Hand surgery fellows or surgical residents in ACGME
-accredited programs are eligible to apply. Funding will be limited to one applicant per institution. PI
may only submit one Fast Track grant application per calendar year. Award amount is $5,000.
Deadline for proposals is September 18, 2017
. Applicants may be required to make revisions to their proposals prior to receiving 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 one.
Applicants are required to complete all of the steps below:
1. View the following grant writing resources:
2. Download the ASSH Fast Track Grant application (word document).
3. Gather your supporting documents:
- Letter of Support: This must be from an ASSH Active Member and should detail how the process of mentoring will take place, including the direct role the mentor will take in the project. The letter of support will be an important component of the decision whether or not to award funding.
- Animal or Human Subjects application (IRB approval or proof of IRB application under review)
- Curriculum vitae
4. Submit the 2017 Fast Track application form online where you will upload your proposal and supporting documents.
All materials must be received by September 18, 2017 to qualify for a 2017 Fast Track Grant. Applicants will be informed of their application status by December 22, 2017. Promising applicants will be asked to prepare an NIH-style one-page response to reviewer critiques prior to any funding decisions.
- I completed my fellowship in Canada, may I apply? Sorry, Fast Track Grants are open to ACGME fellows only.
- My project has already began, can I still request a Fast Track Grant? While it is fine to have preliminary data to share in your proposal, the study that you are requesting funding for must start after your application is approved.
- Are “patient recruitment incentives” an allowable cost for a grant? Yes
- Can funds be used for salary or travel expenses? Travel is not allowed. Some funds may be used to cover lab personnel or work done by a research coordinator.
- Are overhead/indirect costs allowed to be charged for this grant? No, overhead/indirect costs are not allowed.
- Do I need to submit both a CV and a biosketch? Please continue to include the biosketches in the general research grant application. The PI should submit his or her CV as a separate attachment upload as part of the online application.
- Does the PI have to be a resident or fellow? Yes.
- Are key personnel required to have an eRA Commons user name prior to submission? No.
- Is the letter of support from the ASSH Active Member the same letter of support referenced on the table of contents of the application document? No. The letter referenced in the table of contents should be from the 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.
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If awarded a Fast Track Grant, the recipient is required to submit a paper or poster abstract for the 73rd ASSH Annual Meeting in Boston (September 13-15, 2018) or to present the research findings at the Research Precourse on the Wednesday preceding the meeting. Presentation would include a report on your findings, challenges and data to date. Investigators receiving grants are expected to make a six month progress report in addition to a final report once the one-year term of the grant has expired. A final report, including a listing of all presentation and publications resulting from the project should be submitted 12 months after receipt of funds or at the conclusion of the study. All funds not used in the study should be returned to the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.
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.