URM Award

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AAOGF URM Pilot Innovation Award

Deadline July 10, 2021 (EXTENDED)

The American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (AAOGF) is pleased to announce that the foundation is currently seeking applications for Pilot Innovation Award for under-represented minority (URM) investigators. This award is made possible with generous support from AAOGF. The focus of this AAOGF grant is to promote and encourage development of early investigators from URM populations to conduct research in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. This award will be for a one-year period from July 1, 2021 to June 30 2022.

The proposed research should address important problems in obstetrics, gynecology, or women’s health. Basic, translational, and clinical trial research projects are encouraged. The award will be for up to $75,000 for one year. No indirect costs are allowed.

The successful candidate must agree to provide a progress and financial report at the end of the grant period. The candidate must attend an annual research retreat sponsored by AAOGF during the period of the award and immediately following the conclusion of the award. The successful candidate must also agree to respond to periodic requests for information regarding their career development.


Investigators who are at the rank of assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology or above, and are an URM may submit an application for this award. This award is for early-stage investigators defined as investigators who have completed their medical residency within the past 10 years and have not obtained substantial NIH research funding. Prior or current R01 grant recipients are ineligible for this award.

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.

Contact Information:

Potential applicants should send the application materials electronically to Tim McKenna at tim@stringfellowgroup.net. Deadline July 10 ,2021

Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Tim McKenna, AAOGF Administrator.

Tele: (443) 640-1051 ext. 1147
Fax: (443) 640-1031
Email: tim@stringfellowgroup.net

Required Application Materials:

  1. 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.* If human subjects research, submit a copy of the IRB approval letter. If your research proposal is currently pending IRB review, submit a letter documenting that the IRB review is pending. The award will require documentation of IRB approval prior to the activation.* If vertebrate animal research, submit a copy of your IACUC approval letter. If your research proposal is currently pending IACUC review, submit a letter documenting that the IACUC review is pending. The award will require documentation of IACUC approval prior to the activation.
  2. A cover letter from the applicant which includes career development plan and how the grant will foster research capabilities of the candidate.
  3. Biosketch (NIH format) of the applicant, including funding record.
  4. 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. The letter must also include the basis for candidate’s eligibility for this award (race, ethnicity, etc.) as an under-represented investigator. For the purpose of this award URM is defined as someone whose racial or ethnic make-up includes the following: African American/Black, Asian (including but not limited to Filipino, Hmong, and Vietnamese), Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native or two or more races.
  5. Budget and justification, including a brief statement of need and other financial resources available to the applicant.

Deadline July 10, 2021

Funding period starts July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Funding period starts July1 through June 30, 2022. (Due to extenuating circumstances, a one-year automatic no-cost extension will be granted.)