ScanGrants - Cardiovascular

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Proof of Concept Research Grants

Pulmonary Hypertension Association Proof of Concept Research Grants

Three Proof of Concept awards will be offered in 2014. These grants will support new research projects that are in the early exploratory and developmental stages and have the potential to lead to advances in the scientific understanding of PH. Proposed projects should result in preliminary data that will enable the investigator to apply for support for a larger, hypotheses-driven research project.

Applicants may request up to $40,000 in direct costs for one year to be used for salaries and/or supplies to conduct this research. Investigators based in the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to apply. PHA has contracted with the ATS Foundation for administrative services for this program.

Target audience

Investigators who are interested in pulmonary hypertension research.

Timeline

May 23, 2014  Deadline for LOI submission

June 6, 2014  LOI review

Mid-Late June 2014  Applicants will receive official notification on their LOIs

July 18, 2014  Submission deadline for full grant application

Late September 2014  Review of grant applications

Early-Mid October 2014  Award notifications sent to applicants and institutions

Pulmonary Hypertension Association/American Thoracic Society Research Fellowship in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension Association/American Thoracic Society Research Fellowship in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association is partnering with the American Thoracic Society (ATS) to support faculty-level researchers in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension. This research fellowship has been made possible by fellowships from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. PHA serves as one of the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable members.

Awards

A primary goal of this research program is to enable new faculty-level investigators to make the transition to established investigators.  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 training. One research grant will be awarded to support novel studies of the diagnosis, pathogenesis, treatment or outcomes of pulmonary hypertension. Applicants may request up to $40,000/year for 2 years for salaries, supplies or a combination of these two.

Eligibility

Both U.S. and non-U.S. based investigators are encouraged to apply. One of the investigators 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. Indirect costs will not be paid to the sponsoring institution.

Key Dates

May 23, 2014  Deadline for submission of letters of intent (LOI)

June 6, 2014  Review of all LOIs

Mid-Late June 2014  Applicants will receive official notification of their LOIs

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

Call for Submissions: Lesbian Health Fund

Call for Submissions: Lesbian Health Fund

 The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, is accepting proposals for research on lesbian health.  Applications are due October 15, 2014.

The mission of the Lesbian Health Fund is to improve the health of lesbians and other sexual minority women (SMW) and their families through research.

Research Areas

While many areas in the field of lesbian health need more attention, here are the areas which we believe are especially important for improving the health of lesbians, other sexual minority women, and their families.

Understanding social, family, and interpersonal influences as sources of stress or support

Eliminating inequalities in health care, including barriers to care, and improving quality of care and utilization rates

Development and testing of interventions to address mental and physical health needs of lesbians and other SMW, including but not limited to depression, identity related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, cancer risks, cardiovascular disease and sexually transmitted infections

Sexual and reproductive health, including family & parenting issues

Methodology

LHF funded research, whether qualitative or quantitative, is well grounded with solid methodology, and is in dialogue with the existing body of literature in the field. However, there are particular challenges associated with conducting research in a small and often difficult to access population of lesbians and other sexual minority women. Going beyond the need to simply “fill in gaps in the literature” will require developing innovative research methodology.

Presentation & Publication

It is expected that the results from LHF funded studies will be published in peer-reviewed journals. LHF also requires a presentation of original research finding to be made at either the GLMA Annual Conference, or at the Women In Medicine Conference. Research budgets can include up to $750 to subsidize travel costs.

Future Research

LHF grants range from $500 - $10,000. Many applications are for small projects structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. In order to leverage the impact of our investment, priority is given to the best proposals with the greatest likelihood of securing future funding from other sources.

Proposals for the fall grant cycle are due by October 15th.

GLMA and LHF Board Members or paid consultants are ineligible to submit grants.

Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Application Deadline: August 01, 2014

The Program is designed to support basic science and clinical research in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to:

Basic science underlying PAH

Genetics of PAH

Pathophysiology of PAH

Epidemiology of PAH

Techniques for early diagnosis of PAH

The Program is designed to support new original research. Proposals with significant scientific overlap with funded research projects from a peer review agency or industry source will not be considered.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Hold an MD, DO, PhD, or equivalent degree at time of award

Be within 5 years of a faculty appointment in association with a research institution in the United States at the time of application

Have a strong career interest in PAH

Have a research mentor with extensive experience in the field of PAH

Be able to devote at least 50% of professional time to research (versus administrative, patient care, or teaching responsibilities)

Be able to complete the proposed research within the 2-year award period

Citizenship/Visa Status

An applicant must be a citizen, permanent resident of the United States, or hold a temporary nonimmigrant visa. This visa must be valid for the two-year award period (January 2, 2015 – December 31, 2016).

Appplication information

Submission Deadline: Midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, August 1, 2014.

No applications will be accepted after this date.

Applications must be completed online and submitted electronically with the required Supplementary Materials.

Application

Applications must include the following Supplementary Materials as specified:

Completed Application Form (All fields must be completed or applicant will not be able to submit)

Research Abstract

Research Proposal

Applicant's curriculum vitae, resume, or NIH biosketch, inclusive of publications, if applicable

Mentor's NIH biosketch

Letter of support from mentor, which includes: mentor’s track record of productivity, funding, and success with prior trainees; detailed description of the mentoring plan, including available resources allocated to the proposed research project, provision of protected time and available laboratory facilities

Bibliography of relevant references (maximum of 20)

Detailed budget and completed budget summary

Certification of Faculty Appointment from mentor is required and must be submitted with the Application using the template provided on the Program website (Download Certification of Faculty Appointment Template)

Acknowledgement of Indirect Costs Limitation and of the terms of this award from your institution's grants department is required and must be submitted using the template provided on the Program website)

List of Current or Pending Applications for Funding, using the template provided on the Program website

For general inquires about the Research Scholars Program, please call or email:

Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Attn: Research Scholars Program Coordinator
Telephone: 646-674-1820
Email: pahresearchscholars@contacthmc.com

American Heart Association National Innovative Research Grant

American Heart Association National Innovative Research Grant

Application Deadline:  July 24, 2014

Award Activation:  January 1, 2015

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on the deadline date.  The system will shut down at 5:00 p.m. CDT.  Early submission is encouraged.  Your institutional Grants Officer (GO) has the final responsibility of submitting your completed application to the American Heart Association.  It is important that you check with your GO for his/her internal deadline.

Objective

To support highly innovative, high-risk, high-reward research that could ultimately lead to critical discoveries or major advancements that will accelerate the field of cardiovascular and stroke research.

Research deemed innovative may introduce a new paradigm, challenge current paradigms, look at existing problems from new perspectives, or exhibit other uniquely creative qualities.  The Innovative Research Grant (IRG) promotes new ideas; therefore, proposals need not include preliminary data.  However, a solid rationale for the work must be provided.  Proposed work should not be the next logical step of previous work, but should have a high probability of revealing new avenues of investigation, if successful.  This program aims to provide pilot or seed funding that should lead to successful competition for additional funding beyond the pilot period.

The principal investigator (PI) is responsible for clearly and explicitly articulating the project's innovation and the potential impact on cardiovascular and stroke research.

Science Focus

Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.

Disciplines

Proposals are encouraged from all basic, behavioral, epidemiological, and community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

Target Audience

At the time of application, the applicant must:

• Hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent doctoral degree.
 
Eligibility for the Innovative Research Grant is not restricted based upon experience level or seniority. Seniority will not be used as a criterion in evaluating an application's merit.

At the time of award activation, must:

• Have a faculty (or faculty equivalent) appointment.  This award is not intended for postdoctoral fellows or others in research training positions.

Citizenship

At time of application, must have one of the following designations:

• U.S. citizen

• Permanent resident

• Pending permanent resident. Applicants must have applied for permanent residency and have filed form I-485 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and have received authorization to legally remain in the United States (having filed an Application for Employment Form I-765).

• E3 - specialty occupation worker

• H-1B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation

• J-1 Visa-exchange visitor.  Note:  You must have an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date.  If the H-1B or equivalent is not received by the award activation date, the award must be relinquished.

• O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences

• TN Visa - NAFTA professional

• G-4 Visa - family member of employee of international organizations and NATO

Awardee must meet American Heart Association citizenship criteria throughout the duration of the award.

Location of Work

National programs are open to all affiliates.

American Heart Association research awards are limited to non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and other non-profit institutions that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research.

Applications will not be accepted for work with funding to be administered through any federal institution or work to be performed by a federal employee, except for Veterans Administration employees.

Applicants are not required to reside in the United States for any period before applying for American Heart Association funding.

Exception: An investigator may be allowed to request approval to conduct work outside the United States temporarily.

Total Annual Award Amount:  $75,000

Award Duration:  Two years

Contact us for questions/inquiries about programs and login issues/assistance.

Mailing Address:

American Heart Association
Division of Research Administration
AHA National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX  75231-4596

E-mail:  apply@heart.org 
214-360-6107 

CHEST Foundation 2014 Grants and Awards Program

CHEST Foundation 2014 Grants and Awards Program

Each year, The CHEST Foundation offers CHEST members grants for clinical and translational research, leadership, and volunteer community service. Nearly 800 recipients worldwide have received more than $9 million to support and recognize outstanding work in chest medicine.

Application deadline: May 31

For more information, contact:

Dr. Sydney Parker, Director, Grants and Awards
Phone: 224/521-9528
sparker@chestnet.org

Distinguished Scholar in Thrombosis Grant

GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Thrombosis

$150,000 awarded over 3 years

Application Deadline: May 31

The Distinguished Scholar in Thrombosis grant supports clinical educational projects to improve patient care and is intended for the investigation of issues that are not easily supported through traditional funding. The grant will support a Fellow of the American College of CHEST Physicians (FCCP) who is a recognized clinician and/or scientist with a specialty in thrombosis as evidenced by publications, presentations, and peers. The applicant must propose a thrombosis-related project that does one or more of the following:

• Investigates alternatives for treatment.

• Educates patients about options for diagnosis and treatment.

• Disseminates new knowledge about diagnosis and treatment.

• Defines new mechanisms leading to innovations and improvements to treatment.

Clinical Research Grants and Leadership Awards

The CHEST Foundation Clinical Research Grant in Lung Cancer

$100,000 awarded over 2 years

Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

This grant, establashed through a grant from Genetech, supports a clinical/translational research project that could lead to improved treatment and/or cure for lung cancer. Applicant must be a CHEST member who has completed at least 1 year of a pulmonary or critical care fellowship or a thoracic surgery residency and be within 7 years of completing training.

The CHEST Foundation Clinical Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

$50,000 (July 2014 to June 2015)

Application Deadline: May 31

This grant, established through a grant from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US, Inc., supports a clinical/translational research project that contributes to the understanding of the pathophysiology or treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Research must be completed between July 2014 and June 2015. Applicant must be a CHEST member who has completed at least 1 year of a pulmonary or critical care fellowship and be within 7 years of completing training.

The CHEST Foundation and The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
$30,000 (July 2014 to June 2015)

Application Deadline: May 31

This grant supports a clinical/translational research project that contributes to effective treatments or a cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Research must be completed between July 2014 and June 2015. Applicant must be a CHEST member who has completed at least 1 year of a pulmonary or critical care fellowship and be within 7 years of completing training.

Diversity Committee Young Investigator Faculty Scholar in Pulmonary, Cardiovascular, Critical Care, or Sleep Research Grant

$25,000 (July 2014 to June 2015)

Application Deadline: May 31

This grant supports outstanding underrepresented young investigators in their careers in pulmonary, cardiovascular, critical care, or sleep research, with a focus on promoting equity and reducing disparity within a global setting. The grant supports clinical/translational research in pulmonary, cardiovascular, critical care, or sleep medicine. Research must be completed between July 2014 and June 2015.

Applicant must be a CHEST member who has completed at least 1 year of a pulmonary or critical care fellowship and be within 5 years of completing training.

The CHEST Foundation and Alpha-1 Foundation Clinical Research Grant in COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency

$25,000 (July 2014 to June 2015)

Application Deadline: May 31

This award supports research focused on COPD and AAT deficiency. While research projects primarily in usual COPD (not associated with AAT deficiency) are allowed, those with a focus on AAT deficiency are encouraged. Research must be completed between July 2014 and June 2015. Applicant must be a CHEST member who qualifies as a young investigator (ie, in an ACGME fellowship training programs and within 5 years of completion).

The CHEST Foundation and Respiratory Health Association Clinical Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
$10,000 (July 2014 to June 2015)

Application Deadline: May 31, 2014

This grant supports a clinical research project related to women’s lung health. Topics may include research on gender differences in lung diseases, such as COPD and lung cancer. Research must be completed between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Applicant must be a CHEST member and hold the degree of MD, DO, MBBCh, PharmD, PhD, or the equivalent.

Community Service and Humanitarian Grants

McCaffree Community Service and Humanitarian Grants

$5,000 to $15,000

Application Deadline: May 31

The McCaffree Community Service and Humanitarian grants are given for community-based projects supported by the service work of CHEST members worldwide. Projects must show a clear impact on the community and have the potential for long-term sustainability and replicability. Grant funds are paid to the nonprofit or nongovernmental organization where the member donates time and medical service.

Call for Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship Applications: Companion Diagnostics: From Biomarker Identification to Market Entry

Call for Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship Applications: Companion Diagnostics: From Biomarker Identification to Market Entry

April 28 - 29, 2014 The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented by The New York Academy of Sciences

The recent growth in complex biological data has enabled a major paradigm shift in healthcare away from "one-size-fits-all" approaches towards customized, patient-tailored therapies. Biomarker-based companion diagnostics (CDx), designed to identify responsive patient sub-populations or those likely to experience adverse drug effects, lie at the heart of this personalized, precision medicine movement.

This 2-day conference will provide a neutral forum for international scientists and clinicians from academia, industry, and government — as well as healthcare policy makers, regulatory experts, insurance sector representatives, and other stakeholders — to discuss research, financial, and regulatory strategies that will facilitate CDx development and integration into clinical care. Presentations will illustrate successes and failures based on case studies; evaluate emerging applications of technologies such as epigenetics, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology; analyze diverse therapeutic target areas beyond cancer including inflammatory, infectious, cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurodegenerative diseases; recognize regulatory hurdles; and formulate solutions to better improve public health with CDx and personalized medicine.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, March 14, 2014.

Applications are invited from qualified early career investigators. For detailed information on eligibility and application instructions, please send an email to CDx2014@nyas.org with the words "Fellowship Information" in the subject line. There is no need to type a message; instructions will be forwarded automatically. Please call 212.298.8618 with any questions.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Colorado State University

Summer Undergraduate Research Program Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Colorado State University

All materials should be received in our office by Feb 1, 2014.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Molecular Biosciences May 27, 2014 – July 31, 2014

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, offers undergraduate students opportunities for independent research projects in molecular biosciences including:

• Gene expression analyses

• Chromatin structure/function

• Protein characterization and manipulation

• Cell molecular architecture

• Tumor virus molecular biology

• Molecular mechanisms of ion channels and neurotransmitter release

• Protein folding, structure and function

• Molecular neurobiology

• Developmental mechanisms

• Proteomics

• Detection of food-borne pathogens

• Plant molecular biology and metabolism

• Cardiovascular physiology and development

• DNA repair and telomeres in cancer and aging

• Prions in neurodegenerative diseases

Program Description

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, offers qualified undergraduates from throughout the country the opportunity to conduct research projects in biochemistry and molecular biology for ten weeks each summer.

This program allows students to participate in active research in a wide range of areas, including protein structure and function, transcriptional mechanisms, molecular neurobiology, regulation of gene expression in a chromatin context, cancer biology, plant biology, embryonic development, diabetes, cytoskeleton dynamics, and virology.

Students will be involved in exciting and interesting projects at the very edge of our current knowledge in these areas. They will learn how to formulate and test hypotheses, how to problem-solve and troubleshoot, and how to use state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation including analytical ultracentrifugation and X-ray crystallography. A significant number of participants in this program have published the results of their projects in scientific journals.

Each student is assigned to a specific faculty member’s research laboratory, where the student works closely with the faculty mentor, post-doctoral associates, and graduate students.

The student participates fully in the life of the mentor’s lab. In addition, there are informal meetings of all program participants to exchange information on the research being done and to discuss areas of biochemistry/molecular biology that are of particular interest and excitement. There are also weekly meetings at which various scientists describe the latest advances in their own research or career opportunities in biomedical or biotechnology fields. Informal evening or weekend social, recreational, and cultural events with program participants and faculty provide for relaxation. The summer experience is capped by a mini-symposium at which program participants present a poster/report on their project and receive certificates of completion for the program.

What Participants Receive

Stipends, Living Allowance, and Travel

Participants in the 10-week program are provided $5,000 stipends, housing in nearby apartments, and $1,700 for food. In addition, they receive up to $600 for documented travel expenses (direct route from either home or school to begin the program, and by direct route to home or school at the end of the program). The costs of some optional planned recreational activities (e.g., whitewater rafting) are borne by the student.

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections for Cardiovascular Health Program Opportunity

AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections for Cardiovascular Health Program Opportunity

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will accept applications for the 2014 Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program, which has provided over $14 million to 39 organizations since its inception four years ago. Organizations can submit online applications for the program from Monday, Feb. 3, through Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. EST.

The program each year awards grants of $150,000 and up to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work at the community level in support of its mission of improving cardiovascular health. Programs are eligible to receive up to two years of grant funding.

To qualify for a Foundation grant, organizational programs must meet four key criteria:

• Address cardiovascular health issues within the United States and its territories.

• Recognize and work to address an unmet need related to cardiovascular health in the community.

• Respond to the urgency around addressing cardiovascular health issues, including cardiovascular disease or conditions contributing to cardiovascular disease.

• Improve the quality of patients’ and non-professional caregivers’ lives in connection with the services provided and work done.

Foundation grant applications that describe innovative initiatives with clearly defined outcomes and measurable results and processes will be considered for funding. Applicants must demonstrate sustainability plans for the initiative so that the program can continue to improve cardiovascular health after the Foundation grant funds are expended. In 2013, the Foundation awarded nearly $3.7 million in grants to 19 organizations dedicated to improving heart health.

For more information on the Foundation and how to apply for a grant, please visit: http://www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation. A preview of this year’s application questions as well as a completed sample application are also available.

International Society for Heart Research North American Section Young Investigator Award Competition for Senior Postdocs and Early Assistant Professors

International Society for Heart Research North American Section Young Investigator Award Competition for Senior Postdocs and Early Assistant Professors

The annual award was established by the North American Section of the ISHR to recognize outstanding research in the field of cardiovascular science by young investigators. Up to three finalists will be selected to present their work at the North American Section meeting in Miami, FL, on May 12-15, 2014. It is expected that all finalists will attend and participate in the entire Section meeting.

Qualifications:

Competition is open to Postdoctoral Fellows (or equivalent) or Assistant Professors who are more than 4 years, but less than 10 years after the completion of their PhD or MD (as of Mar 1, 2014). Applicants must also be a paid member of the ISHR by March 1, 2014. Applicants can register and pay dues online at www.ishrworld.org.

Rules for Entry: Deadline for receipt of these documents is March 1, 2014.

Please send a single pdf file electronically (Combined as a single pdf file no larger than 4MB) to both Dr. Leslie Anderson Lobaugh (llobaugh@nc.rr.com) and Dr. Elizabeth Murphy (tmurphy92@verizon.net) containing the following:

1. An unpublished manuscript (single spaced) in the field of cardiovascular research.
This must include an abstract (~250 words) and can be in pre-submission stage or more final version. However, the manuscript cannot exceed 6000 words and 7 Figs and cannot be already published (on PubMed) as of Mar 1, 2014.

2. Curriculum vitae in NIH BioSketch format. You can include your full list of published papers (i.e. beyond the 15 allowed by NIH –if you’ve got them!).

3. A brief letter from the supervisor or department head in which the research was done which should include a) a statement describing the role of the applicant in the work described in the manuscript and b) a succinct evaluation of the applicant’s potential as an investigator. If you do not get a confirming e-mail from Dr. Lobaugh within one week (or by March 3 if you submit the last week of Feb), please send a follow up inquiry without the attached file. Failure to follow these guidelines is grounds for administrative withdrawal.

Three finalists will be selected by a Committee and invited to present their results at the Young Investigator’s Award Competition. A panel of judges will make the award based on scientific merit of the manuscript, quality of the presentation, and responses to questions asked during the discussion period. All finalists will be given a certificate and US$500 check toward a portion of the cost of their travel expenses to attend the ISHR Meeting. The first place winner will also be given a plaque and an additional award of US$500.

Note: Applicants may present their work in the regular poster sessions of the meeting, whether or not they are selected as YIA finalists. Applicants are encouraged to submit their abstract for consideration for oral presentation in the ECI Symposium (May 12, 9-10:30a). These presentations will not be part of the evaluation for the award (but need to be submitted separately in the normal manner for Abstract submission; a check box to indicate your intention to submit your abstract for consideration for the ECI Symposium is included in the online submission form).

International Society for Heart Research Richard J. Bing Award for Young Investigators

International Society for Heart Research Richard J. Bing Award for Young Investigators

The Richard J. Bing Award for Young Investigators is given at each World Congress of the International Society for Heart Research. The purpose of this Award is to recognize outstanding endeavors by new investigators in research activities, and to encourage continued biomedical research careers broadly related to cardiovascular biology. Details of the competition are as follows:

1. Candidates must be active members (or have applied for membership) of the ISHR (membership application forms are available on the ISHR website at www.ishrworld.org or from Dr. Richard L. Moss, Sec Gen ISHR, Senior Assoc Dean, Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies, Univ of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 750 Highland Ave, Madison, WI, 53705, USA; ph: 608-265-0523, fax: 608-265-0522, email: rlmoss@wisc.edu).

2. Candidates must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent) less than 6 years prior to the opening day of the Congress.  Allowance will be made for career breaks.  It is the responsibility of the candidate and supervisor to justify the degree of disruption to the career.

3. Applications must include the following:

• An original manuscript in any area of cardiovascular biology

• A curriculum vitae

• A statement detailing how much of the design and research work was done by the candidate and by any co-investigators. This statement must be endorsed by the candidate’s immediate supervisor (e.g., Division Head, Department Chairman, or Institute Director). In case of multi-authored manuscripts, the supervisor should also indicate that among all of the co-authors, the applicant is the most appropriate candidate for the Award, and offer rationale for this opinion.

All of these items should be provided in electronic format, as PDF files on a single flash drive.  A printed copy of the supervisor's statement letter, with original signature, should also accompany the nomination.

6. The manuscript must be unpublished (as defined by not having appeared on PubMed) by the closing date for submissions for the Award.

7. The application materials must be received by Dr. Richard L. Moss, Sec Gen ISHR, Senior Assoc Dean, Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies, Univ of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 750 Highland Ave, Madison, WI, 53705, USA; ph: 608-265-0523, fax: 608-265-0522, email: rlmoss@wisc.edu, no later than February 1, 2016.   Applications received after that date will not be considered.

8. Only one submission per author will be considered. The candidate must be the sole or the first author of the manuscript submitted.

9. Four finalists will be selected from the submitted works by a Committee of the ISHR. Each finalist will qualify for a travel award of up to a maximum of US$1,500 [to include coach class travel and a maximum of 3 nights’ hotel accommodation] when the Award recipient delivers their oral presentation at a World Congress in his/her region, and up to a maximum of US$3,000 when inter-continental travel is required. All finalists will receive a free electronic subscription to the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. A photograph and biosketch of the winner will be published in Heart News and Views, and will be posted in the ISHR website.

10. At the Congress, each finalist will verbally present his/her study to the Society. The winner of the Award will receive a plaque and a cash award of US$1,500. The three runner-ups will receive a plaque and a cash award of US$1,000.

11. Any finalist who, for any reason, cannot personally present his or her work must withdraw from the competition. Substitute presenters are not allowed.

12. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned.

Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance Keith Michael Andrus Memorial Award

Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance Keith Michael Andrus Memorial Award

FARA accepts LOIs focusing on advancing understanding and/or treatment of the cardiac involvement in FA.

The deadline for the LOI is January 15. For those invited to submit a full application, the deadline for submission is March 1. On the Main Grant Page, put "KMA Award" in the "Grant Type" field. The applicant may request a budget of up to $150,000 per year for one or two years.

Call for Applications: Support for Ongoing Research in Thalassemia Grant

Call for Applications: Support for Ongoing Research in Thalassemia Grant

The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation invites national and international applications for 2014-2015 grants to support ongoing clinical research projects in Thalassemia. The goal of this initiative is to support investigators from all disciplines and backgrounds (MD, RN, PhD, MPH, MSW or other disciplines) with their ongoing clinical projects to address one or more of the following areas impacting patients with thalassemia: including but not limited to fertility, pregnancy and family planning; quality of life/psychosocial; burden of disease, cardiac issues and iron overload. The stipend will be $40,000 annually with possibility of one year renewal upon submission of a renewal application and approval by the Foundation’s Scientific Review Committee and Board of Directors. This level of funding would be appropriate for support of innovative small-scale pilot studies, observational trials, or ancillary support for ongoing interventional studies (for example support of a trainee joining an existing trial, or new biological endpoint analyses for an existing trial). In the case of ancillary studies, investigators should clearly document the support for the parent trial in their “other support” declarations.  Junior and senior faculty are eligible; fellows and trainees are not eligible. Investigators must interact directly with patients or patient-related data.  Awards will be announced in June 2014.

The completed application is due Monday February 3, 2014.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners Grants

American Association of Nurse Practitioners Grants

Grant applications are due by November 15th.

Grants are available to AANP members who are practicing in an NP role.  Applicants must be certified Nurse Practitioners or graduate students scheduled to complete an eligible NP program by December 31, 2014.  Type of projects may include Research, Patient/Provider Education or Patient/Quality Improvement.  Applicants may receive up to $2,500 in grants.  Only completed applications will be accepted and reviewed. Application deadline is November 15th. 

Eligibility Requirements include:

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

Must not be a Member of or relative of current AANP Board

Must not be an employee or relative of employee of any current Funders

Must not be staff or related to AANP staff

Grant Proposal related to NP Practice

Submitted applications must focus on the following topical areas:

ADHD

Cardiovascular

Chronic Pain

Diabetes

Gastroenterology

Growth Disorders

Health Promotion

Hemophilia

Migraine

Obesity

Oncology

Osteoarthritis

Osteoporosis

Sleep Disorders

Urology

Glenn/American Federation for Aging Research Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Glenn/American Federation for Aging Research Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The deadline for applications for the 2014 awards is January 15, 2014.

In order to continue to attract new generations of talented investigators, the Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established.  The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging.  The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving the quality of life for older people.

Up to ten scholarships will be awarded in 2014.  They will enable PhD, MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging.  Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible – the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area.  Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered.  Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

• Aging and immune function

• Stem Cell Aging

• Inflammation

• Genetic Control of longevity

• Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging

• Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models

• Cardiovascular aging

• Aging and cellular stress response

• Metabolic and endocrine changes

• Age-related changes in cell proliferation

• Caloric restriction and aging

• DNA repair and control of gene expression

• Biology of the menopause

• Aging and apoptosis

• Biodemographic analysis of aging

• Comparative gerontology

• Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging

• Macular degeneration

• Regenerative biology

• RNA control of gene expression in relation to age-related diseases

The research project must be carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  It may be carried out in any not-for-profit setting, such as universities, medical schools, hospitals, or non-government agencies.  Applicants who also receive NIH, NSF or DOD stipend support are eligible to receive the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. However, recipients cannot hold any other awards or scholarships concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.  Each scholarship carries an award of $5,000.  No indirect costs or overhead are allowed.  Award recipients will be invited to attend the 2014 AFAR Grantee Conference.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be MD, DO, PhD, or combined degree students in good standing at a not-for-profit institution in the United States.  If accepted, applicants will be asked to submit a Proof of Enrollment form confirming their enrollment at a U.S. institution.  Applicants may not hold another award or participate in another scholarship program concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by an AFAR Scientific Committee on the basis of:

• The qualifications and ability of the applicant, as demonstrated by academic performance, statement of purpose, and letter of reference

• The merit and feasibility of the proposed research project and its relevance to aging

• The qualifications of the designated mentor, his or her endorsement of the research project, assurance of active supervision, and demonstrated commitment to aging research and to the student

• Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant’s interest and career in aging research

• Quality of the research environment

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all applications and supporting materials is January 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

Applicants will be notified on funding decisions or around April 30, 2014. If funded, the project start date must be before December 31, 2014.

Reporting Requirements

The Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a full report detailing their research methods and findings within 90 days of completing the research projects.  Similarly, the mentor will be required to provide an evaluation of the student’s performance and impressions of the impact of the program on the student’s career. 

Annual Meeting
The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress and findings of the grantees.  The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaboration, and enhances the development of leadership.

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, the major goal of this partnership program is to support important research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The program also serves to encourage junior investigators in the United States and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences, and Alzheimer's disease in particular.

Projects in basic and translational research related to Alzheimer's disease (AD) that are clinically relevant, will be considered. Projects that focus on healthy brain aging are also considered. For one of the awards, priority may be given to an investigator with a research interest related to healthy brain aging. Areas of research could for example include learning and memory, nutrition, exercise, cardiovascular risk factors, as they relate to the brain and the aging process.

Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

Basic mechanisms of aging in the central nervous system

Learning and memory

The Biology and Pathobiology of Synapses

Genetics of AD

Neuroimaging and precursors of AD

Cellular and Molecular pathways of AD

Biological Markers of AD

Exercise, nutrition and dietary factors

Neurogenesis and AD

Impact of environmental agents in CNS aging and early AD

Inflammation

Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular factors

Drug discovery

It is anticipated that up to 4 grants of $100,000 each will be awarded in 2014. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Up to 8% of funds may be budgeted for overhead or indirect costs (not to exceed $7,407). Funding will begin July 1, 2014.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2014. Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at grants@afar.org. The proposed research must be conducted at any type of not-for-profit setting in the United States or Israel.

The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease do not provide support for:

Postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of a senior investigator

Investigators who have already received major extramural funding (such as an R01 or NSF equivalent grant)

Senior faculty, i.e. at the rank of Associate Professor level or higher

NIH Intramural program employees

Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States or Israel

Applicants cannot apply for the 2014 AFAR Research Grant Program or Glenn/AFAR BIG Program. Applications for this program will be considered for the AFAR Research Grant if deemed competitive.

Application Guidelines

Five criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:

Qualifications of the applicant;

Quality of the proposed research;

Relevance of the proposal to how mechanisms of aging may lead to AD or encourage healthy brain aging;

Excellence of the research environment;

Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in basic research on the mechanisms of aging and AD or healthy brain aging

For one of the awards, priority may be given to an investigator with a research interest related to healthy brain aging provided the application is deemed to meet the highest standards set by AFAR's Research Committee.

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all Letters of Intent is December 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the New Investigator LOI instructions. Incomplete LOIs cannot be considered.  All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the website www.afar.org/grants/.  The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee.  Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2014, and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 17, 2014.

All LOI candidates who are invited to submit applications must have it endorsed by their institution. Final awards are announced by early June. The award start date is July 1, 2014. AFAR will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.

Reporting Requirements

Investigators will be required to submit a brief narrative report on the progress of their research five months after the start date of the award. Final narrative and financial reports are required within three months following the end date of the award.

Annual Meeting

The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients, mentors and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress of the grantees and their findings. The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaborations, and enhances the development of leadership. In addition, grant recipients of the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's are expected to attend a special session at the grantee conference.

American Federation for Aging Research Research Grants for Junior Faculty

American Federation for Aging Research Research Grants for Junior Faculty

AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more. Since 1981, over 680 AFAR Research Grants have been awarded.

The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

Examples of potentially fundable areas of research include, but are not limited to:

Aging and immune function

Stem Cell Aging

Inflammation

Genetic Control of longevity

Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging*

Mechanisms of dementia*

Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models

Cardiovascular aging

Aging and cellular stress response

Metabolic and endocrine changes

Age-related changes in cell proliferation

Caloric restriction and aging

DNA repair and control of gene expression

Biology of the menopause

Aging and apoptosis

Biodemographic analysis of aging

Comparative gerontology

Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging

*Applicants proposing a project in Alzheimer's Disease or healthy brain aging research should apply for the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease. Applicants proposing other dementia-related research should apply for the AFAR Research grant.

It is anticipated that approximately 10 grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded in 2014. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Up to 8% of funds may be budgeted for overhead or indirect costs (not to exceed $7,407). Funding will begin July 1, 2014.

Eligibility

The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2014. Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at grants@afar.org.

The AFAR Research Grant Program does not provide support for:

Postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of a senior investigator

Investigators who have already received major extramural funding for research (such as an R01 or NSF equivalent grant)

Senior faculty, i.e. at the rank of Associate Professor level or higher

Former AFAR Research Grant recipients

NIH Intramural program employees

Applicants for the 2014 Glenn/AFAR Breakthrough in Gerontology (BIG) award

Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States

Application Guidelines

Four criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:

Qualifications of the applicant;

Quality of the proposed research;

Excellence of the research environment;

Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in aging research.

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all Letters of Intent is December 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the AFAR  LOI instructions. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.  All applications and supporting materials must be submitted through the website www.afar.org/grants/.  The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee.  Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2014, and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application by March 17, 2014 .

All LOI candidates who are invited to submit applications must have it endorsed by their institution. Final awards are announced by early June. The award start date is July 1, 2014. AFAR will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.

Reporting Requirements

Investigators will be required to submit a brief narrative report on the progress of their research five months after the start date of the award. Final narrative and financial reports are required within three months following the end date of the award.

Annual Meeting

The award recipients are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference which convenes AFAR grant recipients, mentors and leaders in the field to review and disseminate the research progress of the grantees and their findings. The meeting encourages networking, facilitates collaborations, and enhances the development of leadership.

UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Student Travel Grant

UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Student Travel Grant

The American Society of Echocardiography Education and Research Foundation (ASEF) is pleased to announce the availability of a travel grant for a sonography student enrolled in an accredited CAAHEP cardiovascular ultrasound program.  The travel grant program is designed to provide partial financial support to a sonography student who would otherwise be unable to attend the ASE 25th Annual Scientific Sessions in Portland, Oregon, June 21-24, 2014, or any other 2014 educational courses directly sponsored by ASE.  A complimentary registration fee is included with the travel grant award, along with a one year student membership in the American Society of Echocardiography. 

This travel grant is based on financial need. ASEF thanks UltraEcho, Ltd. for sponsoring this annual student travel grant.

Award Amount  $1,000.00

Application Receipt Deadline:  November 30, 2013

Award Announcement:  February 2014

Award Payment Date:  February 2014

To Apply:

Complete the on-line UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant form.

Criteria for Award:

Students must be actively enrolled in  cardiovascular ultrasound programs accredited by the commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or in equivalent Canadian or international cardiovascular ultrasound programs* at the time of the grant selection.  Students graduating in the Spring/Summer of 2014 are eligible to apply.

 International candidates will need to submit information describing equivalency of program to CAAHEP standards and/or course work that follows the National Education Curriculum (NEC).

This travel grant is based on financial need.  While any sonography student actively enrolled in a CAAHEP cardiovascular program may apply for this travel support, the selection process will give preference to students without sufficient travel funding and who would not otherwise be able to attend an educational course directly sponsored by ASE.  If selected to receive an ASEF student travel grant, the student will be requested to provide a written testimonial and personal photo for use in promotional materials and/or on ASEF’s website.

Students who are nominated for an Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award may also apply for the UltraEcho, Ltd. Cardiovascular Student Travel Grant and the Feigenbaum Student Travel grant; however, a student will only be selected for one award.

American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship

American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship

The Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Cardiovascular Section ($1,000 plus complimentary registration to the 2015 EB meeting) is in honor of one of the most distinguished members of the Cardiovascular Section, Robert M. Berne, whose research focused on the local chemical regulation of tissue blood flow, with an emphasis on understanding the role of adenosine and how it elicits vasodilation. This award is presented to a emerging leader in cardiovascular research whose current research is particularly stimulating, such that the presentation of this work would contribute to interest in, and growth of, the Cardiovascular Section. The applicant need not be a current member or fellow of the CV Section but should be in a peak career stage of research innovation and productivity.

Required Documents include: 1) NIH-style biosketch with 15 most representative publications; 2) two letters of nomination.

Eligible individuals should submit their application electronically through the APS website by February 2, 2014 to be considered for the 2015 award.

 

American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Carl J. Wiggers Award

American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Carl J. Wiggers Award

The Carl J. Wiggers Award ($1,000 honorarium, a featured topic selected by the awardee plus complimentary registration to the EB Meeting at which the featured topic is scheduled) is in honor of the Cardiovascular Section's founder, Carl J. Wiggers, whose research defined fundamental pressure-flow relationships in the cardiovascular system. In addition to publishing definitive texts in circulatory physiology, Dr. Wiggers founded Circulation Research and trained numerous future department heads as well as several presidents of the APS. The award is presented to a scientist who is a fellow of the Cardiovascular Section of the APS, who has made outstanding contributions to cardiovascular research throughout their career, has been an active and committed member of the section, and who will attract outstanding new members to the Cardiovascular Section from the United States and abroad.

The nomination package should include: 1) NIH-style biosketch with 15 most representative publications and 2) two letters of nomination.

All application materials must be submitted by February 2, 2014 to be considered for the 2015 award.

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