- Anyone may apply for a grant (including residents, fellows, and non-ASSH Members). However, an ASSH Active Member must be listed as one of the investigators or as a sponsor/adviser on the project.
- Members of the Research Management Committee including the Chair and Research Division Director cannot apply for funding either as a principal investigator, co-investigator, or sponsor.
- There is no limit on the number of applications submitted from each institution but please note that a maximum of (1) Basic Science and (1) Clinical Research Grant may be awarded per institution in a calendar year.
- The PI may only submit one Clinical Research and Basic Science grant application per calendar year.
- Re-submissions are allowed.
Submission Process - April 3 Deadline
The grant application closely mimics the NIH grant format. This is to encourage familiarity with the grant application of the NIH for further funding. All proposals under consideration will receive blinded critiques from the Research Management Committee Study Section so that future revisions will be more competitive for extramural funding. All funding recommendations are reviewed and approved by the ASSH Council and AFSH Board of Trustees.
The ASSH basic science grant application is for a one-year $20,000 award (direct costs only). Start date should be listed no earlier than October 1 and must begin by December 31, 2017.
Prior to submitting your application please be sure your ASSH user record is up-to-date. Login here. If you do not have an ASSH record you will be prompted to create an account.
Applicants are required to complete all of the steps below:
- View the following grant writing resources:
- Plastic Surgery Foundation grant writing module
- Lecture by Kevin C. Chung MD MS - "On Grantsmanship: How to Compete and Win
- JHS article - Fundamental Principles of Writing a Successful Grant Proposal (Kevin C. Chung MD Melissa J. Shauver MPH)
- Download the ASSH grant application (word document).
- Gather your supporting documents:
- Letter of Support: This should come from your Department Chair or Division Head. The purpose of this letter is to verify that the researcher will have time and resources to complete the project in a timely fashion
- Institutional Review Board (IRB), Independent Ethics Committee (IEC), or Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) documentation, as applicable (include either proof of approval or proof of pending application).
- Headshot or other photograph of PI that may be used if selected as a grant recipient (optional)
- Submit the 2017 Basic Grant submission form online where you will upload your application and supporting documents. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 CST on Monday, April 3, 2017.
Submit any questions by email to email@example.com. Applicants will be informed of their application status by August 2017. Promising applicants will be asked to prepare an NIH-style one-page response to reviewer critiques prior to any funding decisions.
Investigators receiving grants are expected to make a progress report by May 31, 2018 in addition to a final report once the one-year term of the grant has expired. If more time is needed to complete the study the investigator may request a no-cost grant extension. A final report including a listing of all presentation and publications resulting from the project must be submitted 24 months after receipt of funds. All funds not used in the study should be returned to the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.
Note: Requests for no-cost grant extensions must include a progress report, a written reason for extension, and the date to which they are requesting the extension (up to 1 year after grant's original end date). The Research Management Committee Chair determines whether to grant the extension.
Progress Report Outline
- Grant name and year awarded
- Project Title and date of the grant period
- PI Name(s)
- Summary of specific aims and progress made thus far
- Impact Statement (may be published or shared with members)
- Optional – other comments you would like to share with membership or the grants committee about your project.
Please also include the following, as applicable:
- List of publications originating from the grant (include date and name of publication)
- List of presentations resulting from this study (name of organization, date, type [oral/poster])
- Additional funding received or applied for, related to this study (include funding source and total dollar amount)
Publication and Further Funding
Awardees are required to submit resulting manuscripts to The Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS) and to present their work if possible at the ASSH Annual Meeting. All submissions to JHS resulting from this requirement will be carefully considered for publication and both the authors and editors will maintain the right of refusal if they feel the submission is not suitable for JHS. In the case of publication presenting or citing research funding credit is to be noted by footnote that the project was supported totally or partially by funds from the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand. It is requested that a reprint of such publications be made available to the AFSH for permanent record.
Projects that receive further funding from other resources should report back to the AFSH.
Check-out the Grants FAQ page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 880-1900.