Clinical Research Center

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Research Scholar Award

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has established a Research Scholar Award intended to provide financial support to AAFPRS members who are planning to conduct research that will make a significant contribution to the profession of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. 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.

Purpose

The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage original work of an AAFPRS member undertaking research that will advance facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The grant is supported by funds from The Many Faces of Generosity capital campaign, and may be used as seed money for larger research projects.

Eligibility

Candidates for this grant must reside in the U.S. or Canada and be a physician (MD) who is an AAFPRS member in good standing. Fellows and Residents are not eligible to apply. Candidates who have applied for support of the same research from other funding sources, and who are notified of an award from both another agency and from the AAFPRS Foundation must demonstrate that the funding will be complementary, without budgetary overlap. Applications submitted by ineligible PIs will NOT be reviewed by the CORE Study Section.

Conditions

Research supported by this grant should be specifically directed toward the advancement of the state of knowledge in the theory, techniques, and application of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. While not specifically required, proposals, which aim to introduce new knowledge and methodology from other disciplines to research in facial plastic and/or reconstructive surgery, or which demonstrate collaborative effort with members of other related disciplines are encouraged. Projects must be designed so as to yield useful information within the period of award, but priority will be given to projects that are also innovative with promise to develop into new long-range or expanded research programs capable of attracting funding from other sources.

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.

A letter of support from the Chair of the candidate’s academic department or, if in private practice a senior Academy member must accompany the grant application. This letter is to indicate a general level of support of the applicant, and to demonstrate the fact that the Department will make time, space, and other resources accessible for completion of the project. Applicants must obtain letters of support/understanding from all key personnel on the project.

Terms

  1. Amount: Each award will be for $30,000 per year. More than one grant per year may be awarded based on the approved annual budget for the Research Center. In addition, an individual may receive the grant for a second and third year after submission of a progress report and subsequent approval by the Research Center Committee.
  1. Period: Projects must be completed within three years of the award date; no-cost extensions are available upon written request.
  1. Use of Funds: A detailed budget and budget justification constitute part of the application and will be evaluated as part of the review process. Allowable expenses include salary support for the Principal Investigator, research assistants or other technical personnel; computer software or hardware; purchase and maintenance of experimental animals; laboratory supplies and services; domestic travel directly related to the project; and expenses related to publication of results directly related to the supported project, exclusive of reprint costs. Equipment and supplies purchased with this grant become the property of the recipient institution, or if in private practice the principal investigator.

    The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a not-for-profit organization under tax code 501(c) (3). As such, all research grant monies are provided to fund direct costs related to the research proposed in the application. If university policy stipulates that a portion of this grant must go toward institutional indirect costs, no more than ten percent (10%) of the direct costs may be applied for indirect costs. In no case may the total grant exceed $30,000.

    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, as outlined in the Reporting Requirements section.

  1. Review: Applications will be reviewed by members of the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) Study Section, composed of AAFPRS members designated for the Study Section, designates of other CORE member societies, members of the AAO-HNSF CORE Study Section Subcommittee, and the AAFPRS Foundation Research Committee. Recommendations for funding of the Research Scholar Award must be approved by the AAFPRS Foundation.
  1. Notification: The AAFPRS Foundation office will send letters of notification by July 1 of the award year. Please do not call the AAO-HNSF or AAFPRS office prior to that time to inquire about results.
  1. Start Date: The recipients of the AAFPRS Foundation Research Scholar Awards will be announced by the AAFPRS. The earliest start date for the grant is July 1.

Format

Applications are in a similar format to the National Institutes of Health. All applications must be completed and submitted online through proposalCENTRAL™ at https://proposalcentral.altum.com. Visit http://www.entnet.org/CORE for information on the application process.

Signatures

The Principal Investigator, Department Chairman, and Institution official are required to sign the original grant application (all signatures must appear on copies). This is deferred for private practitioners. The AAFPRS Foundation Research Scholar Award is legally awarded to the institution with which the Principal Investigator is affiliated, not to the investigator or his/her Division or Department. For this reason, it is very important that applicants comply with their home institution’s policies on pre-submission processing of grant applications. This can take time, so it is wise to plan ahead, allowing adequate time for processing and approvals. Applicants are advised to consult their institution’s offices of research administration or sponsored projects for information on processing requirements for an application prior to its submission.

Approvals

If the proposed research involves human subjects or vertebrate animals at any time, the project must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). This approval should be obtained prior to submission and submitted with the application.  If such approval is unavoidably delayed, enter “pending” instead of the approval date. Grant applications that are not supported by evidence of the appropriate IRB or IACUC approvals will not receive funding until such approval letters are submitted.  Any changes in the proposed work required by an IRB or IACUC to secure approval must be submitted to the AAFPRS Foundation with the follow-up certification, prior to review or after the work is in progress.

LETTER OF INTENT

All applicants must submit a Letter of Intent online no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time December 15, 2017. The letter of intent includes the title of the project, the principal investigator, and an abstract of the work. This will facilitate planning review requirements. See the proposalCENTRAL™ website (https://proposalcentral.altum.com) to begin the letter of intent process.

Receipt Date

Allow yourself enough time to have the appropriate individuals review your application. Once your application is complete, print your cover page and have all of the necessary individuals sign.  Keep in mind that it may take a few days to obtain all of the necessary signatures.  The CORE grants program is paperless, so no hard copies of the signature page are to be mailed.  Once all signatures have been obtained, you should scan the document and upload the .pdf to the system and retain the original for your files if needed.  Once the signature page has been uploaded, run the checks within the system and click ‘SUBMIT.’  You will receive a confirmation email indicating that your proposal has officially been submitted.

Follow-Up

In carrying out its stewardship of the research programs, the AAFPRS Foundation may request information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this program. Accordingly, the recipient is hereby notified that she/he may be contacted after the completion of the grant for periodic updates on various aspects of employment history, publications, support from research grants or contracts, honors and awards, professional activities, and other information helpful in evaluating the impact of the program.

Reporting Requirement

Recipients of the AAFPRS Research Scholar Award are required to complete and upload an interim report every year until the completion of the project. Within six months of completion of the project the recipient is required to submit a final report suitable for publication in the JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, and a financial status report within ninety (90) days after the close of the grant period (financial report form provided by the AAFPRS Foundation), and an abstract to present at the next appropriate fall meeting.

Contact

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

ALL materials must be submitted online by midnight, Eastern Standard Time, January 16, 2018.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Clinical Research Scholarship

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has established a Clinical Research Scholarship intended to provide financial support to AAFPRS members to pursue academic training in the principles of clinical research design, data management, statistical analysis, and manuscript and grant preparation. 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 Scholarships

Each scholarship will be for $15,000. More than one scholarship per year may be awarded based on the approved annual budget for the Research Center. In addition, an individual may receive the scholarship for two years in a row if they are enrolled in a two-year degree program.

Eligibility

An applicant must be an AAFPRS member and must be pursuing training in the principles of clinical research. Fellows and Residents are not eligible to apply. The applicant must have a Letter of Acceptance from their Institution of choice before funds will be disbursed. If an applicant has already been accepted, they may apply for reimbursement of expenses up to the maximum of the scholarship. Funds cannot be applied retroactively.

To receive the funding for a second year degree program, the recipient must demonstrate satisfactory progress during the first year of the course. The individual must submit a Progress Report including comments as to why they want to continue to the Research Center Committee for review and consideration.

Application for Scholarship

Applicants must complete the application for Clinical Research Scholarship. In addition, the individual must submit supporting documentation, including their Curriculum Vitae and two Letters of Support along with the application. If the applicant is an academician, one of the Letters of Support must be from the Department Chair.

Applicants must disclose any other scholarships or grants that have been received or that they are applying to fund similar education or to fund research.

Deadlines for Submission

All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by January 15 or the first business day thereafter of each calendar year. Recipients will be notified by July 1 to be awarded in the next Academic year. Awardees will be officially announced each year at the AAFPRS Annual 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

Members that receive a scholarship are required to sign a Letter of Agreement upon receiving the award. Within one year of completion of the course, awardees are expected to write a paper that is suitable for publishing in JAMA or on the Research Center web site. Recipients will be asked to participate in training other AAFPRS members in the methodologies needed to conduct clinical and translational research in a multi-disciplinary research environment. Recipients may be invited to serve on the AAFPRS Foundation Research Committee and/or to review applications received from future candidates.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – 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.

Eligibility

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 application for the Wallace K. Dyer Clinical Investigation Award. 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 June 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

Members that receive an Award are required to sign a Letter of Agreement upon receiving the grant. Within one year of receiving the award, members are expected to write a paper that is suitable for publishing in JAMA or on the Research Center web site. Members may be asked to participate on the AAFPRS Research Committee or to discuss process and results and an AAFPRS meeting.