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2019 International Research Grant Program

Learn more information from our complete International Research Grant Program Announcement January 2019 Program (September 2018 – February 2019).

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Competition objectives
The Alzheimer's Association® recognizes the need to support the training of clinician scientists in Alzheimer's and related dementias. For the purpose of this program, a clinician scientist is defined as an individual already trained, licensed and practicing in a clinical field that includes patient contact (e.g., neurology, psychiatry, geriatrics, psychology) or patient-related diagnostic studies (e.g., neuropathology and radiology). Applicants who hold an M.D. or D.O. degree or applicants with a Ph.D. who have licensure for clinical practice are eligible.

Please note: Individuals applying to the program will be accepted from individuals with full time positions at their respective institution who are within 10 years of receiving their M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. (or equivalent) , including postdoctoral fellows through Assistant Professors. Positions higher than Assistant Professor will not be considered.

The areas of research that the clinician scientist proposes for funding are not limited to patient-oriented, human subject research, but may also include translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurological disease. These translational areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research. Disease related basic science studies not directly involving humans or human tissue are also encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.

 

Funding and award period

Each Alzheimer’s Association Clinician Scientist Fellowship is limited to $175,000. A total of $155,000 will be awarded for costs related to the proposed research for up to three years (minimum 2 years) for direct and indirect costs. Requests in any given year may not exceed $60,000 (direct and indirect costs). Indirect costs are capped at 10 percent (rent for laboratory/office space is expected to be covered by indirect costs paid to the institution). The Principal Investigator must commit up to an average of 2 protected days per week (40%) effort toward their research efforts during each funding year.
 
Please note: Applicant’s additional funding will be considered, please include all funding applicant has received.
 
The remaining funds, $10,000 to the applicant and $10,000 to the primary mentor, will be awarded upon successful completion of the three year (minimum 2 years) program. These additional funds are to be applied to sustaining ongoing research in the Alzheimer’s field and will be awarded through the applicant’s and mentor’s institutions. Successful completion of the program includes, but is not limited to, reaching all of the demonstrable benchmarks listed.
 
Please note: A total of $5,000 over a three year period not to exceed $2,500 per year (if you request the full $2,500 for 2 years and are requesting a 3 year award you will not be able to request travel funds for one of those years) must be allocated to support registration and travel to the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), a condition of the award.

Eligibility

Applicant must be a clinician who is interested in an academic career in research and has completed residency for an M.D. or D.O. (i.e. any degree that allows the applicant to achieve licensure to practice medicine) or a post-doctoral fellowship (Ph.D.) in a clinical practice field or both within the past five years.

Please note: Individuals applying to the program will be accepted from individuals with full time positions at their respective institution who are within 10 years of receiving their M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. (or equivalent) , including postdoctoral fellows through Assistant Professors. Positions higher than Assistant Professor will not be considered.

Individuals who are early in their clinician scientist careers will be given priority. Proposals are strongly encouraged from individuals training in specialties of behavioral neurology and neuropathology, geriatrics with focus on dementia/cognitive disorders, geriatric psychiatry with focus on dementia/cognitive disorders or neuropsychology with focus on dementia/cognitive disorders.
 
The applicant must be at a recognized academic institution. The Alzheimer’s Association® reserves the right to request additional information to confirm that the institution meets not-for-profit requirements of the Association. For questions as to whether an applicant or organization is eligible, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at grantsapp@alz.org prior to submitting an LOI, no exceptions will be made after the LOI deadline has passed. 

Ineligibility

Although it is unlikely individuals will have current Alzheimer's Association awards, applications from currently funded investigators (including the mentor) who are delinquent in submitting required reports and other deliverables on active grants are ineligible. Investigators (or mentors) that have previous Alzheimer’s Association awards closed as “Incomplete‟ are not eligible to apply. This policy will be strictly adhered to with no exceptions.

Deadlines and award dates

Letters of Intent must be received by 5 p.m. EST, October 2, 2018. Letters of Intent will not be accepted after this date. No exceptions will be made.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, November 19, 2018.

Scientific and technical review will be conducted from November 2018 – January 2019.  The second-level review by the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council will be conducted during January 2019. Funding will be awarded by February 15, 2019.

Create and submit your LOI online at https://proposalcentral.altum.com/.

Applications will be reviewed with special attention to:

  • Applicant’s ability and promise as a clinician scientist based on prior record of achievement and career plan, letters of reference, and curriculum vitae (30 percent)
  • Quality and nature of the training to be provided and the institutional, departmental, and mentor-specific training environment, this includes available resources to support the applicant in their training (30 percent)
  • Quality and originality of the research plan (40 percent)

Mechanism of award, reporting requirements and allowable costs

The mechanism of the award is an individual research grant; this award is made to the individual and managed by their institution. Significant emphasis will be on the mentor and letters of reference provided in the application. The mentor is expected to contribute a statement regarding commitment to the applicant. The maximum allowable duration is three years (minimum 2 years). Annual scientific progress and financial reports are required from both the applicant and the mentor throughout the award period. Continuation of the grant over the awarded duration is contingent upon the timely receipt of scientific progress and financial reports as well as a mentor’s report outlining progress toward meeting required benchmarks. 
 

Application

The mentor should be experienced in conducting Alzheimer’s and related dementia research and in mentoring junior investigators. The application must include a 2-3 page statement from the selected mentor that includes information on his/her research qualifications and experience as a research supervisor, commitment to the applicant. This statement will be a significant part of the application review. The application must also include information to describe the mentor's research support relevant to the applicant’s research plan and the nature and extent of supervision and training that he/she will provide during the period of the award. The primary mentor must agree to provide annual evaluations of the applicant’s progress for the duration of the award, as required for the yearly progress report. Only one primary mentor can be included. Additional team members who might function as mentors can be listed as key personnel. 

The full grant application for the AARF, AARF-D, AACSF and AACSF-D programs consists of the following: (Templates and instructions are located under WorkPlan and Other Attachments)
 
  1. Statement of Mentorship – 2-3 pages
Written by mentor to outline plan for the individual’s training.
 
  • The mentor should be experienced in conducting Alzheimer’s and related dementia research and in mentoring junior investigators.
  • The mentor should include information on his/her research qualifications and experience as a research supervisor, commitment to the applicant (this statement will be a significant part of the application review).  
  1. Statement of Commitment – 2 pages
Written by applicant to highlight their interest in Alzheimer’s and related dementia research.
 
  • Information to describe the mentor’s research support relevant to the applicant’s research plan and the nature and extent of supervision and training that he/she will provide during the period of the award.
  • The primary mentor must agree to provide annual evaluations of the applicant’s progress for the duration of the award, as required for the yearly progress report.  
  1. Area of Research – 3 pages
Written by mentor and applicant; summary of the specific area of research and project that applicant is pursuing.
 
  • The experimental design and methods, technical procedures, instruments, characteristics of human subjects and animal populations, recruitment and retention plans, model systems, data management, quality control and analytic procedures are to be discussed as appropriate to the proposed investigation. Preliminary data/results that support the hypotheses or research strategies chosen should be discussed in this section.
  • A brief justification of the experimental design selected should be included, in addition to the alternative strategies considered during the development of the project plans. Brief justifications or arguments supporting the choices of instruments, methods or models chosen will be helpful to reviewers. Outline the plans for data management, quality control and analysis.
  • Mention alternative strategies where appropriate. If relevant to the project and nature of the research work, discuss plans for sharing data, samples or resources with other investigators. Describe any significant collaborations that are beyond the budget of this proposal and have not been previously described. All references, figures and photographs must be included in the three pages allowed for this section. Use the reference style that is most common in the major journal(s) discipline, specialty or sub-specialty.  
  1. Available Resources & Budget Justification – 2 pages
Provide information about the resources that:
  • Are available and necessary to support the proposed project and can be accessed for the duration of the project without additional funds.
  • Budget and expenses must be reported in U.S. dollars.
List and describe facilities and space, equipment, animals and/or human subject or clinical populations, and any other relevant physical or human resources. Identify all new resources that the proposed project will require. Include a brief justification and rationale for the individual line items in the proposed online budget that you are requesting funding. A total of $5,000 over a two-three year period not to exceed $2,500 per year (if you request the full $2,500 for 2 years and are requesting a 3 year award you will not be able to request travel funds for one of those years) must be allocated to support registration and travel to the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), a condition of the award.
 
  1. Biosketch – 4 pages each
A biosketch should be included for both the applicant and mentor.
 
  1. Letters of Reference
Limited to 3 letters and no more than 3 pages each. A letter of reference from the mentor is not necessary as they are submitting a statement of mentorship.

  7. Provide a W9 signed and dated by the Signing Official for US entities. For non-US entities proved a W8 signed and dated by the Signing Official.

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Budget

A “budget summary” for the proposed research project is required and must be submitted with the application and within the allowable two-page limit. However, if the application is to be awarded, a more detailed budget will be required and must be approved before the disbursement of funds. Your budget must not exceed the maximum amount of the award, $155,000 ($150K for direct research and $5K for travel) and may not exceed $60,000 (direct and indirect costs) in a given year. A total of $5,000 over a three year period not to exceed $2,500 per year (if you request the full $2,500 for 2 years and are requesting a 3 year award you will not be able to request travel funds for one of those years) must be allocated to support registration and travel to the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), a condition of the award. Indirect costs are capped at no more than ten percent (10%). The remaining funds, $10,000 to the applicant and $10,000 to the primary mentor, will be awarded upon successful completion of the three year (minimum 2 years) program and should not be included in your budget. 
 

Allowable costs under this award

It is required that most of the funds awarded under this program be used for direct research support.

Other allowable costs include:
 
  • Purchase and care of laboratory animals
  • Small pieces of laboratory equipment and laboratory supplies (purchases over $10,000 require prior approval)
  • Computer software if used strictly for data collection (requires prior approval)
  • Salary for the principal investigator, scientific (including postdoctoral fellows) and technical staff (including laboratory technicians and administrative support directly related to the funded grant)
  • Travel (up to $5,000 max over 2-3 year award to travel to the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), a condition of the award)
Direct costs not allowed under this award include:
 
  • Computer hardware or standard software (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • Construction or renovation costs
  • Rent for laboratory/office space
  • Salary and/or compensation for Alzheimer’s Association staff or members of the Alzheimer‟s Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MSAC)

For more information: Contact grantsapp@alz.org or call 1-312-335-5747 or 1-312-335-5862.

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