2014 Research Funding Opportunity

Application for the ASE Foundation’s 2014 Research Award is now closed. Contact Andrea Van Hoever with questions or for more information on future ASE Foundation research funding opportunities.

Funding Opportunity Description
Key Dates
Eligibility Requirements
Application Requirements
Selection Criteria
Frequently Asked Questions
ASEF’s Research Awards Program

Funding Opportunity Description

The ASE Education and Research Foundation invites application of innovative and meritorious echocardiographic research activities that will serve to demonstrate the relevance and impact of echocardiography on patient outcomes. Of particular interest are proposals designed to

  • Provide comparative evidence of the key role echocardiography plays in managing patients (e.g., appropriateness, cost effectiveness, safety).
  • Identify disease-based areas where echocardiography has an advantage over other imaging modalities (e.g., comparative benefit in heart failure management).
  • Demonstrate the value of using echocardiography as a cost effective, high quality, and safe tool to study temporal changes in disease.
  • Validate echocardiography as the test of choice for some clinical condition or situation, like cardio-oncology (e.g., role in managing heart disease in cancer patients, role in monitoring patient risk of cardiotoxicity from chemotherapeutic agents).

Up to $200,000 will be available for one Award, which will be funded over two years. Protocols are expected to result in at least one peer reviewed publication within three years of receipt of funding.

 

Key Dates

Application opens: March 3, 2014
Application closes: June 2, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern
Notice of funding: Early August 2014
Funding available: September 2014 through September 2016

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants:
Applicants must be a current ASE member with either a research or health-professional doctoral degree, or a current echocardiography or cardiovascular ultrasound professional credential. Applicants must also hold a valid appointment at the institution where the research will be conducted.

It is expected that the applicant will be integrally involved in the concept initiation, and will hold primary responsibility for the development of the written proposal and conduct of the proposed research. Previous research experience is needed; a track record of high quality clinical investigation is expected.

See additional information on eligibility:

     Doctoral degree candidates – must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or equivalent. Such degrees include, but are not limited to, PhD, MD, DO, DDS, DMD, OD, DC, PharmD, ND, DVM, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing. Preference will be given to applicants with echocardiography or cardiovascular certification from a recognized certification body, such as NBE, or an equivalent Canadian or international certification.

If, as of July 2014, the applicant is less than ten years past their most recent doctoral degree, then he/she must identify an ASE physician or scientist member as their senior mentor/project sponsor and provide a letter of support from this individual. The senior mentor/project sponsor must also hold a valid appointment at the academic institution where the research will be conducted.

     Non-doctoral degree candidates – must have a current echocardiography or cardiovascular ultrasound professional credential from a recognized credentialing body, such as ARDMS or CCI, or an equivalent Canadian or international body. A letter of support is required from the applicant’s administrative supervisor, confirming that if funding is awarded the applicant will be given protected time and appropriately excused from clinical and administrative duties to an extent that the research funding is proportional to their existing salary.

 

Recipient:
The Award recipient is expected to have scientific responsibility for the conduct of the proposed research and to participate in future ASE/ASEF educational meetings and events to present the final results of his/her work if so invited. Ongoing submission of abstracts of the work in progress to ASE meetings for presentation consideration is strongly encouraged.

Accepting funding from the ASE Foundation constitutes a commitment by the Award recipient, his/her co-investigators, and the academic institution to:

  • Complete the project and produce meaningful results within both the designated time period and the budgeted funds provided.
  • Submit annual reports outlining the project’s progress and funding utilization.
  • Return any unexpended Award balance at the end of the funding period.
  • Include acknowledgement of this funding in all future publications, press releases, other documents, and presentations that cite results from this project.

 

Application Requirements

Proposals are to include the following elements –

  1. Title of the proposed project.
  2. Summary of the proposal, not to exceed 500 words.
  3. Listing of all investigators with degrees, academic titles and affiliations and a paragraph delineating each investigator’s contribution to the proposed project.
  4. Abbreviated curriculum vitae or NIH bio sketch for each investigator listed, including the applicant (maximum of 2 pages per investigator).
  5. Other funding applicable to the proposed project, both pending and active:
    1. Agency, Award ID Number.
    2. Project title and name of principal investigator.
    3. Dates of funding.
    4. Award amount.
    5. Applicant’s role in the project(s) funded by this other support.
    6. Amount directly available to the applicant.
    7. Relationship of ASE Foundation grant proposal to this other support.
  6. Proposed approach to the problem, including:
    1. A succinct statement of specific aims.
    2. Background and previous research addressing the problem.
    3. Preliminary studies and rationale.
    4. Methods.
    5. Limitations.
    6. Significance.
    7. References cited.
    8. Proposed timeline for completion.

The full description of the project including references and any figures (sections 6a-6h above) may not exceed 10 typewritten pages with 1-inch margins using a minimum of a 10-point font.

      • Appropriateness of the proposed project for ASE Foundation funding, including an explanation of how the proposed project will serve to demonstrate the relevance, value and/or impact of echocardiography on patient outcomes. The appropriateness description including references and any figures may not exceed 3 typewritten pages with 1-inch margins using a minimum of a 10-point font.
      • Letter(s) of support, not to exceed a maximum of 3.
      • Appropriate institutional review board, human studies committee or animal care and use committee approval, or evidence of submission. If approval has not been granted prior to submission of the proposal, applicants should include a letter stating that appropriate institutional review board application is pending. Final institutional review board approval is required prior to release of ASE Foundation funds.
      • Budget justification for Award funding, explaining how the money from the ASE Foundation would be utilized. The applicant’s institution is allowed a maximum overhead of 10% of the Award amount to cover handling fees/administrative functions. This overhead provision for indirect costs is included in the Award amount.
      • Supporting materials limited to 3 reprints, if any.

 

 

Selection Criteria

Selection for funding will be reviewed with primary consideration given to the scientific excellence of the proposal. While the qualifications of the investigators and institution will play an integral role, the prime element will be scientific relevance.

     Scientific Excellence of the Proposal

      • Scientific merit (originality, scientific impact, soundness of approach, ability of proposed aims to address the hypothesis, logical organization, preliminary data, experimental design,  methodology, statistical analysis).
      • Extent to which the proposal meets the request for application.
      • Probability of achieving meaningful results in two years.

     Primary Investigator, Senior Mentor/Project Sponsor, and Institution

      • Qualifications of the applicant (familiarity with pertinent literature and work of other investigators, previous research experience, publications and funding history, quality of letters of support).
      • Qualifications of the senior mentor/project sponsor, if applicable (publications and funding history, mentoring history, previous research experience).
      • Qualifications of the institution (facilities and resources, scientific environment).

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Application Requirements -

Q. Do I have to be an ASE member to be eligible?

A. Yes, applicants are required to be ASE members. If the applicant requires a senior mentor/project sponsor (see the eligibility requirements), he/she is also required to be an ASE member.

Q. Is the Award application really limited to only 10 pages, including references?

A. Yes, the full description of the proposed research including references and any figures should not exceed 10 typewritten pages with 1-inch margins using a minimum of a 10-point font.

Q. To whom should my letter(s) of support be addressed?

A. The letter(s) should be addressed to the ASE Education and Research Foundation

Q. Is it okay to apply for ethics approval after submitting the proposal? Can the Award be granted subject to ethics approval?

A. Award applications do not need final approval from an institutional review board, human studies committee or animal care and use committee at the time of submission. If approval has not been granted prior to submission of the proposal, applicants should include a letter stating that appropriate institutional review board application is pending. Final institutional review board approval is required prior to release of ASEF funds.

 

Submission -

Q. Can I mail you my Award application?
A. No, only online applications submitted via the ASE Foundation submission site will be accepted. Paper or diskette submissions will not be considered.

 

Use of ASE Foundation Funding -

Q. What does the 10% overhead cover? Is it included as part of the Award total?

A. The Award recipient’s work setting (i.e., the university or laboratory) may procure a maximum of 10% of the award for indirect costs such as handling fees and administrative functions. The overhead provision for indirect costs is included in the Award amount.

Q. Does the ASE Foundation have a required fringe benefit rate?

A. No, it does not have a required fringe benefit rate. Applicants may budget according to their institution’s policy.

Q. What if I relocate to a different institution? Can the Award funding be transferred?

A. No, the Award recipient must complete the project at the institution from which the application was submitted.

Q. What do I do if there is money left over at the end of my project?

A. Any unexpended balance at the end of the Award’s funding period is due back to the ASE Foundation. This remainder balance payment must take place within three months of the end of the funding period.

Q. What if I don’t complete the project during its funding period? Can I apply for an extension?

A. It is the expectation of the ASE Foundation that the project will be completed during the time funding is allocated. However, it is recognized that there can be circumstances beyond the investigator’s control that hinder his/her ability to meet the timeline required by the grant. In these situations, it is possible to apply for a no-cost extension. Such a request would require a comprehensive progress report outlining what has been accomplished thus far, what needs to be/will be accomplished during an extension in order to finalize the project (including a timeline for completion), and a budgetary report delineating what remaining funds from the award are still available. A no-cost extension request must be received prior to the end of the award’s funding period. Requests received after the funding period has ended will not be considered.

Results Reporting & Acknowledgement of Support -

Q. How do I report the results of my research to the ASE Foundation?

A. In accepting funding from the ASE Foundation, all parties involved (including the principal investigator, his/her research team, and the institution) agree to submit an annual, written report outlining the project’s progress, funding utilization, and research accomplishments. A template for this report will be provided. The principal investigator also agrees to participate in future ASE educational meetings to present the results of his/her work if so invited.

Q. How do I acknowledge ASE Foundation grant support?

A. Each publication, press release or other document and/or presentation that cites results from ASE Foundation-supported research must include an acknowledgement of grant support and a disclaimer, such as, “The project described was supported by Award Number ____ from the ASE Education and Research Foundation. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the American Society of Echocardiography or the ASE Education and Research Foundation.”

 

ASE Foundation Research Awards

Together, ASE and the ASE Education and Research Foundation have expended over $5 million to support echocardiographic research activities since 1996. Fostering and promoting research on advances in cardiovascular ultrasound continues to remain one of the Society’s fundamental goals moving forward.

Through the annual research award program, the ASE Foundation provides support for innovative and meritorious cardiovascular research activities that demonstrate echocardiography’s relevance in the changing healthcare environment, and that promote new and innovative applications of the technology.

The ASE Foundation’s annual research awards program is supported solely by donor giving and is not sponsored by any corporate interest.

The ASE Foundation’s Award Selection Committee is comprised of 30 recognized experts in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound. When reviewing proposals for Awards, steps are taken to ensure that potential conflicts of interest, such as a reviewer working at the same institution as the proposal’s investigators, are avoided. Committee members with a potential conflict of interest in relation to a particular proposal are excluded from the review and/or all discussions regarding that proposal, and are not allowed to comment on that proposal’s merits or eligibility for funding.

Contact Andrea Van Hoever for more information on ASE Foundation research funding opportunities. Information on previously funded projects is available here.