PURPOSE: The International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) is a nonprofit organization which supports the advancement of knowledge in the pathophsysiological basis for the disease Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM).
Submissions: Research proposals may be submitted at any time. Following a review process that may take up to four to six months, awards will be made to successful applicants.
Review Process: Research proposals are reviewed by selected members of the IWMF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) (link). The SAC may in turn respond to the research proposal applicant(s) with questions and/or request for clarification regarding certain aspects of the proposal itself. The SAC comments and recommendations are thereafter evaluated by the IWMF Research Committee which in turn may submit further questions to the applicant. Once the application is approved by both the SAC and Research Committee a recommendation for funding is forwarded to the IWMF Board of Trustees. Generally speaking, at this stage a decision to fund an SAC/Research Committee research approved proposal is based on fund availability. Authors of proposals will be notified by the IWMF Vice President Research as soon as a decision is made. Prior to funds being awarded, a Grant Award Agreement is signed by the IWMF President and Treasurer and is then sent to the research institute for signature by the appropriate authorized financial officer. A Project Liaison Officer will be appointed by the IWMF Research Committee. This person is the IWMF point of contact for the Principal Investigator regarding technical questions. The Project Liaison Officer is responsible for keeping the IWMF membership informed about the progress of the project.
Range of Grant Awards: The IWMF usually funds research grants in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 per year for two year duration. However, grants in excess of $250,000 per year for multiple years have been awarded in the past for exceptional projects.
Payment policy: IWMF research payments are made on a six-month basis. The IWMF Treasurer will pay a pro rata amount for six months at the start of the project. Future payments will be made every six months after receipt of a six-month progress report. Five per cent of the last payment will be withheld until a final report is approved by the IWMF Research Committee. An addition of 8% of the actual costs is the maximum amount permitted for indirect costs.
Reporting requirements: Research progress reports are required to be submitted to the IWMF Project Liaison Officer by the Principal Investigator every six months for the duration of the research project. Progress reports must be submitted no later 30 days after the six month period ends. Progress reports will describe the activities and findings of the previous six months and provide a plan for the next six-month period. A draft final report which shall describe the results and findings as they relate to the stated goals of the project for the full term of the project is required no later than two months after the project ending date. The principal investigator should expect on occasion to receive requests for clarification of their progress reports. As of such a “layperson” parallel six month / final report submitted together with the formal report in question often results in fewer queries from IWMF Research Committee members and ensures minimal delay if any of the scheduled research payment.
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The following is the list of review criteria used by the IWMF Scientific Advisory Committee and Research Committee to evaluate research proposals:
- What is your analysis of the proposed project’s overall applicability to furthering scientific knowledge of the cause, diagnosis, treatment, or cure for the disease Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia?
- Are the goals reasonable?
- Is the technical approach valid?
- Are key personnel sufficient in number and qualified to undertake this project?
- Are there any particular strengths or weaknesses that should be highlighted?
- Are you aware of any similar studies recently completed or ongoing that parallel this proposal or which would complement this proposal?
- Is the budget reasonable and appropriate to costs for the proposed research activities to be performed?
- Additional comments on any aspect of the proposal.
- Summary of comments and funding recommendations.
For more information please contact:
Guy Sherwood, MD, IWMF Vice President Research
6144 Clark Center Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34238