Wallace K. Dyer Clinical Investigation Award

Purpose of Award
The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has established a Wallace K. Dyer Clinical Investigation Award intended to provide funding to AAFPRS members who don’t normally participate in research projects but demonstrate an interest in furthering the profession. These grants are meant to foster career development and provide mentorship to members. The purpose of these awards is to encourage young surgeons to pursue valid ideas by providing grants to offset expenses. It is the intent of the Foundation and the Academy to expand clinical and basic science research to provide high quality evidence to identify best practice.

Available Awards
Each Award will be for $2,500. More than one Award per year may be present based on the approved annual budget for the Research Center. The Academy reserves the right to withhold up to ten per cent (10%) of the grant until such time that the research project is completed, and all requirements have been met.

Each year the Board of Directors and/or the AAFPRS Research Committee may identify research areas of strategic importance to the Academy and the specialty. Submissions in these identified areas may receive additional consideration in the final evaluation process. Please contact the Academy for additional information.

An applicant must be an AAFPRS member and must demonstrate an interest in furthering the profession through research. Fellows and Residents are not eligible to apply. An applicant may apply and be considered for this award every other year.

Application for Award
Applicants must complete the Wallace K. Dyer Clinical Investigation Award Application . In addition, the individual must submit supporting documentation, including their Curriculum Vitae and two Letters of Support along with the application.

Applicants must disclose any other Awards or grants that have been received or that they are applying to fund research projects.

Deadlines for Submission
Awards will be announced twice a year at the AAFPRS scheduled meetings. Deadline for the spring meeting (COSM or equivalent meeting) is January 1. Deadline for the AAFPRS Fall meeting is July 1. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by one of the above dates for consideration and presentation at the appropriate AAFPRS meeting. Applicants will be informed of decisions no later than four weeks prior to the appropriate AAFPRS meeting. Awardees will be officially announced each year at the appropriate AAFPRS meeting.

Review of Applications
Members of the Research Center Committee will review all applications. The Research Center Committee may request assistance from additional AAFPRS members if the number of applicants warrants additional review support.

Requirements for Grant Recipients
  1.  Members that receive an Award are required to sign a Letter of Agreement upon receiving the grant. 
  2.  Within one year of receiving the award, members are expected to write a paper that is suitable for publishing in Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine (formerly JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery) or on the Research Center web site. 
  3.  Members may be asked to participate on the AAFPRS Research Committee or to discuss process and results and an AAFPRS meeting.

If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Karen Sloat at ksloat@aafprs.org.