Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Research Grant

CRITICAL AND POINT-OF-CARE TESTING RESEARCH GRANT

The AACC Van Slyke Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a special $5,000 grant, supported by the Critical andPoint-of-Care Testing Division, to study outcomes of point- of-care testing (POCT).

Only proposals investigating outcomes will be considered. Follow application guidelines below.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The objective of the AACC Van Slyke Foundation Research Grant Critical and Point-of-Care Testing is to provide support to those clinical laboratorians who need limited research funds to explore new ideas in areas where funds are not normally available. It is expected that, if a grant is awarded, the awardee (and research project administrator) will agree to the terms of the grant as described in section VIII of the "Application for AACC Van Slyke Foundation Research Grants."

  • ELIGIBILITY
    Applicant and his/her mentor (if applicable) should clearly state that the research project described was conceived by the applicant.
  • Applicant and his/her mentor (if applicable) should list titles and amounts of funds for other similar projects that are funded from other sources.

DETAILED APPLICATION INFORMATION

Complete the "Application for CPOCT Research Grant
" including the signature of the project administrator.

Prepare your proposal using the "Application Instructions" below. The AACC Awards Committee will evaluate each grant application received according to the following scientific criteria:

  • originality
  • scope
  • significance to the science
  • soundness of research plan
  • degree of achievability
  • potential for the project to lead to further exploration beyond grant period
  • transferability of research findings to actual practice

Administrative criteria used will include:

  • degree to which the research proposal is critical to the career of the applicant
  • degree to which funding under an AACC grant is critical to the start of the project
  • adequacy of the facility proposed
  • satisfactory budget

An interim report on the progress of the project is due after the first six months. Research should be completed within one year of the project's approval, and a final report should be submitted within thirty days thereafter. Under some circumstances, the AACC Awards Committee may, at its discretion, postpone or withhold awarding funds for projects. The final report will be considered for publication in the AACC's journal, Clinical Chemistry. It should, therefore, be submitted in the format consistent with that of the journal's editorial requirements. The journal's "Information for Authors" is ordinarily published in the January issue. For a copy, contact the Clinical Chemistry editorial office at 202-857-0717 or 800-892-1400.

SCHEDULE FOR FUNDING

The grant funding cycle ordinarily begins in June and ends in May of the subsequent year. Applications should be submitted no later than March 15, with a projected start date no earlier than June 1 of the same year. The AACC
Awards Committee will ordinarily make the grant award(s) by June 1 and formally announce the awards at the AACC Annual Meeting in July.

Return one original and five copies of the completed application to:

Kelsey Blake
AACC
1850 K Street NW, Suite 625
Washington, DC 20006

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

SECTION 1.

Face Page. Self-explanatory; pages 1-2 of application.

Description and Key Personnel. Self-explanatory.

Table of Contents. Self-explanatory.

Detailed Budget for the First 12-Month Budget Period. List only the direct costs. Indirect costs are not allowed. The submission of a reasonable budget is considered an important part of the proposal. Highest priority will be given to non-salary budget items, including consumable and small pieces of equipment not available at the applicant's facility. The purchase of major equipment normally available or essential to a laboratory should not be requested. A lower priority will be given to funding of technicians' salaries, travel necessary to conduct the research (e.g., meetings, conferences, symposia, etc.), telephone charges, report preparation, and photocopying. Items unacceptable for funding include the salary of the applicant (principal investigator), page charges, clinical stipends, and administrative overhead. Budgets submitted should be in the range of $500 to $5,000 and may be planned for additional subsidization from other sources. The AACC Awards Committee reserves the right to partially fund a proposed project or to modify budget items proposed by the applicant that it believes to be inappropriate under this grant.

Personnel. List names and positions of all personnel involved in the project, both professional and nonprofessional, whether or not salaries are requested. Describe the specific functions of these personnel. Please note that funding of the principal investigator's salary is not an approved use of funds. Also, indicate the percentage of time (effort on project) to be devoted to this project.

Consultant Costs. Whether or not costs are involved, provide the names and organizational affiliations of any consultants who have agreed to serve in that capacity. Briefly describe and justify the services to be performed, including the number of days of consultation, the expected rate of compensation, travel, per diem, and other related costs.

Equipment. Only the funding of small pieces of equipment not available at the applicant's institution will be considered.

Supplies. Itemize supplies such as glassware, chemicals, radioisotopes, and animals in separate categories. If animals are involved, state how many are to be used, their unit purchase cost, and their unit care cost.

Travel.

Other Expenses. Itemize by category and unit cost such other expenses as photocopying charges, telephone charges, publication costs, books, computer charges, and rentals. Reimbursement is allowable for donor/volunteer fees and for travel, lodging, and subsistence costs incurred by human subjects participating in the project, including travel of an escort, if required. This reimbursement is applicable to all classes of human subjects, including patients, outpatients, donors, and normal volunteers, regardless of employment status.

Biographical Sketch, Other Support, Facilities. Please submit biographical sketches and other support for principal investigator and for each co-investigator.

SECTION 2. RESEARCH PLAN
Include sufficient information in Section 2 and in the Appendix (Section 3) to enable review without referring to any other material. Be specific. Reviewers often consider brevity and clarity an indication of an investigator's ability to conduct research.

Organize Sections A-D of the Research Plan to answer these questions: (A) What do you intend to do? (B) Why is the work important? (C) What has already been done? (D) How are you going to do the work? The suggested format is as follows:

A. Specific Aims. State the broad, 10ng-terDl objectives and describe concisely and realistically what the research described in this application is intended to accomplish and/or what hypothesis is to be tested. Do not exceed one page.

B. Background and Significance. Briefly state the background to the proposal, critically evaluate existing knowledge, and specifically identify the gaps that the project is intended to fill. State concisely the importance of the research described in this application by relating the specific aims to the broad, 10ng-terDl objectives. Do not exceed one page.

C. Preliminary Studies. Applicants may use this section to provide an account of the investigator's preliminary studies that is pertinent to the application, and/or to provide any other information that will help to establish the experience and competence of the investigator to pursue the proposed project. The titles and complete references to appropriate publications and completed manuscripts may be listed, and background material may be submitted as an Appendix. Supplementary background graphs, diagrams, tables, and charts that are relevant to the preliminary studies may also be submitted in ten sets in the Appendix. Do not exceed two pages.

D. Experimental Design and Methods. Discuss the experimental design and the procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include the means by which the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted. Describe any new methodology and its advantage over existing methodologies. Discuss the potential difficulties and limitations of the proposed procedures and alternative approaches to achieve the aims. Provide a tentative sequence or timetable for the investigation. Point out any procedures, situations, or materials that may be hazardous to personnel and the precaution to be exercised. Do not exceed three pages.

E. Human Subjects. If human subjects are involved, submit documentation of Human Subjects Review Committee Approval in this application.

F. Vertebrate Animals. If vertebrate animals are involved, submit documentation in this application that shows the study has been reviewed and approved by your local Animal Care and Use Committee.

G. Consultants/Collaborators. In the Appendix, attach an appropriate letter from each individual confirming his or her role in the project. Include biographical sketch pages for each consultant and collaborator.

H. Literature Cited. List references at the end of the Research Plan. Although no page limitation is specified, it need not be exhaustive.

SECTION 3. APPENDIX

Include appropriate documents such as research papers published to support your proposal. Indicate the source of any reagents, supplies, etc., that are not commercially available.

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