Young Investigator & Resident Investigator Award Application Instructions

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General Application Process


APA Membership

Prior to submitting an application, please ensure that both you and your chosen primary mentor are members of the APA.

Initial Submission

Initial Submissions must be received by October 6, 2017, by 11:59 PM ET. Applications must include the following items*. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

  • Cover Page: indicate project title; PI name and contact information; funding path, name and email for primary mentor, division director, and department chair; and participation statement.
    • If applying for RIA: Please include a name and email of residency program director, as well.
  • Letter of Intent (LOI): no more than two, single-spaced pages, using font and size Arial 11, with 1” margins. Please include the following:
    • Description of project proposal: this section must provide a brief overview of the project, including project aims, background, significance (including relevance to APA mission, and how the findings will address a gap in the literature), methods, and timeline.
    • Budget and Budget Justification: this should NOT include overhead (indirect costs), salary for the PI or mentors, or equipment for long term use (e.g. computers). A maximum of $1,500 is allowable for travel to the annual PAS meeting.
      • If applying for ROR YIA: Please provide a budget of up to $15,000 for 1 year. The budget may include a maximum of $1,000 towards a computer, if justification supports project-related needs. Note that up to $5,000 of this award can be used for faculty development (e.g. relevant coursework). In addition, awardees may receive an additional $1,000 as an honorarium for the primary mentor (this amount should NOT be included in the proposal budget).
      • If applying for RIA: Travel to PAS is not required, therefore, please exclude any allowance in the submitted budget.
  • References: may be single-spaced.
  • Biographical sketch: Please use the standard NIH biosketch form and do not exceed five pages. Instructions for completing the biosketch form can be found here. The NIH biosketch now includes a Personal Statement. As part of this statement, please describe how the proposal relates to and will help to facilitate the investigator’s career path for this purpose as it relates to the proposed research agenda. Please include a biosketch for both the applicant and primary mentor.
  • Letter of support from the primary mentor: This letter should describe the mentor’s research experience and skills in relation to the proposal, as well as the responsibilities of the mentor in supervising the investigator for this proposal. Please include a plan for communication with the mentee and the institutional support for the proposed research (e.g. in kind resources, infrastructure to support the young investigator and proposed research project, expenses not covered by the YI award). A typed signature is acceptable if an electronic signature is not available.
    • If applying for RIA: The residency program director must also submit a letter of support.

Initial Review

A panel, convened by the Chair of the APA Research Committee, will review initial submissions and select PIs who will be invited to submit full proposals. All PIs will be notified by November 10, 2017, regarding the panel’s decision.

Full Proposal

Full proposal submissions must be received by December 10, 2017, by 11:59 PM ET. Applications must include the following items*. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

  • Cover Page: indicate project title; PI name and contact information; funding path, name and email for primary mentor, division director, and department chair; and participation statement.
    • If applying for RIA: Please include a name and email of residency program director, as well.
  • Proposal: no more than 10, double-spaced pages, using font and size Arial 11, with 1” margins. Please include the following:
    • specific aims, background, significance (including relevance to APA mission, and how the findings will address a gap in the literature), preliminary studies (if applicable), detailed methods, analysis plan, timeline (project must be completed within 1 year), description of key personnel, tables, and appendices. Make sure to discuss goals for faculty development in relation to preventive services research.
  • References: may be single-spaced.
  • Budget and Budget Justification: this should NOT include overhead (indirect costs), salary for the PI or mentors, or equipment for long term use (e.g. computers). A maximum of $1,500 is allowable for travel to the annual PAS meeting.
    • If applying for ROR YIA: Please provide a budget of up to $15,000 for 1 year. The budget may include a maximum of $1,000 towards a computer, if justification supports project-related needs. Note that up to $5,000 of this award can be used for faculty development (e.g. relevant coursework). In addition, awardees may receive an additional $1,000 as an honorarium for the primary mentor (this amount should NOT be included in the proposal budget).
    • Budgets are evaluated based on:
      • Whether they are within the funding limits. Projects that exceed the specified limit will not be reviewed.
      • Whether the resources are appropriate for the work proposed
      • Projects with budgets that are justified appropriately within the limit (e.g. a secondary analysis) may be given additional consideration.
  • Biographical sketch: The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form and may not exceed five pages. Instructions for completing the biosketch form can be found here. The NIH biosketch now includes a Personal Statement. As part of this statement, please describe how the proposal relates to and will help to facilitate the investigator’s career path for this purpose as it relates to the proposed research agenda. Please include a biosketch for both the applicant and primary mentor.
  • Letter of support from primary mentor: This letter should describe the mentor’s research experience and skills in relation to the proposal, as well as the responsibilities of the mentor in supervising the investigator for this proposal. Please include a plan for communication with the mentee and the institutional support for the proposed research (e.g. in kind resources, infrastructure to support the young investigator and proposed research project, expenses not covered by the YI award). A typed signature is acceptable if an electronic signature is not available.
    • If applying for RIA: The residency program director must also submit a letter of support.

Full Proposal Review

A second study section, convened by the APA Research Committee Chair, will review and score the full proposals, and prepare a summary review to be sent to each applicant. Funding decisions will be based on the results of the study section review. Full proposal applicants will be notified of funding decisions in late January 2018. The number of proposals selected for funding will be determined by the funds available for the given year. The awardees will be announced at the annual PAS meeting.

  • If applying for ROR YIA: Funding decisions by the second study section are subject to approval by Reach Out and Read.

Review criteria for full proposals include:

  • Relevance of the proposed project to the selected funding track
  • Likelihood of project success and contribution to evidence base
  • Support from the home institution as well as commitment of the research mentor
  • Overall quality of the submission

Young Investigator Awards will be given with the understanding that the project is initiated by March 2018 and will be completed within one year. Resident Investigator Awards will be given with the understanding that the project is initiated by July 1, 2018 and will be completed within one year. All awardees are encouraged to submit abstracts from their projects to a PAS meeting and to submit a manuscript summarizing the project results to the APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, for possible publication.

  • A no-cost extension (NCE) for 6 to 12 months is possible, subject to justification and approval by the APA and leadership of each funding source.
  • If applying for Nutrition YIA: Awardees are encouraged to attend and participate in the APA Nutrition SIG annual meeting at PAS.

Mentorship

Each awardee will be paired with a national facilitator, an accomplished, nationally-recognized senior investigator from an institution other than the PI’s. The facilitator will be available to

  • provide advice and input on the project
  • complement the PI’s mentor by offering additional mentoring on an as-needed basis
  • supply networking opportunities for awardees in their field
  • provide career advice to awardees regarding future academic pursuits
  • be in regular communication with the awardee via phone calls, emails, and in-person during the annual PAS meeting

Progress Reports

Awardees are required to submit to the APA Board a progress report regarding the funded project. Reports will be due 9 months after the project start date and a final report will be required upon completion of the project.

If applying for ROR or Bright Futures YIA: Awardees will be required to participate in periodic conference calls throughout their award cycle year. Awardees will also be asked to attend a 1-day meeting with additional travel funds provided. Prior to the in-person meeting, awardees will submit a 1-page structured abstract describing their project and progress to date. Please Note: This meeting will NOT take place for the 2018 cycle.

*Please Note: Incomplete submissions and application materials that exceed the requested page limits will not be considered for review.

Individual Funding Track Requirements


APA Young Investigator Award

Submitted Proposals should address an important area of concern for the health or healthcare of children or adolescents.

This is a one-time award. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Preference will be given to those proposals that have the potential to lead to projects of a larger and longer term nature.

Reach Out and Read Young Investigator Award

This is a one-time award. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Preference will be given to proposals in which

  • Findings are likely to lead to development of large-scale proposals related to the ROR research agenda
  • The investigator articulates long term career goals related to the research agenda, and provides evidence for how receipt of the award will facilitate those goals
  • There is strong evidence of a dedicated mentorship

Collaborations with educational settings or other community partners may be included as part of this proposal, but are not required.

Nutrition Young Investigator Award

Proposals should address an important gap in the evidence related to childhood nutrition and/or nutrition-related health issues.

This is a one-time award. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Preference will be given to those proposals that have the potential of leading to projects of a larger or longer term nature as well as to proposals that go beyond merely describing nutritional issues or nutrition-related health issues. To that end, proposals that link with nutrition-related health outcomes or lead to actionable next steps will be more favorably considered. Secondary data analysis projects are not permitted for this award mechanism.

Possible projects might include, but are not limited to:

  • Methods to enhance prevention of childhood obesity in low-income children
  • Understanding nutrition-related knowledge and beliefs in low-income families
  • Evaluating the impact of neighborhood factors on dietary intake in low-income families

Resident Investigator Award

Proposals should address an important area of general pediatric concern for the health or healthcare of children or adolescents.

This is a one-time award. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Preference will be given to those proposals that have the potential to lead to projects of a larger or longer-term nature.

Any Questions?

We look forward to reviewing the 2018 YIA LOIs! If you have any questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the APA central office by calling 703-556-9222 or email yia@academicpeds.org.


 

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