chronic rejection, recurrent and de novo GN
Improving the patient experience and addressing the challenges of therapy adherence
This is a one- or two-year $50,000/year grant designed to provide salary support for fellows at an early stage of their research training (see Section C: Eligibility Criteria).The goals of the AST Fellowship Grants are:
To foster training of new young investigators who have the potential to contribute to our understanding of transplant science/immunobiology and/or treatment of transplant recipients.
To foster research that is of high merit.
To encourage high quality applicants who want to develop a career in academic transplantation.
Clinical Science Grants cover two main categories: Clinical Trials and Clinical Outcomes.
Clinical Trials: should be designed to answer specific question(s) about new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Preference will be given to prospective studies.
Clinical Outcomes or Observational Studies: should be designed to better define the causes and/or consequences of pathological or biological processes in transplantation. Retrospective studies may be appropriate. However, proposals that analyze registry data (e.g. data collected by the United Network for Organ Sharing) are expected to test unique hypotheses or employ new data or methodologies. The analysis including the statistics, should be performed by the applicant and not by the providing data registry group.
The AST supports a wide range of basic and clinical research topics. Research topics that involve under-represented areas including minorities, women, and pediatrics are strongly encouraged. The AST also encourages applications from women and minority researchers. Under-represented minority investigators are defined as individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group as determined by the NIH. Established AST members are encouraged to bring this funding opportunity to the attention of new faculty members performing transplantation research at their institutions and to support their applications.
Eligibility Criteria for the AST Clinical Science Fellowship Grant
Please pay particular attention to the eligibility requirements, as requirements vary for different AST Grants.
The applicant must be sponsored by an active member of the AST. If the sponsor is not a member, he/she must submit a completed membership application by September 15, 2014 (with expectation that membership will be active before the grant review occurs). Membership dues must be paid to date by November 1, 2014; otherwise, the application will not be considered for funding.
The work must be performed at a North American site under the direct mentorship of an AST member.
The applicant must have an MD, DO, PhD, DMV or equivalent graduate degree at the time of the application.
AST Fellowship Grants are meant for individuals who have spent two years or less (at the time of the application) performing research in the area of transplantation since obtaining their last post-doctoral degree (MD, PhD, or equivalent degree). Applicants who have worked in other fields or taken leaves of absences are eligible beyond this two-year period, but this must be directly addressed in the sponsor's letter.
The applicant must be either: a) a US, Canadian or Mexican citizen; b) a lawfully admitted permanent resident foreign national of the US, Canada, or Mexico with a valid visa during the training period; or c) a foreign national admitted lawfully for residence in the US, Canada, or Mexico during the training period. Funding will not be released until visa status is confirmed.
Throughout the period of the grant, the applicant must be at a "fellowship training" level, may not hold an independent faculty level position or a salaried senior staff position (or equivalent). The AST defines an independent faculty level position as: a) Assistant Professor or equivalent; or b) Regardless of title, institutional support that includes independent lab space and/or start-up funds to allow independent research. The applicant does not need to have actually started their fellowship at the time of application.
The Fellowship Grant is intended to support or supplement salary during the period of research training. Residual funds can be used for supplies. Funds cannot be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead. Fellows who have other individual fellowships or grants awarded in their name that support their salary, are not eligible.
The sponsor must guarantee 75% protected time adequate for project completion.