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Application Instructions

Deadline: September 15, 2020, 5 p.m. Eastern Time

To apply for the AACC Research Prize Competition, email a PDF of your research proposal to Caitlin Ondracek, PhD, AACC Associate Director of Science & Practice Programs, at [email protected].

Each applicant may submit more than one proposal.

Submissions should include the following and should be no longer than four pages total (not including the abstract, references, and the investigators’ short bios, which we will not count toward the page limit):

Contact information:

  1. The primary investigator (PI’s) name, address, email, and phone number.

  2. An abstract for the research proposal (not counted toward the page limit).

  3. A general description of your project, including the main questions the research project will answer and why the research project is:
    1. Important for clinical lab diagnosis, patient care, and the health system as applicable
    2. Considered innovative or novel

  4. Summary of background and supporting information indicating the rationale behind the project and potential future implementation opportunities, including:
    1. Rationale
      1. Importance of improving clinical diagnosis and patient care
      2. Scientific evidence supporting the concept
    2. Potential for scale
      1. Feasibility for clinical laboratories in the healthcare system to implement the research finding

  5. A bibliography of the literature references that were used to develop the research proposal (not counted toward the page limit).

Team staffing information:

  1. Composition of the research team and their roles.

  2. Credentials and experience of the team PI(s) and key team members, with a focus on relevant prior work (each person’s bio should be limited to 500 words, but will not count toward the overall page limit).

  3. Institution(s) where the research will take place and their support.

Proposed budget, timeline, measures, and facility logistics:

  1. The total budget of the project and an outline of all related funding sources.

  2. The project timeline, especially for the work related to the use of the sample set.

  3. Indicators that will be used to measure the success of the project.

  4. Details for intended storage of the samples to ensure proper conditions for use and maintenance of the sample set are met.