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

    APA Reach Out and Read 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
    • Post-doctoral trainees
    • Residents
    • Graduate students

    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

    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 mentor’s letter of support should attest to the applicant’s commitment to research and support the request for the extended eligibility.
  3. Who is eligible to apply to RAPID?
    RAPID targets applicants who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background, as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  4. Does the YIA Program accept applications from others who are not pediatricians
    Yes.
  5. Can residents participating in a global health track working on a project abroad apply for the YIA?
    As long as the project meets all other funding requirements and is in line with the core mission of the APA, they may apply.
  6. 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.
  7. I am currently an APA Research Scholar. Can I apply for YIA with my proposal?
    Yes, APA Research Scholars are encouraged to submit an application to the YIA Program.
  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. However, previous awardees are encouraged to act as mentors or national facilitators for current awardees.

Funding Paths

  1. Can an applicant apply for 2 different awards in same funding cycle?
    Yes, applicants may submit more than one proposal provided that 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, and the APA/CDC YIA?
    These funding opportunities were available in past years; however, they have been discontinued.

Proposals & Application Process

  1. How do I log into the application?
    Please use your username and password provided to you in your APA New Member Welcome Letter. If you no longer remember your password, click on “Forgot Password” to have it sent to your email.
  2. If I do not have my login information, can someone else submit my proposal for me? Can I submit application materials through email?
    No, all materials must be submitted through the applicant’s APA Member account within the online application platform.
  3. 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.
  4. For the initial proposal, does the budget need to be included in the two pages of the LOI?
    Yes, both the budget and budget justification should be included in the two pages. A template is provided as a sample, but you can use whatever format you would like.
  5. 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.
  6. Where do I send my proposal?
    Please submit all materials through the online application.
  7. 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.
  3. To who should my mentor’s and residency program director’s letters of support be addressed?
    For Young Investigator Awards:
    Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, Chair, APA Young Investigator Award Program
    6728 Old McLean Village Drive
    McLean, VA 22101

    For Resident Investigator Awards:
    Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, Chair, APA Resident Investigator Award Program
    6728 Old McLean Village Drive
    McLean, VA 22101

    For RAPID:
    Dr. Glenn Flores, RAPID Program Director
    6728 Old McLean Village Drive
    McLean, VA 22101

    Please note, letters need to be uploaded through the online application with all required elements of the proposal.

Budget

  1. Is travel to PAS required?
    Yes, with the exception of those accepted to the Resident Investigator (RIA) funding path.
  2. What is the process for requesting a no-cost extension (NCE)?
    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 path.
  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. For the initial proposal, does the budget need to be included in the two pages of the LOI?
    Yes, both the budget and budget justification should be included in the two pages. A template is provided as a sample, but you can use whatever format you would like.
  5. My institution requires that I include indirect costs. Is this acceptable?
    Indirect costs are not acceptable and will not be considered.
  6. 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.
  7. Can I include funds for a statistician in my budget?
    Yes, direct costs for statisticians are acceptable, as long as they are properly justified in the submitted proposal.

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 track, 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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