- All applications are welcome but need to have an ASSH Active member as the principal investigator co-investigator or sponsor.
- Members of the Research Management Committee including the Chair and Research Division Director cannot apply for funding either as a principle investigator co-investigator or mentor/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 awarded per institution in a calendar year.
- PI may only submit one Clinical Research and Basic Science grant application per calendar year.
- Resubmissions 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 applicants will receive blinded critiques from the Research Management Committee Study Section so that future revisions will be more competitive for extramural funding.
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:
1. View the following grant writing resources:
2. Complete an NIH-style R21 grant application. See the SF424 application format and the R21 Grant Program Overview pages as a reference.
3. 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) or Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) documentation if applicable (include either proof of approval or proof of pending application)
4. Complete the 2017 Clinical Grant contact form where you will upload your NIH-style application and supporting documents. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM 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 six month progress reports in addition to a final report once the two-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 36 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 progress report reason for extension and date to which they are requesting the extension (up to one year after original grant end date). The Research Management Committee Chair determines whether to grant the extension.
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.
Clinical Research and Grantsmanship Committee
All clinical grant applicants will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from the ASSH Clinical Research and Grantsmanship Committee (CRGC). Your mentor will periodically check-in with you to review your progress discuss challenges and help you secure additional funding. Those who receive an AFSH funded grant will be asked to join the CRGC upon the conclusion of their grant year to help be a mentor for future awardees.
Check-out the Grants FAQ page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 880-1900.