Research Funding

Society for Vascular Surgery Clinical Research Seed Grant Program

The SVS Foundation<>, the charitable arm of the Society for Vascular Surgery<>, has announced the launch of the Clinical Research Seed Grant program.

Designed to recognize the importance of clinical investigation in vascular disease, the new program is designed to encourage the interest and development of clinical investigators among the SVS membership, particularly junior members or those with limited prior experience as principal investigators; and to provide direct support for pilot clinical projects that have potential to develop into larger studies fundable by industry or governmental sources.

Clinical research projects, preferably patient-oriented (research conducted with human subjects or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects), are eligible for the grant. Applications addressing one of the SVS Clinical Research Priorities<> are particularly encouraged. Small-scale clinical trials and ancillary studies in the setting of existing clinical trials (industry or NIH-supported) will be accepted.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for direct costs for a one-year period.  Costs for laboratory assays, imaging studies (as appropriate), data collection, and statistical support are allowable. However, principal investigator salary, institutional overhead expenses, major equipment costs, and travel expenses are not allowed.
To be eligible, the principal investigator must be an active member of SVS within the first ten years of practice or a fellowship- or integrated residency-trained, board-eligible, vascular surgeon who is within the first ten years of practice and has a full-time faculty position with an SVS active member serving as his/her mentor.

Visit the SVS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP<>

BrightFocus Travel Fellowships

The BrightFocus Foundation is pleased to announce sponsorship of 4 travel fellowships (in the areas of glaucoma or Age-related macular degeneration) for Young Investigators to attend the upcoming 12th biennial AOPT Conference (Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Conference) in Charleston, SC Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2015. Eligibility is restricted to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows (within 5 years of terminal degree), and junior faculty (within 10 years of terminal degree). BrightFocus travel fellowships are restricted to researchers pursing projects with relevance to AMD and glaucoma. See the AOPT website for other fellowship opportunities. Application deadline is November 21. So, don’t delay submitting an application if you qualify. This represents an exciting opportunity for young investigators to attend the meeting and present their research. Abstract submission is a requirement. The best abstracts submitted for this award will be selected for a platform session dedicated to young investigators.

In addition to an exciting platform program that covers many areas of ocular pharmacology and therapeutics, the conference organizers have a dedicated program for young investigators including: a young investigator platform session, pizza with the professor lunch, panel discussion “Collaborations between academia and industry”, and a hot topics poster session. Lastly, this year’s keynote speaker is Professor Krzysztof Palczewski from Case Western Reserve University. His lecture is titled “Application of systems pharmacology to retinal degenerative disorders”.


PDF Grant Program 2014 – 2015 Deadlines

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Advancing Parkinson’s Therapies Conference Award
Opens: Applications accepted year-round
Application Due: At least 90 days prior to the proposed start date of the conference
Award Notification: Four to six weeks after application submission

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists & Neurologists
Opens: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Letter of Intent Due: Monday, December 1, 2014
Notification: mid to late December 2014
Full Application Due: Monday, February 16, 2015
Award Notification: 
mid April 2015

Summer Student Fellowships
Opens: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Application Due: Monday, January 26 , 2015

Student Travel Awards
Opens: 3 cycles, opening September 1st, January 1st, and May 1st
Application Due: October 14th, February 15th, and June 15th, respectively
(Conferences must take place at least 45 days after submission deadline.)

PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award
Application Due: Friday, January 2, 2015
Award Notification: Monday, March 2, 2015
In partnership with the Parkinson Study Group

PDF-HHMI Year-Long Medical Research Fellows Program
Application Due:  Monday, January 12, 2015
Award Notification:  Friday, March 13, 2015
In partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute