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Child Health Research Awards Program

Grants to USA Researchers Affiliated with Nonprofit Institutions
in New England States for Child Health Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Health Resources in Action (HRiA) - Charles H. Hood Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/16/20 12:00 Noon, EDT


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Grants to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont researchers affiliated with nonprofit academic, medical, or research institutions for projects related to child health. Funding is intended to provide newly independent faculty with opportunities to show creativity and to assist in the transition to other sources of funding. Research projects must have direct relevance to child health. Preference will be given to applicants who have established independent research environments.

Research Focus: Clinical, basic science, public health, health services research, and epidemiology projects must be hypothesis-driven with direct relevance to child health. In addition, applicants must clearly convey their commitment to advancing child health research.

Concurrent, Pending, and Post Award Funding: Child Health Research Awards are for the purpose of launching an investigator’s career and are not intended for the support of an established investigator.

The Hood Foundation Child Health Research Award may be used to support salaries and fringe benefits, laboratory and data processing supplies, the publication of scientific data, travel to scientific meetings, and other direct expenses such as equipment essential to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191749

Number of Grants:

Up to five awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amount: Two-year grants totaling $165,000 ($82,500 per year)

Term of Contract:

Grants will be made for the period of January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022. The start date of the grant may be postponed for up to three months without a formal request. Any longer delays must be approved by the Charles H. Hood Foundation.

Following the two-year period, a no-cost extension for up to nine months may be granted upon email notification to the Grants Officer. Requests for a no-cost extension should be made at least 30 days prior to the conclusion of the award period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are made to nonprofit academic, medical or research institutions in the six New England states on behalf of the Award Recipient.

Eligibility Requirements:

United States citizenship or residency is not required. All applicants must have completed their training at the time of application and be within five years (for PhD scientists) and seven years (for physician-scientists) of employment following conclusion of training. Applications from physician-scientists are encouraged.

All applicants must have a doctoral degree, lead independent research programs, hold a faculty appointment at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institution in the six New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) and be working in that institution by the application deadline. The Applicant must have demonstrated research independence confirmed by the Department or Division Chair.

By the application deadline of 9.16.2020, applicants must be employed at least four days each week (0.8 full-time equivalent) at a nonprofit academic, medical, or research institution in New England.

Applicants Holding a PhD or Equivalent:
The five-year window begins on the first day of employment following completion of fellowship training, regardless of job title or place of employment. All previous faculty positions as well as any independent research position in a for-profit company, nonprofit research institution, or similar professional setting are included within the five-year window of eligibility.

Applicants Holding an MD or Equivalent:
The seven-year window begins at the completion of an ACGME–certified subspecialty training program, or the equivalent for generalist fellowships. For physician-scientists who have not had fellowship training, the seven-year window begins at the completion of residency. The difference in the eligibility window for MDs and MD/PhDs recognizes the need for mentored research training following the completion of clinical training.

For information about gaps in work history, including family or medical leave, see the application guidelines:

Minimum Percent Effort:
All applicants are required to devote at least 20% effort to the proposed Hood research project. Percent effort may exceed the percent of total salary support requested from the Hood Foundation.

For information about current and pending federal and non-federal support, see the application guidelines:

Funds may not be used for: new construction, the renovation of existing facilities, fundraising, endowments, accumulated deficits, or any political activity. Funds awarded for the direct costs of the project may not be used for general operating costs.

Indirect costs (institutional overhead) may not exceed 10% of direct costs or up to $7,500 each year of the two-year Award period.

Please note that research projects that focus on pregnant women and their fetuses will not be considered responsive to this RFA.

Pre-Application Information:

Online Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 Noon, Eastern Time

Application deadlines occur in the spring and fall of each year. Funding begins every January 1st and July 1st.

The online application system will notify applicants once the upload is received. Final notification will occur in June.

Two confidential letters are required with an optional third, all of which must be submitted through the online system. It is critical that you contact your Recommenders early on in the application process to allow them sufficient time to prepare and upload their letters. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to monitor the status of the online recommendations prior to the application deadline. Applicants will not be able to complete the application process if the letters are not submitted.

The Department or Division Chair’s letter of recommendation must include an assessment of the Applicant’s potential to succeed in a clinical, health services, or basic science research career. In addition, the Chair must complete a form that confirms the Applicant’s independence as well as the Institution’s level of commitment to the Applicant.

Note: There are no limitations on the number of departmental or institutional submissions per grant cycle.

Resubmission Policy:
Every effort will be made to provide written feedback from the Committee to applicants, who will have the opportunity to reapply one time following an initial application and only during one of the next two semi-annual grant cycles immediately following the original submission.

Contact Information:

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

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Applicants may contact the Program Officer, Charlene Mancusi with questions regarding investigator-stage appropriateness.

Direct any questions to:
Charlene Mancusi, Program Officer
Charles H. Hood Foundation
Health Resources in Action
2 Boylston St. 4th floor
Boston, MA 02116

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