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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are common questions applicants may have. Please review this document first before contacting Research Program staff as we are a small staff and, in general, are unable to discuss individual projects prior to or after the submission of an application. We encourage applicants to use resources such as mentors, grant officers, and peers.

About the Grant Program


Grant Eligibility


Application Forms and Process

 

About the Grant Program

What areas does the ATS Foundation Research Program fund?

  • ATS Foundation Research Program funds research interested in advancing the knowledge and understanding of the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. We encourage applications in basic, translational, and clinical science, pediatric and adult medicine, and patient-oriented and public health topics.
  • Please refer to the Grant Portfolio section for more detailed information on grants available.

What projects are currently supported?

When does the grant cycle open?

  • The annual grant cycle opens in the Spring, usually in April. To receive information on the grant cycle and grant opportunities, please sign up for the mailing list.

How much funding will the ATS Foundation provide for my proposal?

  • The amount of funding varies by grant type. Please refer to the Grant Portfolio section for more detailed information on grants available.

What are the deadlines for proposals?

  • The letter of intent deadline has been extended one week to Tuesday, June 13 at 11:59pm ET.
  • The 2017-2018 ATS Foundation Research Program anticipated timeline is below:
April 2017 Letter of Intent Period Opens
June 6, 2017 Deadline for Letters of Intent to be submitted
August 2017 Invitation from Scientific Advisory Committee for Full Applications
September 19, 2017 Full Application Deadline
November 2017 Grantee Notification
December 2017 Grant Start Date


What percent of applications are awarded funding?

  • The ATS Foundation Research Program is highly competitive. About 20 percent of the applications submitted result in funding.

Should I apply if I think my area of research is atypical for Research Program grantmaking?

  • Yes, please consider applying. The diversity of research among our awardees may surprise you.
  • Grants are offered in all three pillars of the ATS: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.
  • Grants are offered for basic, translational, and clinical science.
  • Grants are offered in pediatric and adult medicine.
  • Grants are available to international and domestic applicants.
  • Grants are encouraged in basic, patient-oriented, and public health topics.
  • Those interested in Nursing Research are encouraged to apply. Please consider the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research a resource for strengthening your application: https://www.ninr.nih.gov/training.

My funding request does not fall under any of your programs. How do I submit it?

  • The ATS Foundation Research Program currently does not make grants outside our funding mechanisms.

Grant Eligibility

What are the eligibility requirements for an ATS Foundation Research Program Grant?

  • While specific eligibility requirements vary by award type, all ATS Foundation Research Program grants (except MECOR and Grants for Hire) must meet the requirements in the Eligibility and Guidelines section.

May I apply if I am not an ATS Member?

  • Yes. However, at least one of the key personnel must be an ATS member at the time of application, and the principal investigator must be an ATS member at the time the grant is awarded 
  • Applicants to the Grant for Hire programs do not need to be ATS members.

May I apply if I am not a US Citizen?

  • International applicants are welcome to apply (except to the partnered ALA of the Mountain Pacific grant).
  • US-based trainees must hold a visa that spans the project period of the grant.

What qualifies as a “junior investigator”?

  • A junior investigator is defined by the following:
    • within 12 years of last terminal degree (e.g. MD, PhD, DVM)
    • sub-specialty training (e.g. fellowships) does not count as terminal degrees
    • exceptions may be considered if there were extenuating circumstances (e.g. absence from field for parental leave)
    • if you believe you have extenuating circumstances not related to sub-specialty training, submit a letter of intent and provide the explanation when prompted under "Special Circumstances"

May I apply if there are gaps in my work history?

  • Yes. Your Letter of Intent application allows you to explain impediments to your past productivity in a section titled “Special Circumstances.” This may include factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

Are there any grants for senior investigators?

  • While the mission of the ATS Foundation is to support junior investigators, some of the partner grants are open to investigators at any stage in their career. Currently the portfolio offers three such grants:
    - ATS Foundation/Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant
    - ATS Foundation/PCD Foundation Research Grant
    - ATS Foundation Tobacco-Dependence Research Fund Grant
  • Additional grants may be added, subscribe to our mailing list for updates on new award opportunities.
  • Please refer to the Grant Portfolio section for more detailed information on grants available.

May I apply for an ATS Foundation Research Program grant if I have received one in the past?

  • Yes, however recipients of currently-funded ATS Foundation Research Program grants are not eligible. Individuals who have received two Research Program grants are not eligible.

May I re-submit a proposal?

  • Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements, we strongly encourage you to re-apply. If you received written comments on the proposal, be sure that you address those concerns in the resubmission.

May I hold grants from other organizations?

  • Simultaneous submission of grants with scientific overlap is allowed, but if multiple applications are funded, then the applicant must notify the ATS within one month of formal notification of award. A subcommittee of SAC will assess degree of overlap. In the case of significant scientific overlap, the applicant will have to choose between the ATS Foundation Research Program grant and the other grant. Budgetary overlap is not allowed.

Application Forms and Process

How do I access the letter of intent/full application forms?

  • For all ATS Foundation Research Program grants and MECOR Awards the letter of intent and full application forms are found on the Foundant Technologies Website.

I missed the letter of intent. May I submit a full application?

  • No. You must submit a letter of intent and be invited to submit a full application. If you missed the letter of intent stage please sign up for the mailing list and look out for the next cycle which opens in April.

I have been invited to submit a full application but I am having trouble accessing the full application form.

  • To access the full application form, you will need to use the same login and password that you used for your letter of intent submission.
  • Full application forms are found on the Foundant Technologies Website

May I apply for more than one of the ATS Foundation Research Program awards?

  • Individuals may submit multiple scientifically distinct letter of intent (LOI) applications, but ATS will extend at most one invitation to submit a full grant application to each applicant. In choosing a category for your submission, please review the intent and criteria for each award as stated on the award description. You may not submit the same application to multiple categories. 

May an institution/department/lab submit multiple applications?

  • Yes, we do not limit the number of applications by institution/department/lab.

For key personnel, how is “percent effort” defined?

  • “Percent effort” is defined by the percent of salary support on the project. If a person is receiving no salary support be sure to indicate that. You may also note the percent of time involved on the project.

Can overhead and/or indirect expenses be allocated from ATS Foundation Research Program grants?

  • No, overhead and indirect costs are not allowed.

Who constitutes as a “signing official”?

  • A signing official is any individual at your institution that has the authority to sign contracts.

How many letters of reference/support will I need?

  • The letter of intent does not require any letters of reference/support.
  • The full application requires two letters of support and allows the ability to upload letters from collaborators.

Where can I find the necessary application forms?

What documents/uploads does the letter of intent application require?

  • The letter of intent requires:
    • Certification of Faculty Employment
    • Biosketch of PI
    • Biosketches of Key Personnel
    • The letter of intent does not require a Budget Form or Signature Form
    • All forms can be found in the Letter of Intent/Application Documents Section.

What documents/uploads does the full application require?

  • The full application requires:
    • Biosketch of PI
    • Biosketch of mentor
    • Biosketch of co-investigator (up to two)
    • Research Plans
    • Literature Cited
    • Budget Form
    • Lab Resources and Equipment
    • Two letters of reference/support
    • Signature Form
  • The full application does not require Certification of Faculty Employment
  • All forms can be found in the Letter of Intent/Application Documents Section.

Will I receive scores or written comments?

  • Due to the high volume of proposals at the letter of intent stage, we are unable to provide scores, written comments, or customized feedback to applicants.
  • Applicants that are invited to submit a full application will receive their score upon notification

Are staff members available to discuss my application before or after submission?

  • We are a small staff and are unable to discuss individual projects prior to or after the submission of an application. We encourage investigators to use the resources available to them, including mentors, grant officers, and peers.
  • The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) leads a rigorous, NIH-style review process to identify the most impactful research proposals that the ATS Foundation Research Program receives. Please consider the NIH “How to Apply” section a resource for strengthening your application: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/write-your-application.htm.

If my question was not addressed who do I contact?

Last Reviewed: April 2017