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. 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, 2017 to
June 30 2018.
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 $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 10, 2017, to Amy Chetelat at
Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Amy
Chetelat, AAOGF Administrator.
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 11 Arial.
A cover letter from the
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
A letter of support
from the current or former Research Mentor(s), if
A personal statement
that includes an explanation of the situation
requiring bridge funds and the candidate’s plan to
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
justification, including a brief statement of need
and other financial resources available to the
Explanation of the
outcome of any previous bridge fund award.
Applications are due
April 10, 2017.
Decision letters will be issued May 31, 2017.
Funding period starts 7/1/2017.
MD, MPH, MS
Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH
Angeles Secord, MD, MHSc
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Jennifer M. Wu, MD, MPH
Charles A. Leath, III, MD, MSPH
Ginny L. Ryan, MD
Michael T. McHale, MD, FACOG
Micah J. Hill, MD
Scott Allan Sullivan, MD, MSCR, FACOG
Michael J. Goodheart, MD
Aaron Kyle Styer
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