Objective: The APFED HOPE Pilot Grant was established to foster the development of new projects relevant to eosinophil-associated diseases (EADs), excluding asthma, rhinitis and eczema.  Investigators from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will focus on the development of new ideas which are likely to lead to future external funding.


Sponsor:
 American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED), a non-profit advocacy organization for those living with eosinophil-associated diseases, including eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (e.g., eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastritis, eosinophilic colitis), eosinophilic cystitis, eosinophilic fasciitis, and hypereosinophilic syndrome.


Grant Term:
 Two years


Award Amount:
 $50,000 per year (a total of $100,000 over the two-year grant term)


Funding: 
Grant funds may not be used for salary support for applicant. The grant may be used for the purchase of supplies and services directly related to the approved research endeavors.  Funds may also be directed to the salaries of technical personnel and other direct expenses as necessary for the completion of the research project.  Funds may not be used for institutional indirect costs or to acquire administrative or clerical support.

Funds will be distributed in two equal $50,000 payments.  This grant will include an additional travel grant of up to $1,000 which must be used to attend a professional meeting to present results of the funded research.


Eligibility: 

♦  Eligible applicants must have received doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DO, Nursing Doctorate, PhD, MD/PhD).
♦  At the time of the application and for the duration of the grant, applicant must hold a full-time faculty position (instructor or higher) at a medical school in the US or abroad.
♦  At the time of application and for the duration of the grant, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses:

* Green Card – permanent resident
* J-1 – exchange visitor
* H-1, H-1B – temporary worker in a specialty occupation
* TC, TN – professional business worker admitted under US Canada Free Trade Act (NAFTA)
* O-1 – temporary worker in the sciences

♦  Non-citizens must submit a notarized copy of proof of possession of a Green Card or J-1, H-1, H-1B, TC, TN or O-1 visas. At the time of application and for the duration of the grant, an applicant/recipient must be employed by a U.S. institution.

♦  Eligible applicants must not currently have an active APFED grant.


Deadline: 

♦  A Letter of Intent (single page .pdf or .doc attachment) must be submitted by October 28, 2016 via email to grants@apfed.org.

♦  The application deadline is midnight, EST, November 30, 2016.

♦  Hope Research Grant award notices will be sent March 3, 2017.


Selection:
 Review and decision will be made by the APFED Grant Review Committee and the APFED Board of Directors.  The APFED Grant Committee will be formed for the purposes of reviewing grant applications and will be comprised of members of the APFED Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Panel and other certified members of the medical community as deemed necessary by the APFED Board of Directors.


Terms:

♦  The APFED HOPE Pilot Grant is designed to support the initiation of research that will be the basis of a larger research project within this subspecialty.  Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrable interest and/or achievement in clinical care, education or research in eosinophil-associated diseases (EADs).
♦  Recipient must provide APFED with a report on the progress of the research project every 3 months during the grant period. Each update will be a one-page summary of what has been completed, what is currently underway and work yet to be completed.  Recipient will also submit a final report at the end of the grant period outlining project results and anticipated next steps.  Preference in awarding grant will also be given to research projects that are most likely to generate results or data to report at the end of one year.
♦  Recipient is encouraged to attend an APFED-sponsored conference and present project status and results.  Research status and results will also be published in the APFED newsletter.
♦  Announcement of the grant recipient will be placed in publications at the discretion of the APFED Board of Directors.
♦  Receipt of the APFED HOPE Pilot Grant does not preclude the applicant from obtaining grant support from other sources.
♦  Other existing support cannot conflict with the requirements of the APFED HOPE Pilot Grant.
♦  Support from the APFED HOPE Pilot Grant is to be acknowledged in all presentations and publications resulting from the APFED HOPE Pilot Grant sponsored research.
♦  APFED may discontinue this grant if it is determined that the purpose and/or the terms of the grant are not being fulfilled. Should this be necessary, the recipient will be notified of the decision in writing, and provided with the justification and the effective date.
♦  The APFED HOPE Pilot Grant is non-transferable.

Learn more about the program here.