2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH ...
Research Grant Procedures & Application for 2011 Grants MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAMIn keeping with the objectives of the Constitution of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS),whereby the ACVS encourages its members to pursue original investigations and to contribute to the veterinaryliterature, the ACVS Foundation and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. have established a research grant award.The Minimally Invasive/Minimal Access Surgical Research Grant is intended to support the development ofcreative new procedures and application in veterinary surgery that improve clinical outcomes and minimize softtissue or orthopedic trauma and pain. It is designed to fund clinically oriented projects that utilize either clinicalcase or experimental subjects to evaluate minimally invasive surgical approaches and techniques or technologies.ACVS Diplomates and residents are eligible to apply. Grants up to $15,000 will be considered with the total amountto be awarded determined annually. The grant may be used to fund stand alone projects or pilot studies designed totarget larger granting agencies including Ethicon Endo-Surgery.APPLICATION MATERIALS: Application materials may be obtained from the ACVS website(www.ACVSFoundation.org) or the ACVS office. Applicants must use the application forms or reproduce theformat exactly.APPLICATION DEADLINE: To be considered for current funding, proposals must be received at the ACVS officeelectronically on or before November 1. Paper copies will not be accepted.SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS: Proposals should be assembled in appropriate order (A – G) and submitted to theACVS office electronically in pdf format by the application deadline. Only complete proposals will be consideredfor review. Only one proposal will be considered from each Diplomate or resident per grant program perfunding cycle. Similar or identical grants cannot be submitted to multiple ACVS grant programs in the sameyear. Submit proposals to email@example.com.FUNDING CONSIDERATIONS: These funds may be used only for direct expenses of the project. Travel,consultative fees, publication fees, personnel costs, institutional overhead, or other indirect expenses will not befunded by the grant. Partial funding of a project is possible providing there is appropriate recognition of EthiconEndoSurgery and the ACVS Foundation’s contributions in all resulting publications and presentations and that fullfunding is obtained within six months of the date on the letter of notification of the award. Payment will be initiatedwhen the balance of funding has been secured and documentation thereof is provided to the Chair of the ACVSResearch Committee. If the investigator fails to obtain full funding within six months, the award will be withdrawn.If the proposed length of the study is greater than one year, partial payments may be awarded at the discretion of theFoundation’s Board of Directors. A time limit of two years is suggested for completion of the research, although theBoard of Directors may make exceptions.INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE FORM (Form H): An approved Institutional AnimalCare and Use Committee (IACUC) form for all proposals involving animals protected by the Animal Welfare Actmust be received by the ACVS office prior to the release of funds. Those in private practice may submit acompleted approved form from their regional institutional IACUC (i.e., medical school, veterinary school, researchinstitute, etc.). If the research grant does not involve animals protected by the Animal Welfare Act, complete theform where indicated. The completed form must be received by the ACVS office prior to the release of funds.PROPOSAL PROCESSING: Several months are required for processing. A proposal is processed as follows:1. Proposals, in pdf format, are received electronically at the ACVS office on or before November 1. The receipt of each proposal is acknowledged.2. The ACVS office forwards proposals to the ACVS Research Committee. The Research Committee consists of nine members, seven Diplomates-at-Large, one member of the ACVS Foundation Board of Trustees and one member of the ACVS Board of Regents, who serves as the liaison to the Board of Regents. At least two qualified reviewers from Ethicon Endo-Surgery also will be asked to judge the merits of each proposal.
3. ACVS Research Committee members (with the exception of the liaison to the Board of Regents) and Ethicon- Endo Surgery reviewers, will review the proposals. Proposals are scored on a 10-point system: the impact to develop creative new procedures and applications for minimally invasive surgery (1.5 pts), the relevance of the proposal to clinical veterinary surgery weighed with humane treatment of animals (terminal studies must be justified adequately) (1.5 pts), quality of proposal (4 pts), appropriateness of budget (1 pt), ability to carry out the investigation and likelihood of timely completion (2 pts). The score for the final two categories, investigator(s) and facilities, are based on the appropriateness of the budget and the ability to carry out the investigation and likelihood of timely completion.4. The Research Committee meets via conference call to discuss each proposal. If greater than 25 grants are received, the Research Committee Chair may identify the bottom quartile of grants, based on the compilation of scores from the Research Committee members, and the Committee can review these grants with minimal discussion during the conference call.5. Following discussion by a Research Committee member appointed as Lead Discussant to each grant, Research Committee members finalize scores and rank. The mean ranks of projects totaling up to the amount allotted by the ACVS Board of Regents are submitted to the Board in rank order. The Board of Regents, based on Research Committee recommendations, decide which proposal(s) will be funded, based upon monies available. The ACVS Board of Regents notifies the ACVS Foundation Board of Directors of the recipients for final ratification.6. All candidates are notified by March 1.7. If funded, a Memorandum of Agreement must be completed by the applicants institution or a non-institutional individual applicant and returned to the ACVS Research Committee Chair c/o the ACVS office. The Foundation Executive Director then signs the Memorandum of Agreement, and payment is initiated as determined by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. An approved Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) form (FORM H) for all funded proposals involving animals protected by the Animal Welfare Act or a IACUC form H indicating the research does not involve animals protected by the Animal Welfare Act must be received by the ACVS office prior to the release of funds.8. An educational critique of the proposal is sent to all applicants.REPORTINGIt is expected that within one (1) year of completion of the project, a manuscript will be submitted to a refereedjournal with appropriate recognition of Ethicon Endo-Surgery and the ACVS Foundation’s support. A report of thepublication of the manuscript must be submitted to the Chair of the ACVS Research Committee, who will informthe ACVS office, which will include the information about the journal publication in the ACVS Newsletter.INFORMATIONFor more information, contact the ACVS office: 19785 Crystal Rock Dr., Suite 305, Germantown, MD 20874.Phone: 301-916-0200 x110 Fax: 301-916-2287 Email: Foundation@acvs.org.
Date received: ________________ A. COVER PAGE ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT TO BE COMPLETED BY INVESTIGATOR(S):1. Title of Proposal:2. Resubmission of Proposal: No ___ Yes ___ If yes, proposal was originally submitted (year): _____3. Investigators: Principal Investigator* Co-Investigators Name, degree ______________________________ Name, degree ______________________________ Title ______________________________ Title ______________________________ Signature ______________________________ Signature ______________________________ Mailing address: Mailing address: (include dept., service (include dept., service or laboratory) or laboratory) Telephone _______________________________ Telephone _________________________________ Fax _______________________________ Fax _________________________________ E-mail _______________________________ E-mail _________________________________4. Dates of Proposed Project: From: _______________ To: ________________5. Total Budget: $________________ Amount Requested: $ __________________6. Performance Site(s):*Signature indicates that the Investigator agrees to final responsibility for conduct, completion of the study andreporting. Unless justified in writing, failure to fulfill reporting requirements could preclude receipt of future grantawards.. TO BE COMPLETED BY ADVISOR OR INSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATIVE7. Applicant Organization:8. Name, title, phone number of official(s) signing for Applicant Organization:9. Type of Organization: _____ Federal _____ State _____ Local _____ Other (specify):10. Name, title, address, email and phone number of official(s) in Business Office who should be contacted toconfirm where the executed copy of the Memorandum of Agreement should be sent:11. Organization to receive credit for the Grant:12. Name of the institution to which the check is made payable and address to which the check should be sent:
B. RESEARCH OBJECTIVES ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT Privileged CommunicationName and Address of Applicant or Applicant Organization:Title of Project:Abstract your Proposed Research, Outline Objectives, Clinical Relevance and Methods. Abstract must be amaximum of 250 words, single-spaced, and in Times New Roman or Arial type face, 12 point size.Name, Official Title, Department, project responsibilities and time commitment of all professional personnelengaged in project:
C. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT [Complete for Primary Investigator and other Co-Investigators]Name: Title:Board-Certified/ Year (if any):Education (Begin with baccalaureate training and include postdoctoral):Institution and Location Degree Year Conferred Scientific FieldHonors:Major Research Interest:Role in Proposed Project (be specific):Research and/or Professional Experience – Starting with the present position, list training and experience relevant toarea of this project. List five publications .Publications (limit to two pages) – 1) List five publications relevant to current proposal. 2) List five otherimportant publications from the past five years.
D. PREVIOUS AND CURRENT RESEARCH SUPPORT ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT [Complete for Diplomate and other Co-Investigators]Current and Pending Funding. List title of the grant; investigator’s position in the grant (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or collaborator); funding source; dollar amount; percentage effort; and any overlap with currentproposal. List publications resulting from any ACVS grant listed.All Other ACVS Grants that Investigators have Received for the Past Five Years. List title of the grant;investigator’s position in the grant (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, or collaborator); dollar amount;percentage effort; and all publications resulting from the proposals.
E. DETAILED BUDGET FOR 12-MONTH PERIOD ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT Privileged CommunicationEquipment (Describe and give cost of each item over $100) Total:Supplies (Describe and give cost by group or category only) Total:Animals (Give cost of animal purchase and costs for care including board and transportation) Total:Miscellaneous expenses (Can NOT include travel, consultative fees, publication fees, personnel salaries/costs) Total: FINAL TOTAL: ____________AMOUNT REQUESTED OF THE ACVS FOUNDATION: ____________ACVS Foundation funds may be used only for direct expenses of the project. Travel, consultative fees,publication fees, personnel costs and institutional overhead will not be funded by the grant.List other available support for this project (source and amount)List other requested support for this project (source, amount, notification date)Provide budget justification for all proposed expenses listed on FORM E (maximum ½ page)
F. FACILITIES STATEMENT ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT Privileged CommunicationFacilities Statement: (not to exceed one typed double-spaced page) Describe the facilities and equipment available for use in this project.
G. RESEARCH PROPOSAL ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT Privileged CommunicationNOTE: The names of investigators or their institutions should not appear in this portion of the grant application.REQUIRED FORMATTING: • Type double-spaced • Leave 1 inch margins (left, right, top, bottom) • Use Times New Roman or Arial type face, 10-12 point size • Number all pages at bottom of the page • The title of the proposal should appear on the first page immediately preceding the Hypothesis.1. Hypothesis: (Not to exceed ½ page) Concisely state your hypothesis as a statement or series of related statements that can be tested by experiment. The statement(s) should be followed by a brief explanation of how the hypothesis would be tested.2. Specific aim: (Not to exceed ½ page) Describe what the proposed research is intended to accomplish within the one-year funding period.3. Relevance to Clinical Veterinary Surgery: (Not to exceed ½ page)4. Background and Significance/Preliminary Studies: (Not to exceed 1 ½ pages) Briefly discuss the background of the proposal by critical evaluation of existing knowledge and by identification of gaps that would be addressed by the proposed research. State concisely the importance of the proposed research by relating the specific aims to the broad, long-term objectives of the proposed investigation and the field of veterinary surgery. Applicants may also use this section to describe preliminary studies that are pertinent to the application or to provide other information that will help establish the competence of the investigator to undertake the proposed research. The proposal must demonstrate the relevance of the proposal to clinical veterinary surgery weighed with humane treatment of animals, terminal studies must be justified adequately.5. Experimental approach: (Not to exceed 4 pages) The experimental design and procedures should be described in detail. Include the means by which data will be collected. Discuss potential difficulties and limitations of the proposed procedures and alternative approaches to achieve the stated aim (Section 2 above). Provide a tentative sequence or timetable for the investigation.6. Statistical methods: (Not to exceed 1 page) Describe how the data will be analyzed and interpreted. State the statistical methods to be used. Specify the number of observations required to yield statistically significant results at a particular confidence level (e.g., 0.05).7. References: (Not to exceed 2 pages) List appropriate articles in order cited according to the format of Veterinary Surgery.
H. INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE FORM ACVS FOUNDATION 2011 MINIMALLY INVASIVE/MINIMAL ACCESS SURGICAL RESEARCH GRANT Privileged CommunicationProtocol number:Title of proposal:Investigators:Pursuant to policy established by the Regents of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, I certify that theabove described protocol follows guidelines set forth in the National Institutes of Health “Guide for the Care andUse of Laboratory Animals” and the “Animal Welfare Act of 1966.” _____________________________________________ Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee _____________________________________________ Name of Institution _____________________________________________ Date This research grant does not involve animals protected by the “Animal Welfare Act.”NOTE: This completed form must be received at the ACVS office prior to the release of funds. Proposals fromprivate practice must seek local/regional institutional approval.