Funding Award: Request for Proposals
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The American Association of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) is
pleased to announce that the foundation is currently
seeking applications for bridge grants. These awards are
made possible with generous support from the American
Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Education
Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists (ACOG). The AAOGF Bridge Funding Award is
designed to stabilize research programs of promising
physician scientists in obstetrics and gynecology who
have not been successful in obtaining independent
research funding or who have a temporary lapse in
funding. This award will be for a one-year period from
July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019.
Bridge funds are intended to enhance the likelihood of
successful application for other funding opportunities
by enabling ongoing research productivity and by
ensuring that essential research personnel are not lost
due to lapses in funding. Priority will be given to
those programs with a strong likelihood that the
investigator will be able to successfully apply for
independent extramural funding by the end of the award.
The proposed research should address important problems
in obstetrics, gynecology, or women’s health. Basic and
translational research projects are encouraged.
Under-represented in medicine (URM) physician
investigators are encouraged to apply. Applicants who
have successfully completed a funded research training
award (e.g. AAOGF/ABOG, AAOGF/MFM, RSDP, K, T or F
Award, or other mentored training award) are encouraged
to apply. Each award will be for up to $75,000 for one
year. No indirect costs are allowed.
Successful candidates must agree to provide a progress
and financial report, and attend an annual research
retreat sponsored by AAOGF during the period of the
award and immediately following the conclusion of the
award. Successful candidates must also agree to respond
to periodic requests for information regarding their
Investigators who are at
the rank of assistant professor of Obstetrics and
Gynecology or above, who have successfully completed a
mentored research award or have previously had an R01
grant and who have applied for funding but who have not
been successful in either obtaining or maintaining
independent research funding may submit an application
for this award. Investigators who currently have an R
award for the period of funding are not eligible.
Submission of critiques of recent funding applications
for the project must be provided with the application.
Assurance of adequate protected research time for the
research project and a delineation of financial support
provided by the applicant’s Department or institution
will be important factors in considering applications.
Potential applicants should
send the application materials electronically by
April 20, 2018, to Amy Chetelat at
Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Amy
Chetelat, AAOGF Administrative Director.
Tele: (443) 640-1051 ext. 103
Fax: (443) 640-1031
A six-page proposal written in abbreviated NIH grant
format (1 page of Specific Aims, a 1 page maximum
statement of Background and Significance, 1 page of
Preliminary Data and 2-3 pages of Experimental
Design and Methods). The font type should be number
A cover letter from the applicant.
CV of the applicant, including funding record.
A letter of support from the Department Chair. The
Chair’s letter must include a clear statement of the
protected time for research available to the
applicant and detail any relevant mechanisms that
will be in place to ensure protection.
A letter of support from the current or former
Research Mentor(s), if applicable.
A personal statement that includes an explanation of
the situation requiring bridge funds and the
candidate’s plan to obtain funding.
Copies of external reviewers’ comments for any
unsuccessful grant application including a statement
of the relative ranking of the application.
Response by the applicant to the issues raised in
the external reviews.
Budget and justification, including a brief
statement of need and other financial resources
available to the applicant.
Explanation of the outcome of any previous bridge
Applications are due
April 20, 2018.
Decision letters will be issued May 31, 2018.
Funding period starts 7/1/2018.
Gonzalez Bosquet, MD, Ph.D.
Shannon Michelle Hawkins, MD
Emily Miller, MD MPH
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