Deadline 2015/03/02 - ASRM Research Grants

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Congratulations to the 2014 Grant Winners:

  • Michael Eisenberg, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, “The relationship between male infertility and somatic health,” $35,000.
  • Winifred Mak, M.D., Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine, “Pumilio 1 mediated regulation of primordial folliculogenesis,” $40,000.
  • Kathy Timms, Ph.D., University of Missouri, “Therapeutic or adverse effects of new therapies for subfertility in endometriosis,” $40,000.
  • Heidi Cook-Andersen, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, “The Role of the mRNA Degradation Factor Brf2 in Early Embryogenesis and Female Fertility,” $40,000.
  • Paolo Rinaudo, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, “Evaluation of adult metabolic health following transfer of cleavage stage versus blastocyst stage mouse embryos,” $45,000.

PURPOSE

The priorities of the ASRM Research Grant Program are to 

  1. facilitate the research endeavors of new investigators, 
  2. provide bridge (i.e., between grant funding periods) funds for projects that are of benefit to other members of the Society, and 
  3. foster the development of innovative research.  

Proposals from junior faculty, particularly those in their first three years of faculty appointment, will receive priority. The ASRM Research Grants, which are funded by the ASRM, are reviewed by the ASRM Research Committee and awarded by the Board of Directors. Grants in amounts of $10,000 to $50,000 will be considered on an annual basis. A total of $200,000 is available for 2015. Funds are available for project expenses, technical assistance, patient expenses, research supplies and durable laboratory equipment. Up to ten percent (10%) of funds may be used for indirect costs or institutional overhead in circumstances deemed to be extraordinary by the Research Committee. Innovative projects or projects that have previously been funded by other sources and are in need of bridge funding are appropriate. Research grant funds may be expended over a 2-year time interval. If residual funds remain after 2 years, the principal investigator can apply for a no-cost extension. An individual is eligible to receive only one grant. Grants may be renewed under extraordinary circumstances, such as may be necessary to sustain an ongoing activity of importance to the Society.

REQUIREMENTS

Recipients of an ASRM Research Grant may also have other grants contributing to the funding of their project; however, the additional funding amounts must be noted on the grant application.  A progress report and a financial report on the work sponsored by the ASRM Research Grant are required annually and within 60 days of the completion date of funding for the project. The final report should include a summary of the project and an accounting of funds spent, be signed by the recipient of the award and the institutional grants officer, and submitted to the ASRM office. All unused funds will be returned to the ASRM at the completion of the project unless additional time has been approved by no-cost as described above, or if the project has not been initiated at the end of the first year. An abstract should be submitted for consideration at an ASRM Annual Meeting either prior to or after completion of the project.  

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for an ASRM Research Grant, the Candidate/Principal Investigator must: 

  • Have earned an M.D. and/or Ph.D. and/or D.O. and/or D.V.M. degree or their equivalents.
  • Be an independent investigator who has completed his/her training and has a full-time faculty/research staff appointment as of July 1, 2015; note that clinical and research students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral trainees are not eligible.
  • Have been an active or associate member of ASRM since at least July 1, 2014.

APPLICATION

There is no application form. The application consists of the following eight items in this order:

  1. Cover sheet - including title of research proposal, applicant’s name and degree(s), address, telephone, fax, and email; indicate which one of the three priorities is being addressed by the application (new investigators, bridge funding, initiation of innovative research project)
  2. Research Proposal - the description of the research project must be presented in NIH format using six pages or less and including bibliography. Use Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface; a font size of 11 points or larger; no more than 15 characters per inch; no more than six lines per inch; one-half inch margins.
  3. A one-page budget should be prepared and signed by the applicant and by the Department Chair (see attached budget template) and the appropriate institutional official. Recipients may have other grants that contribute to funding of their project, and notation of this funding must be included in the application budget.
  4. Applicable institutional certifications of regulatory compliance, e.g., human subjects, animals, biohazards, radioactive materials, recombinant DNA, etc.
  5. Statement of Career Goals - briefly list and/or describe career goals if the applicant is a new investigator.
  6. Curriculum Vitae - this should include basic personal data, educational background, past and present positions, honors, achievements, and publications; limited to three pages; an NIH biosketch is acceptable.
  7. Letter of Recommendation from Division Director or Department Chair – signed letter on company/organizational letterhead.
  8. Letter of Intent from Chair of the Department - this letter should state that the award money will only be allocated for the items noted in the budget and should affirm that the appropriate time will be allotted for completion of the research by the faculty member and that appropriate facilities will be available for the grant recipient to carry out the project.

SELECTION

Selection is based primarily on the scientific merit of the proposed study. The Research Committee may utilize the review services of non-Committee experts if necessary to ensure a competent and balanced review. Members of this Committee will recuse themselves from the selection process for a given year if any proposals for that year involve members of their institutions.  Projects proposed by new investigators, studies of high scientific merit requiring bridge funding, and highly innovative studies will have priority. Evaluation of the proposals by the ASRM Research Committee will include the availability of resources to conduct the proposed study and the identification of a principal investigator who can offer an appropriate environment for the pursuit of the proposed project. The recipient is required to attend the ASRM Annual Meeting. Members of the Executive Committee are not eligible to submit applications and they will recuse themselves from this review if any of the proposals for that year involve their institutions. In addition the ASRM Research Committee will review the progress reports and financial reports on the work sponsored by the ASRM research grants annually and upon completion of funding for the project. Members of the Research Committee will recuse themselves from the review of reports for any project that involves their institutions of employment. The applicant will be notified of the decision by June 1, 2015 and funding will commence July 1, 2015.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 2, 2015.

You will receive an email acknowledgement when your application is received. If you have not received an acknowledgement by March 7, 2015 please contact: Ms. Meredith Sauls, ASRM, 205-978-5000 x126, Fax 205-978-5005, or email msauls@asrm.org.

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