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 Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant

The Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant is intended to support a new researcher from the ASSH membership to write an NIH R0-1 application for a multi-center clinical trial.  The main stipulation of this award is that once the grant is funded, the Principal Investigator will work with the ASSH and CTOC to engage interested members from the ASSH to participate in the study.

Initially, the successful proposal will receive $20,000 for the principal investigator to draft an NIH grant over 12 months.  This funding may cover research time, statistical support, and administrative costs.  The deadline for applications has passed.  Questions may be directed to Sarah Meyer Hughes at smeyerhughes@assh.org.

See the application form.

Description: The ASSH has structured the Clinical Trials and Outcomes Committee (CTOC) to promote multicenter clinical trials (MCCTs) to address important clinical problems in hand surgery.  One of the main limitations of conducting MCCTs is the substantial amount of financial resources needed for running a successful trial. A recent survey of the membership by the ASSH indicated a high level of member enthusiasm to support and to participate in a MCCT. Five areas of interest were selected by the membership to be the most important topics for clinical research: Arthritis & Joint Diseases, Distal Radius Fractures, Tendon Injuries, Carpal Pathology, and Peripheral Nerve Problems.

To better leverage the financial resources of the ASSH in addressing this membership interest in MCCTs, the CTOC has initiated an RFP to support a new researcher from the ASSH membership to write an NIH R0-1 application for a MCCT.  The ASSH will be acknowledged in all publications and presentations resulting from this award.

Eligibility: An investigator with a successful track record for clinical research and with the potential to be competitive at the NIH level.

Application: The CTOC will request the 10-page AFSH grant application that is similar to the NIH format. The research study should address one of the five priority topics: Arthritis & Joint Problems, Distal Radius Fractures, Tendon Injuries, Carpal Pathology, and Peripheral Nerve Problems.  The grant must indicate how the funded study will engage the membership in the project once the grant is funded by the NIH.

Timeline: Same as for annual ASSH Basic Science and Clinical Grants Financial support: The successful proposal will receive $20,000 initially for the principal investigator to draft an NIH grant over a 12-month period.  This funding may cover research time, statistical support, and administrative costs. The NIH grant proposal will be reviewed by the CTOC at the May meeting for feedback to the principal investigator.  Once the principal investigator has addressed all queries by the committee and the grant is submitted to the NIH, an additional $20,000 may be awarded to cover outstanding costs.  The CTOC will require periodic progress reports on the funding progress by the NIH.