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Ed Forum 2018

Applying for a Research Grant


Purpose: The IWMF Research Grant Program is pledged to promote and support basic research leading to improved understanding of the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for the disease Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM). Based on this strategy, the IWMF-LLS Research Roadmap Initiative was recently developed to further our knowledge in four specific areas of WM research. The Initiative includes a Request for Proposals, the most recent of which can be viewed here.

Submissions: The plan for the IWMF-LLS Strategic Research Roadmap Initiative is to issue an RFP each year and to award grants for 2-4 new research proposals, depending on funding availability. Each project shall be 2 years in length, at a cost of up to $200,000 per year per project. The specific deadline to receive proposal applications will be noted in each RFP. Following a review process that may take up to 4-6 months, funding for successful applicants for each year is anticipated to begin in the 4th quarter. An application is submitted via email. The project description, significance, aims, and scientific approach should not exceed 12 pages in length. Additional pages should include references, biographical sketches, detailed budget with justification, and appendices as necessary.

Who Can Apply: Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and work in domestic or foreign non-profit organizations, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, or laboratories. Applications may involve multiple such institutions, and the applicant should have an independent research or academic position. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens, and there are no restrictions on applicant age, race, gender, or creed. Applications from non-academic facilities, postdoctoral positions, and the National Institutes of Health are not eligible.

Range of Grant Awards: The IWMF anticipates funding grants for up to $200,000 per year for each project under the Strategic Research Roadmap Initiative.

Project Length: Research projects shall be up to 2 years in length. A project may be extended by filing an additional grant request which must be approved by the IWMF VP of Research.

Payment PolicyIWMF 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 at designated six-month intervals after each Interim or Final Progress Report and accompanying Lay Summary has been received and the IWMF Research Committee has reviewed it for satisfactorily meeting the IWMF reporting requirements (see below). Payments will not be disbursed for any Interim or Final Progress Report and accompanying Lay Summary if the IWMF Research Committee determines that the report does not meet the reporting requirements. This withheld amount will be released after the reporting requirements are met. The payment schedule will be listed in the contract for the research project.

Reporting RequirementsProgress Reports are required to be submitted to the IWMF by the Principal Investigator every six months for the duration of the project. Interim Progress Reports must be submitted no later than 30 days after the six-month period ends. Such Progress Reports will describe the activities and results with respect to each specific Aim that has occurred during the preceding six-month period. Each Progress Report will include a proposed path forward over the next six-month period. Project Aims should not be changed during the research process without prior notification, justification, and agreement of the IWMF Research Committee.  The Principal Investigator must show in the reports that he or she is performing the obligations stated in the submitted and approved research proposal for each reporting period. Deviations from the six month timelines need to be explained to ensure that the project is on track. Deficiencies could result in the restructuring of fund payments and/or a no-cost-extension of the project. A Final Progress Report which describes 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 45 days after the project ending date. The Principal Investigator should expect on occasion to receive requests for clarification of Progress Reports. A Lay Summary must accompany each Interim Progress Report and the Final Progress Report. The reports must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF file format. A final detailed expenditure report must also be sent no later than 90 days after the project ending date. 

Request Research Grant Application

Click here to download PDF of application form.

Review Criteria

An application will be judged on these criteria by an independent review committee:

  • The probability of an advance in prevention, diagnosis, or treatment in the near-term.
  • The conceptual basis upon which the proposal rests.
  • The novelty of the concept and strategy.
  • The overall plan for bringing the research findings to clinical application.
  • Experience, background, and qualifications of investigator(s).
  • Adequacy of resources and environment (facilities, data management, data analysis, etc.).
  • Adequacy of provisions for protection of human subjects.

For more information please contact:
IWMF Office
6144 Clark Center Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34238
Tel: 941-927-4963
FAX: 941-927-4467
E-mail: rtucker@iwmf.com

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