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Glenn/American Federation for Aging Research Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging
The deadline for applications for the 2014 awards is January 15, 2014.
In order to continue to attract new generations of talented investigators, the Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established. The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for older people.
Up to ten scholarships will be awarded in 2014. They will enable PhD, MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging. Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible – the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area. Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered. Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:
• Aging and immune function
• Stem Cell Aging
• Genetic Control of longevity
• Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging
• Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models
• Cardiovascular aging
• Aging and cellular stress response
• Metabolic and endocrine changes
• Age-related changes in cell proliferation
• Caloric restriction and aging
• DNA repair and control of gene expression
• Biology of the menopause
• Aging and apoptosis
• Biodemographic analysis of aging
• Comparative gerontology
• Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging
• Macular degeneration
• Regenerative biology
• RNA control of gene expression in relation to age-related diseases
The research project must be carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor. It may be carried out in any not-for-profit setting, such as universities, medical schools, hospitals, or non-government agencies. Applicants who also receive NIH, NSF or DOD stipend support are eligible to receive the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. However, recipients cannot hold any other awards or scholarships concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. Each scholarship carries an award of $5,000. No indirect costs or overhead are allowed. Award recipients will be invited to attend the 2014 AFAR Grantee Conference.
Applicants must be MD, DO, PhD, or combined degree students in good standing at a not-for-profit institution in the United States. If accepted, applicants will be asked to submit a Proof of Enrollment form confirming their enrollment at a U.S. institution. Applicants may not hold another award or participate in another scholarship program concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.
Applications will be evaluated by an AFAR Scientific Committee on the basis of:
• The qualifications and ability of the applicant, as demonstrated by academic performance, statement of purpose, and letter of reference
• The merit and feasibility of the proposed research project and its relevance to aging
• The qualifications of the designated mentor, his or her endorsement of the research project, assurance of active supervision, and demonstrated commitment to aging research and to the student
• Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant’s interest and career in aging research
• Quality of the research environment
The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials is January 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Applicants will be notified on funding decisions or around April 30, 2014. If funded, the project start date must be before December 31, 2014.
The Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a full report detailing their research methods and findings within 90 days of completing the research projects. Similarly, the mentor will be required to provide an evaluation of the student’s performance and impressions of the impact of the program on the student’s career.
The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress and findings of the grantees. The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaboration, and enhances the development of leadership.
American Federation for Aging Research Research Grants for Junior Faculty
AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more. Since 1981, over 680 AFAR Research Grants have been awarded.
The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.
Examples of potentially fundable areas of research include, but are not limited to:
Aging and immune function
Stem Cell Aging
Genetic Control of longevity
Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging*
Mechanisms of dementia*
Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models
Aging and cellular stress response
Metabolic and endocrine changes
Age-related changes in cell proliferation
Caloric restriction and aging
DNA repair and control of gene expression
Biology of the menopause
Aging and apoptosis
Biodemographic analysis of aging
Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging
*Applicants proposing a project in Alzheimer's Disease or healthy brain aging research should apply for the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease. Applicants proposing other dementia-related research should apply for the AFAR Research grant.
It is anticipated that approximately 10 grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded in 2014. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Up to 8% of funds may be budgeted for overhead or indirect costs (not to exceed $7,407). Funding will begin July 1, 2014.
The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2014. Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at email@example.com.
The AFAR Research Grant Program does not provide support for:
Postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of a senior investigator
Investigators who have already received major extramural funding for research (such as an R01 or NSF equivalent grant)
Senior faculty, i.e. at the rank of Associate Professor level or higher
Former AFAR Research Grant recipients
NIH Intramural program employees
Applicants for the 2014 Glenn/AFAR Breakthrough in Gerontology (BIG) award
Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States
Four criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:
Qualifications of the applicant;
Quality of the proposed research;
Excellence of the research environment;
Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in aging research.
The deadline for receipt of all Letters of Intent is December 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the AFAR LOI instructions. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the website www.afar.org/grants/. The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee. Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2014, and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 17, 2014 .
All LOI candidates who are invited to submit applications must have it endorsed by their institution. Final awards are announced by early June. The award start date is July 1, 2014. AFAR will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.
Investigators will be required to submit a brief narrative report on the progress of their research five months after the start date of the award. Final narrative and financial reports are required within three months following the end date of the award.
The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients, mentors and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress of the grantees and their findings. The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaborations, and enhances the development of leadership.
National Blood Foundation Scientific Research Grants Program
All applications must be received at the NBF office by 11:59 pm ET, December 31, 2013. Extensions will not be granted.
Funds are raised annually from corporations, blood centers, foundations and individuals by the NBF for the National Blood Foundation Research and Education Trust Fund (NBFRET) and the NBF. The NBF and NBFRET, which are 501(c)(3) organizations, provide grants for scientific research in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies and support educational initiatives that benefit this community. Since 1985, the NBF has distributed approximately $8 million to 182 early-career scientists. The National Blood Foundation annually awards grants for one or two-year research projects, with a maximum award per grant of $75,000.
NBF is pleased to announce the availability of funding in 2014 for scientific research projects related to transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. NBF will award grants for investigator-initiated original research in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. NEW in 2014, patient blood management is introduced as a research content area.
Important areas of research for the grant program include:
Alloimmunization, immune modulation, and tolerance
Animal models for the study of graft-vs-host disease
Biology of autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants
Detection of residual disease following stem cell transplants
Effects of growth factors in vitro and in vivo
Biochemistry of coagulation factors
Blood group serology
Biochemistry of red cell antigens
Molecular genetics of the blood groups
Studies on Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, SARS and babesiosis and other emerging diseases
Effect of allogeneic transfusion in HIV-infected and immunocompromised patients
Improved detection of transfusion - transmitted diseases
Cell separation, cell culture or expansion studies for cell therapy applications
Development of novel cell therapies or assays to measure cell viability or function
Pilot studies in regenerative medicine
Studies on mechanisms or roles of cells in stem cell transplantation
Studies on cytokines or growth factors involved in stem cell differentiation
NEW!! PATIENT BLOOD MANAGEMENT
Treatment of pre-admission anemia and bleeding tendencies; Intraoperative/postoperative blood recovery; Surgical hemostasis; Appropriate indications for transfusion; Changing physician behaviors; Blood utilization review.
Grants applications are evaluated on the basis of their scientific merit, relevance to and impact on transfusion medicine, focus and appropriateness to the scope of funding, and likelihood of yielding meaningful data.
An applicant must be a doctor (MD or PhD), medical technologist, transfusion medicine or cellular therapies professional. All applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin or religion.
The NBF accepts national and international applicants who are ideally no more than five years post-doctoral training.
Applications for research into innovative and new projects are a priority.
Emphasis is given to applicants who have not previously received an NBF grant.
No candidate is eligible to receive more than two NBF grants for separate projects.
No particular project can be funded more than once.
An application for the same project may be submitted up to three times if not already NBF funded.
Awards will not be made to increase the funding available for currently funded research projects. NBF grants are intended to provide "seed" funding that allows the principal investigator to enhance preliminary data. This data may then be useful in applying for larger grants.
All applicants will be charged an application fee of $150 except for principal investigators who are individual members of the AABB. AABB institutional membership does not qualify. To become an AABB member, please contact AABB's Membership Services at +1.301.215.6489 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact NBF at +1.301.215.6552 or email@example.com.
KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology
This is a $20,000 grant awarded by ASRM and supported by an endowment from the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation. The purpose of this award is to provide start-up funds to initiate an innovative research project in regenerative medicine and stem cell technology. Funds are available for salary support, technical assistance, supplies, durable equipment or other project expenses but may not be used for indirect costs, or institutional overhead.
A research project in which the applicant is the primary investigator is the essential core of the grant. A progress report and a financial report on the work sponsored by the KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology are required to be submitted to the ASRM Office at the completion of the project or within two years, whichever comes first. This report should be signed by the recipient of the award and the Chair of the Department. At the conclusion of the project, a manuscript should be submitted for review by the Editorial Board for publication in Fertility and Sterility, the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics or another peer reviewed journal if more appropriate. Any published report must carry the acknowledgment “Supported by the KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology.” If data are presented at a national or international scientific meeting, they should be presented at the ASRM Annual Meeting. If the applicant has other funding for the same project then the proposed project must represent a significant enhancement of the research already funded.
Candidates eligible for the ASRM Career Development Award:
Earned an M.D., a Ph.D., a D.O., and/or a D.V.M. degree or their equivalents (M.D. degree not required)
Have a full-time independent faculty/research staff position as of July 1, 2014, in an environment at an accredited academic institution or research institute suitable for carrying out the research work described in the application.
Have been an associate or active member of the ASRM at least since January 1, 2013.
Have not ever received any other ASRM research award (not including Reproductive Scientist Development Program, Frontiers in Reproduction Program, and SREI/ASRM traineeship [T32] awardees).
There is no application form. The application consists of the following seven items in this order (10 point font or greater):
1. Cover sheet - including title of research proposal, applicant’s name and degree(s), address, telephone, fax, and email.
2. Research Proposal – the description of the research project should be presented in NIH format using six pages or less, including references.
3. Budget– a one-page budget should be prepared and signed by the applicant and by the Department Chair.
4. Statement of Career Goals – briefly list and/or describe career goals.
5. Curriculum Vitae – this should include basic personal data, educational background, past and present positions, honors, achievements, and publications; limited to three pages, please.
6. Letter of Recommendation from Division Director or Department Chair – signed letter on company/organizational letterhead.
7 .Letter of Intent from Chair of the Department – this letter should state that the award money will only be allocated to salary support for research time, project supplies, and/or support personnel for the project. The letter should also state that the award money will not be used for laboratory equipment, indirect costs or institutional overhead, and should affirm that laboratory space with proper equipment will be available for the investigator to carry out the project.
APPLICATIONS DUE: January 7, 2014
You will receive an email acknowledgement when your application is received. If you have not received an acknowledgement by January 15, 2014, please contact: Ms. Cherie Holverstott, ASRM, 205-978-5000 x155, Fax 205-978-5005, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selection of an award recipient is made by ASRM and is based primarily on the scientific merit of the proposed study and the qualifications of the applicant. Also, consideration is given to the availability of resources to conduct the proposed study and the identification of a suitable environment for the pursuit of the proposed project. The awardee will be notified by April 1, 2014, and funding will commence July 1, 2014. The awardee is required to attend the 2014 ASRM Annual Meeting to receive formal recognition and the 2015 Annual Meeting as an invited speaker.