Applications are invited from interested Project Supervisors for Seed Grant Funding under the Global Burden of Disease (GBOD) Research Trainee Fellowship program a new initiative of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA).
The award consists of $ 2,000 for room and board for ~ 2-3 months plus up to $ 2,000 for roundtrip airfare.
- The deadline date for receipt of proposals on open competition from project supervisors is August 1.
- The Scoring and Selection of Grants fulfilling Criteria by Research Task Force Committee (10 point scoring system) will be completed by September 1 and results announced on ICNApedia.
- The deadline for applications from Prospective Research Trainees will be December 1
The Letter of Intent (2 pages maximum; 11 point font minimum and one inch page margins, word document) from project supervisor to include the following:
- PI/mentor role (also to append CV) and contact information. The mentor should be an ICNA member and have an accredited University and hospital appointment.
- Title of proposal
- Research Site and facilities for trainee
- Background and significance
- Objectives and specific aims
- Research Plan/epidemiologic study design and Methods
- Statistical Analysis
- Budget (including costs for study and room and board for fellow)
Practical considerations at local site which should be included in the Letter of Intent (LOI)
- Assurance that approval by the research ethics board of the hosting institution will be in place prior to beginning of fellowship
- Adequate population of relevant patient cohort at site (approximate estimate of numbers)
- Ready access to patients and relevant clinical files with any local administrative costs covered
- Affordable local room and board in place for research trainee within allotted budget
- Project start date negotiated between supervisor and trainee to begin within one year of awarded seed grant.
Research trainee criteria
- Must be a member of ICNA
- Should have completed two years of an accredited child Neurology training program or be within 5 years of completion of their training program
- Once the successful proposal(s) is posted on the ICNApedia website, research trainee applicants must provide the following to the project supervisor:
- Reference letters – from Program director or Division Head and two other direct supervisors
- Statement regarding motivation for project (300 words)
- Evidence of completion of certificate for ethical standards in clinical research or equivalent
- Potential times of availability for research elective
Applicant selection to be decided by project supervisor and contingent upon approval by the ICNA Research Task Force.
- Publication of the study will be due within 6 months of project completion and will be submitted to JICNA.
- The study data will also be presented at the next upcoming International Child Neurology Congress.