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2014 ATS Foundation Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators

ATS FOUNDATION RESEARCH RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING
EARLY CAREER INVESTIGATORS INSTRUCTIONS

The awards are explained below, along with the application process, applicant qualification requirements, instructions, timeline for the review process and submission requirements.

Please review all eligibility requirements before submitting a letter of intent or full application.

2014 Research Program Portfolio

Timeline for 2014 ATS Foundation Grants 
(Funding to begin October 31, 2014)

May 9, 2014 Deadline for submission of letters of intent (LOI)
June 6, 2014 Review of the LOI’s
Mid-Late June 2014 Applicants will receive official notification on their LOI’s
July 18, 2014 Submission deadline for full grant applications
Late September, 2014 Review of grant applications
Early-Mid October 2014 Award notifications sent to applicants and institutions

Recognition Awards for Outstanding Early Career Investigators

The ATS Foundation will also offer an additional seven (7) unrestricted 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 unfunded proposal submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or an internationally equivalent federal funding body.  Only applications that have been submitted only one time to the funding party will be accepted.  The NIH (or equivalent) must have reviewed these proposals on or after June 2013 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.

For the first time, we will be collecting letters of intents for these Recognition Awards.  Please read more about this process below.

ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES

A primary goal of the ATS Foundation Research Program is to enable 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).

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

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.

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 ATS within one month of formal notification of award. A subcommittee of SAC will assess degree of overlap. In case of significant scientific overlap the applicant will have to choose between the ATS research grant and the other grant. Budgetary overlap is not allowed.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING

Letter of intent forms are available on the Foundant Technologies website

Please note that after you submit your letter of intent 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 Stephen C. Crane, PhD, MPH, at scrane@thoracic.org with any questions related to requirements and eligibility.