The 2013 American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society
Research Grants Program

Objective

To assist promising junior investigators in carrying out research projects in the area of neurogastroenterology and motility. Applications related to the broad range of topics relevant to this field are welcome by the ANMS.  These grants are intended to support work that will generate preliminary data that will lead to extramurally-funded research grants and to promote career development in the area of neurogastroenterology and motility.

Description

The ANMS Research Grants will provide support for junior faculty, postdoctoral research fellows, and senior GI fellows pursuing extramurally funded research careers in the area of neurogastroenterology and GI motility. Two grants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded in 2013 for qualified applicants. It is anticipated that one award will be made to a basic science/translational investigator and that one award will be made to a clinical/translational investigator. Grant applications should be used to make the applicant competitive for subsequent extramural research funding, such as NIH K01, K08, K23, K24, R21, and R01 grants and career development awards from major societies and foundations.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a primary appointment at an academic institution. Applicants must also be a member or trainee member of the ANMS at the time of application and also the mentor an ANMS member. Information on becoming a member of the ANMS can be found at: www.motilitysociety.org

The award is intended for individuals in early stages of their career at the level of postdoctoral research fellow and/or senior GI fellows who are pursuing a research career, and junior faculty (position of Instructor or Assistant Professor). Applicants should have received their MD or PhD degree ≤ 10 years prior to the application deadline. If the applicant is a senior fellow or a post doctoral fellow at the time of application, he/she must have a committed faculty position at an academic institution for the next year. Successful candidates must exhibit evidence of a career trajectory leading towards the development of an independent research program. They are expected to devote at least 40% of their effort to research, and at least 20% effort must be committed to this grant proposal. A letter of support from the candidate’s Section Head or Department Chairperson must verify that the applicant will have at least 40% protected time for research if the application is successful. Each applicant must have a research mentor who will help oversee the research and guide the applicant’s research career development. A letter from the applicant’s mentor is required outlining his/her role and the environment he/she will provide.

Awards and Requirements

Awards will consist of up to a total of $30,000 to support the proposed research. The funds can be used in one or two years. If the applicant chooses to spread the $30,000 award over 2 years, a progress report must be submitted at the end of the first year. The report must document adequate progress in order to justify continuation of the award for the second year. Funds may be used for supplies, equipment, and/or towards salary for support personnel. Salary support for the Principal Investigator is not allowed. Overhead costs and/or indirect costs are not allowed. Awardees are required to provide a written progress report on completion of the research project and show how this grant helped their career. It is also required that any publications resulting from this funding, or from protection of time for publications (even though not specifically related to the subject of the award) should acknowledge the ANMS support through a research grant award. Any unspent funds need to be returned to ANMS.

Institutional and Sectional Commitment

There must be a commitment from the applicant’s Section Head or Department Chairperson to provide the applicant at least 40% time for research and adequate access to needed resources. These commitments must be clearly outlined in the letter from the applicant’s Section Head or Department Chairperson. In addition, the candidate must have a letter of support from their mentor, who will guide and nurture their research experience.

Selection Criteria

The ANMS Research Committee will review the applications. Three criteria that will used to assess the merits of the proposals: 1) originality, importance, and feasibility of the proposed research; 2) qualifications and career trajectory of the applicant and plans for development of independent research program; and 3) the mentor’s plan and time available to direct the applicant as well as the overall research environment.

One of the goals of the ANMS research grants is to help awardees develop preliminary data for subsequent applications to Federal Bodies and Foundations; therefore, applicants should be aware that hypothesis-based or mechanistic research is advantageous.

Deadline

The application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on November 11, 2013. Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by January 24, 2014 and the award period will begin February 2014.

Additional Information

Questions about the grants program and potential applications topics should be directed to the Chair of the Research Committee (Gary Mawe, Gary.Mawe@uvm.edu).

All research must be conducted under institutional and federal regulations including appropriate IRB approval for all clinical research studies and IACUC approval for animal studies. The necessary approvals should be applied for well in advance of the starting date of the award. Awards will not be made until successful regulatory approval is obtained.

Application Instructions Applications must be submitted electronically via the ANMS website. The application should be assembled in the order listed below. Use Arial 11 point font, single space. The award application will comprise of the following nine sections.

1. Title Page.

Fill out the form provided on-line.

2. Abstract.

Limit to 350 words and to one page. Use the abstract to summarize the proposed research plan, career development, and the anticipated benefits of the award to the candidate's career goals.

3. Research Plan.

This section should follow the NIH guidelines and be divided into sections of: a) Specific Aims; b) Background/significance; c) Preliminary data; d) Research Project; e) References. The proposed research should be clearly outlined. Clearly state the research hypotheses to be addressed, the immediate objectives of the research, and the ultimate goals. Give details of the research plan, including the methods to be used, the kinds of data that are to be collected, and how the data will be analyzed. For clinical studies involving patients, provide inclusion/exclusion criteria and power/sample size estimates. Anticipated experimental problems and alternative approaches should be discussed. There is a 5 page limit to sections a, b, c, d using Arial font 11 point single space. There is a 2 page limit to the references.

4. Budget.

Begin on a separate page, indicate how the funds of this award will be allocated and justify each budget item. Funds can be used for supplies, equipment, and/or salary support for other personnel needed for the research. Funds cannot be used for salary support for the Principal Investigator, as this is assumed to be covered by the applicant's institution. The maximum total that can be requested is $30,000 for one year of research support.

5. Curriculum Vitae.

Provide a CV for the applicant and research mentor. Use NIH format and adhere to the NIH four page limit for each CV. The CVs should include research support; listing the title of project, objective of the project, funding agency and duration of award.

6. Candidate's Statement.

This should describe the anticipated benefits of this Research Award to the candidate's research career development and career goals. It should describe how the proposed research, course work, and/or additional scientific training will help the candidate achieve his/her overall research career goals. Mention should be made of other extramural grants the applicant is currently applying for to support similar or different areas of research. Mention should also be made of what extramural grants the applicant intends to apply for with the use of data obtained from their ANMS Research Grant. Limit to 2 pages.

7. Letter from Applicant's Section Head or Department Chairperson.

This letter should indicate strong commitment from the Section Head or Department Chairperson to support the candidate by providing time for the proposed research and adequate research facilities. The letter must certify that the award will provide at least 40% protected time to the recipient. The letter should summarize the applicant's attributes and assess the impact of this award on the applicant's career development. Limit to 2 pages.

8. Letter from Research Mentor.

The research mentor will help guide and nurture the applicant in his/her research and assist in their research career development. This letter should provide an overview of the applicant's research project and the plans for the career development of the candidate. It should also state that the mentor will devote the necessary time and effort to training and supervising the candidate. Mention should be made of the frequency of meetings with the award recipient, techniques the candidate will learn, the candidate's use of the mentor's laboratory equipment, the possible use of research personnel and the overall research environment. Limit to 2 pages.

9. Appendix.

This section, if used, may include up to 3 items of additional material to help supplement the review of the grant. This may include manuscripts and abstracts and questionnaires or data instruments to use if the proposal is for clinical studies. Critical material for understanding and reviewing the grant must be included in the 5 page research proposal.

Any table or figure pertinent to the grant application must fit within the grant itself, rather than being included in the appendix.

Due date: November 11, 2013 11:59 pm EST