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Young Investigator Award (YIA)

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Graduate Students
and Postdoctoral Fellows for Research in Neurofibromatosis

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Children's Tumor Foundation (CTF)

LOI Date:

01/03/21

Deadline Date:

03/05/21

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for assistance in establishing careers as investigators in the field of neurofibromatosis. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Grant recipients will receive two to three years of salary stipends as well as mentoring support from the Children's Tumor Foundation.

The Young Investigator Award, initiated in 1985, is CTF’s longest running award program, and provides two-year salary support to early-career NF researchers, such as senior doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers, to help them get established as independent NF investigators. Since its inception, several YIAs have made groundbreaking research findings and notable publications through this program, and many have advanced to become leaders in the NF research and clinical communities. The main function of the YIA program has been to serve as a ‘seeding mechanism’ for researchers to secure larger grants, such as from the NIH and CDMRP NFRP.

The YIA mechanism supports basic and translational research towards -

  • Understanding cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis phenotypes
  • Identifying and/or testing novel therapeutic targets
  • Testing candidate therapeutics
  • Analysis of natural history of NF

The focus of YIA research includes but is not limited to –

  • NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis
  • Manifestations such as –
    • Neurofibromas, schwannomas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, other brain and nervous system tumors
    • Bone abnormalities
    • Cardiovascular abnormalities
    • Learning disorders
    • Pain

CTF will assign an external mentor for each YIA awardee. This mentor, an expert in the NF field, will interact at least twice a year with the awardee and his/her mentor, to provide guidance for the science and/or career development as needed. One of those interactions should be the annual NF Conference.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139429

Estimated Size of Grant:

Predoctoral awards provide a flat rate of $32,000 of stipend support for each of TWO years (total two-year budget $64,000, including 10% Indirect costs).

Postdoctoral awards: Rates are commensurate with experience. See the table on page 3 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Term of Contract:

For 2021, CTF is piloting a program to provide postdoctoral YIA salary support for up to THREE years. The third year of funding will be contingent upon satisfactory progress of the first two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicant must be one of the following:
a. A postdoctoral fellow (MD, Ph.D., or equivalent), but no more than seven years past the completion of his/her first doctoral degree, OR
b. A graduate student pursuing his/her MD, Ph.D., or equivalent

Note: This mechanism is NOT for individuals holding an independent faculty position.

2. Applicant must be affiliated with the laboratory of a senior researcher who is the applicant’s research sponsor. The sponsor must offer a training environment that is conducive for the growth and education of an early NF career researcher. As part of the application, the mentor is asked to describe the intended training plan.

3. In a given year, more than one member of a laboratory can apply for a YIA, but only one application per laboratory per year will be funded.

4. There are no citizenship requirements for this program. The Foundation seeks and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals worldwide.

Note: An individual may not receive more than one postdoctoral YIA in his/her career. Having had a prior CTF predoctoral YIA award does NOT preclude receiving a postdoctoral YIA award.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates to note for upcoming YIA cycle:

Monday, Dec 7, 2020 - YIA Letter of Intent (LOI) form launched
Sunday, Jan 3, 2021 - YIA LOIs due by 11:59 pm EST
Friday, Jan 22, 2021 - YIA invitation to full application
Friday, Mar 5, 2021 - Full applications due by 5:00 pm EST
Week of May 28, 2021 - YIA decision notifications

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://proposalcentral.com/default.asp

If you have any questions please email grants@ctf.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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