2013 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators
Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators Application Instructions
Deadline: July 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. EASTERN (6 a.m. PACIFIC)
The awards are explained below, along with the application process, eligibility requirements, instructions, and timeline for the review process.
Please review all eligibility requirements before submitting a full application.
The ATS Foundation will offer seven (7) unrestricted bridge funding awards for meritorious early career researchers. These awards provide $40,000 for one year for domestic and international ATS members, and can be put towards salary, research, or a combination of both. If the recipient elects to put the award towards one or more research projects, these projects must be relevant to the ATS’ mission of advancing science in pulmonary, sleep, or critical care medicine.
The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee will assess the strength of each applicant through a careful evaluation of an A0 unfunded proposal submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or an internationally equivalent federal funding body. The NIH (or equivalent) must have reviewed these proposals on or after June 2012 and assigned the proposal a highly competitive scientific score. The NIH (or equivalent) critique pages (“pink sheets”) must be attached to the ATS Foundation application. The applicant’s biosketch and letters of recommendation will also be considered in the ATS review process.
The NIH (or equivalent) proposal must be relevant to pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine, and should not have other extramural support. Because these ATS Foundation awards are intended for early career investigators, the NIH (or equivalent) proposal must be for a mentored career development award (e.g., K08, K23, or equivalent) or a Pathway to Independence Award program (K99/R00). Proposals submitted for the applicant’s first major independent research project grant (R01 or equivalent) will also be considered. The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee review will focus on (i) the relevance and scientific excellence of the proposed study on pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine; and (ii) potential for future scientific independence, e.g., extramural NIH support.
The applicant must also meet all eligibility requirements described in the “Eligibility and Guidelines” section below.
The deadline to apply is July 1, 2013.
ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES
Please read the eligibility information below before you start your application. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Chase, Senior Manager of the ATS Foundation Research Program at email@example.com.
A primary goal of the ATS Foundation Research Program is to provide new investigators the chance to make the transition to careers as established investigators. Applicants must have completed their primary research training (PhD or sub-specialty fellowship training) by July 1, 2013 and have a firm commitment from their home institution for a faculty position. Partnerships between junior and senior investigators are strongly encouraged, particularly for new investigators who are within 1 to 5 years of the completion of their research training. 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 that the grant is awarded. Individuals may submit multiple letter of intent (LOI) applications, but ATS will extend at most one invitation to submit a full grant application to each applicant. Consistent with our intention to support early career investigators, applicants shall not be over 12 years beyond their doctoral degree or equivalent (i.e., MD, PhD, DVM).
International applicants are welcome to apply.
Applicants shall not be the recipients of relatively large national awards defined as an NIH R01, Veterans Affairs Grant, Department of Defense Grant or equivalent awards with funding of ≥100,000 per year for at least 2 years from a single independent (nonmentored) grant at any time.
Investigators who hold active career development grants (such as K award from the NIH) are eligible to receive ATS research funding, but the ATS project should differ scientifically from the already funded award.
At the present time, investigators in the following categories are not eligible to apply for ATS grants:
- US-based trainees who do not hold a Visa that spans the project period of the grant
- Current awardees of the ATS Foundation Research Program
- Individuals who have received 2 ATS grants
REVIEW PROCESS AND TIMELINE
The ATS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will review the applications. The membership of the SAC is listed on the ATS Website. Additional ad hoc reviewers, especially in the areas of sleep and critical care, 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. The SAC will be meeting on September 29-September 30th to review applications. Funding will begin on October 31, 2013.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING
Application forms are available on the Foundant Technologies website.
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 make sure that you check your email after you submit your application so that any outstanding issues may be addressed as quickly as possible.
Please contact Alyssa Chase, Senior Manager, ATS Foundation Research Program, at 212-315-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to requirements and eligibility.