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2017-2018 ATS Foundation MECOR Research Awards

PLEASE NOTE: You must have been invited to submit a full application.

Anticipated Timeline

April 2017 Letter of Intent Period Opens
June 13, 2017 Deadline for Letter of Intent
August 2017 Invitation from scientific Advisory Committee for Full Applications
September 19, 2017 Full Application Deadline due by 11:59pm Eastern Time
November 2017 Grantee Notification
December 2017 Grant Start Date

Current ATS Foundation MECOR Award Opportunities

4 grants available
$5,000 for 1 year
Target audience:
MECOR graduates interested in basic science, translational, or clinical research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine
The focus of these research grants is to support MECOR graduates with meritorious proposals that advances the knowledge and understanding of the American Thoracic Society's three pillers: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. A primary goal of the ATS Foundation Research Program is to enable these graudates to transition from trainees to investigators. Preference will be given to proposals that measure the burden of disease.

MECOR Award Eligibililty:
• Must be graduates of the ATS MECOR Program (India, Latin America, PATS, Turkey, and Vietnam)
• Must have accomplished at least level II with preference give to level III and above
• Must not be recipient of previous MECOR research award
• Must be employed at a research/academic/governmental institution/agency in applicant's country, or be able to demonstrate that the applicant will be employed at such an institution at the time the award is granted

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
• You must have received an invitation from the ATS Foundation Research Program to submit a full application
• Full applications are found on the Foundant Technologies Website
• You must use the same login credentials that you used to submit the letter of intent
*We strongly encourage applicants to work closely with mentors and MECOR Faculty.

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

Please note that after you submit your application it will be reviewed by ATS staff. If there are any problems or if these guidelines have not been followed, your proposal will be un-submitted. Please makes sure that you check your email after you submit your application so that any outstanding issues may be addressed as quickly as possible.

BIOSKETCH

• Educational background: information about your educational background for up to four institutions 

     - Name of the institution
     - Dates that you studied or trained there
     - Degree awarded
     - Major field of study at that institution
• Positions and Honors: list current and previous positions and any honors received
• Peer-Reviewed Publications: list publications from most recent to least recent
• Research Support: list ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years
• Personal Statement: briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well-suited for your role as principal investigator in the submitted project

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

Please include the following sections in your research plan.

  1. Clearly stated and answerable research question in Population Exposure Comparator Outcome / Population Intervention Comparator Outcome format.
  2. Background and rationale. Please use the FINER criteria (Feasible; Interesting; Novel; Ethical; and Relevant) to justify the research question. For the “Relevant” criterion, please explain how answering this research question will lead to improved outcomes for people with respiratory, sleep or critical illness in low and middle-income countries (particularly in your own country)
  3. Describe the study design (Cross-sectional; Cohort; Case-control; RCT). Explain why you have selected this study design, compared to the other options.
  4. Describe the selection and recruitment of the study population.  Explain how you will reduce the risk of selection bias. 
  5. Describe how study exposures, outcomes, and covariates will be measured.  Describe the validity of measures, and provide references, if available.
  6. Describe and justify the sample size.  Explain why the sample size is feasible for you.
  7. Describe how the data will be analyzed.
  8. Discuss the relevant ethical issues.
  9. Describe the procedures being taken to ensure quality assurance.
  10. How will you propose to use this funding to obtain further or future funding?
  11. Describe the timetable for implementation of various stages of the project over a 1 year project period (date of award to completion of all project activities).  Explain the feasibility of completing each stage within the timeline you have proposed. 
  12. Include relevant references.

BUDGET

Please complete the budget form available on the research program website. Please note: indirect costs are not permitted on ATS Foundation Research Program Partner Grants.

BIBLIOGRAPHY/LITERATURE CITED

  • No page limit
  • List citations by number in the order in which they appear in the text.
  • Use the following format shown below (“New England Journal of Medicine” style in EndNote and “Annals of Internal Medicine” in Reference Manager).

1. Kajikawa O, Frevert CW, Lin SM, Goodman RB, Mongovin SM, Wong V, Ballman K, Daubeuf B, Elson G, Martin TR. Gene expression of toll-like receptor-2, toll-like receptor-4 and MD2 is differentially regulated in rabbits with Escherichia coli pneumonia. Gene 2005;3:193-202.

2. Altemeier WA, Matute-Bello G, Frevert CW, Kawata Y, Kajikawa O, Martin TR, Glenny RW. Mechanical ventilation with moderate tidal volumes synergistically increases lung cytokine response to systemic endotoxin. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 2004;164:1949-1958.

LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM MENTOR

You are responsible for uploading a letter of support from your mentor in your application on the Foundant Technologies Website. The letter of support is due at the full application deadline: Wednesday, September 19th at 11:59pm.


REVIEW PROCESS

Please note that after you submit your application it will be reviewed by Research Program staff and MECOR staff/faculty. If there are any problems or if these guidelines have not been followed, your proposal will be un-submitted. Please makes sure that you check your email after you submit your application so that any outstanding issues may be addressed as quickly as possible.

The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and MECOR staff/faculty will review the applications. The membership of the SAC is listed on the ATS Website and additional ad hoc reviewers will be invited to participate as needed. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of scientific merit, novelty, and responsiveness to the purpose of the specific grant program.


ATS POLICY ON ADDITIONAL GRANT FUNDING

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


More information on the MECOR program can be found here. Please address all questions about the MECOR Research Awards to Fran du Melle, Senior Director, International Programs and Activities, at fdumelle@thoracic.org or the ATS Foundation Research Program at researchprogram@thoracic.org. 

Last Reviewed: August 2017