Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)



Academic Pediatric Association
Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID)
Supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)


2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

RAPID targets applicants who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background. The program, which includes both a research project and career and leadership, development activities, consists of: 1) small research grants in NIDDK mission areas (pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease); 2) pairing of the RAPID scholar with a national mentor who is an accomplished senior investigator and seasoned mentor; 3) in-person mentoring and networking at an annual breakfast at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting; 4) an educational symposium on career and leadership development and academic success; and 5) RAPID Scholar telephone conference calls every two months, to provide peer support, peer mentoring, networking, a venue for presenting research in progress, and opportunities for potential research collaborations. RAPID is funded by a five-year award (R25DK096944) from NIDDK. Through the process described below, the program awards up to $15,000 per selected research project. We anticipate providing three awards in 2017.

The specifics of this program are as follows:


  • The principal investigator of any proposal submitted must be a member of the APA or have submitted an application for membership, and must be a member of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  • Those eligible to become RAPID scholars include: 1) faculty members who are no more than five years out from completion of all training; and 2) fellows who will be in their final year of fellowship during RAPID.

  • Proposals submitted must address the following NIDDK mission areas: pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease. In addition, a brief bio-sketch noting leadership experiences and career goals. The awards will be one-time; multiple-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.

  • Initial proposals must be received by October 3, 2016, by 5 pm ET. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All required components must be submitted online at the following address: https://www.academicpeds.org/members/RIYIAentry/?awd=rapid

    These initial proposals must include the following items*:
    • Cover sheet - indicating project title; PI name and contact information; funding path (RAPID); name and e-mail address for primary mentor, Division Director, and Department Chair; and Participation Statement (See Cover Page Form)
    • Description of the proposal- not more than two single-spaced pages, including the budget and budget justification, and using a font size no smaller than Arial 11, with 1" margins. This section must provide a brief overview of the project, including the aims, background, methods, evaluation, and significance of the study. The cover sheet, statement page, and references are not included in the two-page limit. References may be single spaced and are limited to one page. Please adhere strictly to these requirements-failure to do so will result in return of the application without further review.
      • A.  A statement attesting that the applicant is a member of an URM group (please specify which one), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background should be included on a separate page, which does not count towards the page limit.
      • B.  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 $1,600 is allowable for travel to the annual PAS meeting.
    • Biographical sketch - The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form. For this purpose, the biosketch is not to exceed two pages, and a personal narrative should be included, with a focus on leadership experiences and future academic goals. The biosketch also needs to be resubmitted with the full proposal and does not count towards the page limit. The form can be found at the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketch.doc Instructions for filling out the form can be found at the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketchsample.doc
    • Letter of support from the primary mentor, including evidence of the mentor's track record of successful mentoring, prior mentees and their current positions, and the plan for regular meetings and communication with the mentee (i.e., the frequency and duration of these meetings). A typed signature is acceptable, if an electronic signature is not available. This letter of support also needs to be resubmitted with the full proposal and does not count towards the page limit.
    • Letter of support from the department chair, detailing mentorship and allocation of resources. Specifically, the letter should mention that the department supports the project and candidate and will provide any additional resources needed to make the project successful (such as statistical support, research personnel, and any needed equipment not covered by the RAPID award).

  • A review panel consisting of the RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC), convened by Drs. Glenn Flores and Fernando Mendoza, the RAPID Program Director and Co-Director, will review the submitted proposals, and select candidates who will be invited to submit full proposals. Candidates will be notified by November 8, 2016, regarding whether or not they have been invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for full proposal submission is December 7, 2016, by 5 pm ET.

  • Full proposals must include the following items*:
    • Cover sheet - indicating project title; PI name and contact information; funding path (RAPID); and name and e-mail address for primary mentor, Division Director, and Department Chair (See Cover Page Form)
    • A statement attesting that the applicant is a member of an URM group (please specify which one), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background should be included on a separate page, which does not count towards the page limit
    • Proposal - including specific aims, background, preliminary studies (if applicable), detailed methods, evaluation, timeline (the project must be completed within one year), description of key personnel, significance, budget with justification (see restrictions listed above and Budget Template Form), tables, and appendices, must not exceed eight double-spaced pages, using a font size no smaller than Arial 11, and 1" margins. The one-page cover sheet, statement, and one-page of references (single spaced) are not included in the eight-page limit. Please adhere strictly to these requirements- failure to do so will result in return of the application without further review
      • A.  Long-term career goals and goals for faculty development also must be articulated in a separate section of the proposal
    • Biographical sketch -The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form. For RAPID, the biosketch is not to exceed two pages. The biosketch does not count towards the page limit.
    • Letter of support from the primary mentor, including evidence of the mentor's track record of successful mentoring, prior mentees and their current positions, and the plan for regular meetings with the mentee (meeting frequency and duration). A typed signature is acceptable, if an electronic signature is not available. The letter of support does not count towards the page limit.
    • Letter of support from the department chair, detailing mentorship and allocation of resources. Specifically, the letter should mention that the department supports the project and candidate and will provide any additional resources needed to make the project successful (such as statistical support, research personnel, and any needed equipment not covered by the RAPID award).

  • A second study section, consisting of the RAPID NAC, convened by the Program Director and Co-Director, will review and score the full proposals and prepare 1 - 2 page summary reviews that will be sent to applicants. 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 2017. The number of proposals approved and funded will be determined by funds available for the given year. The awardees will be announced at the annual 2017 PAS meeting.

  • Review criteria for full proposals include: relevance of the proposed project; likelihood of project success; evidence of high potential for future career success in biomedical, behavioral, social, clinical, or health services research; outstanding mentorship; commitment and mentoring track record of the primary mentor; support from the applicant's division chief, department chair, and home institution; and overall quality of the submission.

  • Awards will be made with the condition that work begins by March 2017 and is completed within one year. Awardees are encouraged to submit abstracts to a PAS meeting and to submit results to the APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, for possible publication.

  • Three additional grantee requirements are intended to enhance career development.
    • Awardees will be paired with a RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC) member, an accomplished, nationally recognized senior investigator from the RAPID NAC. The NAC mentor 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; and be in regular communication with the awardee, via phone calls, e-mails, and in-person meetings at the annual PAS meeting.
    • Grantees will be required to participate in monthly conference calls.
    • Grantees will be required to attend a two-day educational symposium on career development and academic success in late 2017 or early 2018; additional travel funds will be provided to cover the costs of conference travel and attendance.


* *Please Note - Incomplete submissions and proposals that exceed page limits will NOT be forwarded to the review team.



 

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