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2024 Research Seed Funding Grant

$25,000 grants will be awarded to provide funds to develop exciting investigator-initiated concepts, which will hopefully lead to successful longer term project funding from the NIH or equivalent funding sources. Funding for grant recipients will begin on August 31st of the award year. Research results will be submitted for presentation at future AAPM meetings. The award is not intended to provide salary support for the applicant, however any other research-related expenses, including travel to scientific meetings, will be supported. Funds may be used to partially support salary for students, trainees, lab technicians, etc. to carry out the research. Travel expenses should be included in the submitted budget. At the end of the 12-month period a report must be forwarded to the AAPM, along with itemized expenses. The award will not support indirect costs. Any unspent funds should be returned to AAPM.

Sponsored by the AAPM Science Council through the AAPM Education & Research Fund.
A list of Award Recipients can be found here.

Eligibility:

  • 10 years or less since receipt of a terminal research degree or medical physics residency, whichever is later. (Excludes those who have reached Associate Professor level; includes Postdoctoral Fellows with mentors and Research Scientists with mentors.)
  • Eligibility extension is possible and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, following similar NIH guidelines.
  • Must be a member of AAPM at the time of application (any membership category). Pending membership status not eligible.
  • No previous grants >$50,000 as principal investigator (including institutional startup funding, industrial awards, other external grants).
  • Previously funded projects are ineligible.
  • Prior Research Seed Funding Grant recipients are ineligible.

Application Requirements:

By March 18: Complete online application to include three key words and upload a letter of intent of your proposed topic. The letter of intent should include: a) title; b) mentor and role in the project; c) a short project description; and d) any COI institutions.

By April 17: Five page description of research project (including figures and tables), separated as follows:

(a) specific aims

(b) background and significance

(c) preliminary results

(d) research plan

(e) literature cited

(f) budget

(g) Letter of support from division/department chair demonstrating support for the project and authorization of time and resources to complete the proposed research.

(h) CV (no more than 4 pages).

Note that sections (e), (f), (g) and (h) do not count towards the five-page limit. Combine all files into ONE PDF and upload.
As the competition for the seed grant is high, eligible applicants are encouraged to also submit their applications for other awards, e.g. www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding/training/.

Review Criteria

Peer review will be conducted by members of the Joint Working Group on Research Seed Funding. The scientific merit of the proposal will be judged based on significance, qualifications of investigator, innovation, soundness of approach, research environment, and potential for future funding.

Award Duration: August 31, 2024 - August 31, 2025

Application Deadline(s):

March 18: Complete online application to include three key words and upload a letter of intent of your proposed topic. The letter of intent should include: a) title; b) mentor and role in the project; and c) a short project description.

April 17, 2024: Application submission completed in full  | If you are not yet an AAPM member, consider applying now to be eligible for the grant.
Recipients notified by: May 30, 2024

Program Contact: Karen MacFarland

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