Young Investigator Awards Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Topics:


Eligibility

  1. I am not an APA member. Can I still submit a proposal?
    Both the applicant and their primary mentor must be a member of the Academic Pediatric Association. Click here to apply for membership and learn about the other programs within the APA.
  2. What is the definition of a Young Investigator?
    APA Young Investigators are defind as:
    • Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training as of the date proposals are due (fellowship or post-doc)
    • Fellows
    • Residents
    • Other individuals involved in research aligned with the APA’s mission who are within 5 years of completion of training

    Reach Out and Read Young Investigators are defined as:
    • Faculty members no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
    • Fellows
    • Post-doctoral trainees
    • Other individuals involved in research aligned with the APA’s mission who are within 5 years of completion of training

    Nutrition Young Investigators are defined as:
    • Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training as of the date proposals are due (fellowship or post-doc)
    • Fellows

    APA Resident Investigators are defined as:
    • 1st or 2nd year residents
    • 3rd year residents in a Med-Peds residency
  3. What are the exceptions to the eligibility requirements?
    Exceptions:
    • Extended family leave
    • Job sharing
    • Military service or deployment
    • Graduates of APA Scholars Programs that include a focus on research may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA Scholars Programs, provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor-level, or the equivalent. APA Scholars Programs include: Educational, Research, New Century, and Quality Safety and Improvement Scholars Programs.

    Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include the following items with their proposal submission:
    • An additional statement of 3 sentences or less describing their situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate document within the application and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
    • The primary mentor’s letter of support should attest to the applicant’s commitment to research and support the request for extended eligibility.
  4. Does the YIA Program accept applications from others who are not pediatricians?
    Yes. Each funding path has specific eligibility requirements but most do welcome applications from other individuals involved in research aligned with the APA’s mission who are within 5 years of completion of training.
  5. I am currently enrolled in an APA Scholars Program. Can I apply for a YIA with my proposal?
    Graduates of APA Scholars Programs that include a focus on research may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA Scholars Programs, provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor-level, or the equivalent. APA Scholars Programs include: Educational, Research, New Century, and Quality Safety and Improvement Scholars Programs.
  6. Can residents participating in a global health track working on a project abroad apply for the YIA?
    If the project meets all other funding requirements and is in line with the core mission of the APA, they may apply.
  7. Can two applicants from the same institution submit proposals to the YIA Program?
    Yes; however, the YIA Program does not typically fund more than one application from the same institution within the same funding path. It is recommended that applicants select different funding paths.
  8. Can previous awardees apply?
    If you have previously received a RAPID or Young Investigator Award, you are not eligible to submit a proposal. These are one-time awards. Previous awardees are encouraged to act as mentors or national mentors for current awardees.
  9. Does the YIA Program consider applications for projects that will be conducted in other countries?
    If the project meets all other funding requirements and is in line with the core mission of the APA.
  10. I am a 3rd year pediatrics-anesthesia resident. Am I eligible to apply for the Resident Investigator Award?
    Only if the program is longer than 3 years. You should have another year of residency after the application year to complete your project.
  11. Does the YIA Program allow co-investigators?
    No, applications from co-investigators will not be considered.
  12. What qualifies as a career development award and would one disqualify me from applying to the YIA Program?
    If the grant is not an NIH K or R01, you are eligible to apply for a YIA. Foundation funding does not disqualify you from receiving a YIA, unless it is a truly a career development award that covers a substantial portion of your salary.
  13. I have not yet received a career development award, but do have a small, multi-year award. Am I eligible to apply for the YIA Program?
    Small grants do not affect your eligibility to receive a YIA.
  14. How does the APA define underrepresented minority (URM)?
    The APA defines URM using the AAMC's 2004 definition: "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population," which includes the following racial and ethnic groups: Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.

Funding Paths

  1. Can an applicant apply for 2 different awards in same funding cycle?
    Yes, applicants may submit more than one proposal if each has a different research question. However, only 1 award will be given to a PI per year.
  2. What if my project fits into multiple funding paths?
    Applicants must choose only 1 funding path for submission per research question.
  3. What happened to the APA-Commonwealth Fund YIA, the APA-AHRQ YIA, the APA-Aetna Foundation YIA, the APA/CDC YIA, and the APA Bright Futures YIA?
    These funding opportunities were available in past years; however, they have been discontinued.

Proposals & Application Process

  1. Should checklists be submitted with the initial and full proposals?
    No, your application checklist is intended to assure you prepare all necessary materials and should not be submitted.
  2. What is the Participation Statement?
    The participation statement is included on the bottom of the Cover Page to be submitted with your proposal. Should an applicant receive funding through the YIA Program, they must commit to attending any conference calls or in-person meetings as part of their chosen funding path.
  3. Where do I send my proposal?
    Please submit all materials through the online application. If you experience issues with the application, please send an email to yia@academicpeds.org.
  4. What format should I use for my biosketch?
    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 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.

Mentors

  1. Is it acceptable for two applicants to share a mentor?
    It is not a problem to act as a mentor for multiple applicants. However, the YIA Program does not typically fund more than one application from the same institution within the same funding path. It is recommended that the applicants select different funding paths.
  2. I am currently working with two primary mentors. Is it okay to have co-mentors included in my application?
    Co-mentors are acceptable, but both must be APA members.
  3. To whom should my mentor’s and residency program director’s letters of support be addressed?
    All letters of support can be directed to the Young Investigator Awards Program Leadership and Review Panel.
  4. Will it help my application if I identify a national mentor in my proposal submission?
    The YIA Program will request all awardees to submit 3 options for national mentor and the YIA Program Leadership will make final assignments prior to PAS. Please do not identify or select a national mentor on your own.

Budget

  1. Is travel to PAS required?
    Yes, your budget should include travel to PAS. If your travel to the meeting is covered by another source, that should be clearly stated in your budget and budget justification.
  2. What is the process for requesting a no-cost extension (NCE)?
    A no-cost extension (NCE) for up to 12 months is possible, subject to justification and approval by the Young Investigator Awards Program Leadership.
  3. Why are the amounts of the awards different?
    As each funding path is supported by grants received from different funding agencies, the maximum award amount and requirements vary.
  4. My institution requires that I include indirect costs. Is this acceptable?
    Indirect costs are not acceptable and will not be considered.
  5. Can I include myself or my mentor in the budget to cover time spent on the project?
    Neither an applicant nor mentor may have effort.
  6. Can I include funds for a statistician in my budget?
    Yes, direct costs for statisticians are acceptable. This cost should be properly justified in the submitted proposal.
  7. Can I include funds for a research assistant in my budget?
    Yes, direct costs for research assistants are acceptable. This cost should be properly justified in the submitted proposal.
  8. I have completed my project but there are some funds remaining. Should remaining funds be returned to the APA?
    Yes, all remaining funds should be returned via check to the APA Central Office by mail:

    Academic Pediatric Association
    Attn: YIA Program
    6728 Old McLean Village Drive
    McLean, VA 22101

    Please make sure to notify the APA Central Office that remaining funds exist and will be returned by sending an email to yia@academicpeds.org.

Transferring Institutions

  1. I am transferring institutions. What is the process for transferring my award funds?
    Please notify the APA of institutional changes via written notice on institutional letterhead. Include your name, contact information, project title, funding path, and the contact information of the administrator handling your award funds at your current institution. Any unused funds at your current institution should be returned via check to the APA Central Office by mail:

    Academic Pediatric Association
    Attn: YIA Program
    6728 Old McLean Village Drive
    McLean, VA 22101

    The written notice may also be sent by email at yia@academicpeds.org.

    APA will disburse your remaining award funds after receipt of payment information for your new institution. Please note this may take a couple of months pending your institution’s internal processes.
  2. I am transferring institutions. Should I identify a local mentor at my new institution?
    You do not necessarily need a new mentor, but it would be a great opportunity to find one local to you!

    If you and your current mentor plan to continue working together, please provide a letter of support that shares a revised plan for communication.

    If you identify a mentor at your new institution, please submit a letter of support that describes 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. This letter should 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).

 

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