2016-2017 SUS RESIDENT SCHOLAR AWARD

SPONSORED BY AN UNRESTRICTED EDUCATIONAL GRANT FROM THE SUS FOUNDATION

 

The application process has now closed for this award.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is intended for residents in any of the surgical disciplines who are doing basic science or “outcomes” research, or research on surgical education.

 

Eligible residents will have completed two years of training in the United States or Canada by the start date of the award (July 2016) and agree to spend at least one year in full-time research with a SUS member. Co-mentoring by a non-SUS member is acceptable providing there is clear documentation of a collaborative relationship between the SUS research mentor and the non-SUS research mentor.

SUS Executive Council and Scholarship Committee members are excluded from mentoring fellows and have been listed below. If your intended research mentor is on the following list you are NOT eligible:

 

Timothy Donahue, MD
Rebecca M. Minter, MD
Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD
Gregory D. Kennedy, MD, PhD
Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS
Adil H. Haider, MD, MPH
Rebekah White, MD
Kasper Wang, MD
Scott Steele, MD
Benedict Nwomeh, MD
Dai H. Chung, MD
O. Joe Hines, MD
David J. Hackam, MD, PhD
Sharon Weber, MD
Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD
Thomas Aloia, MD
Gretchen Schwarze, MD
Timothy King, MD
Eric Liao, MD



FUNDING PERIOD:   July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
 

STIPEND

This is a one-year award of $30,000.  The funds can be used for either salary or expense support, but must be expended solely for the sponsored research project. No indirect costs will be covered. Generally, indirect costs would refer to costs such as electricity, water, internet services, janitorial services, etc., for which the award does not pay the institution at which you will conduct your research, but it is always best to speak with your Chair for guidance and procedures. The stipend is expected to cover the cost of the awardee presentation requirement which is listed below (i.e. no additional travel funds will be provided). The purchase of any equipment greater than $1,000 must be adequately justified in a budget justification section.



COMMITTEE REVIEW

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern Time. Applications will be reviewed by the SUS Scholarship Committee, who will notify the top-ranking applicants in late May, inviting them to interview online on Thursday, June 16, 2016 between 5:00-7:00PM Central Time. Additional details on the interview process will be sent to the chosen applicants. The successful applicant and the SUS research mentor(s) will be notified by email following the Council meeting.


AWARDEE PRESENTATIONS

The awardee will be expected to provide the SUS office with an interim written report on the status of your research by December 31, 2016 You will also be required to appear at the 2018 Academic Surgical Congress  to provide a final report on your research at the AAS/SUS Research Awards Session.
 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The application is submitted using an online system and is located at: www.SUSweb.info.  


BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

Applications must be submitted using the online submission site: www.SUSweb.info, which will close on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:59PM ET. All files must be uploaded by the applicant IN PDF FORMAT (REQUIRED). Grants which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines will not be reviewed.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their institution’s contracts and grants office for information regarding processing requirements for grant applications prior to submission and ensure compliance with institutional policies and procedures. While each institution's policies differ, many require notification of intent to submit a proposal at least one month prior to the application submission deadline. Familiarize yourself with any institutional deadlines you must meet, and allow plenty of time for the review and authorization process, as well as delays or unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

The application process consists of the following steps:


 1. RESEARCH APPLICATION

Applications must use either 11 pt. Arial or 12 pt. Times Roman font. There is a 4.5 page limit with standard one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages, including continuation pages. No information should appear in the margins, including the PD/PI's name and page numbers. The research application should be structured as follows:
 

  • Hypothesis and Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Significance and Innovation (1/2 page)
  • Approach (2 pages)
  • Career Plan (1/2 page)
  • References (1/2 page)
     

Preliminary data can be included in the Approach Section; however, this section must not exceed 2 pages. Grants which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines above will not be reviewed.

 

2. INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORIZATION FORMS

Approvals must be submitted from the Chairman of the Department and the administration (Dean or Fiscal Officer) of the institution in which the research will be performed verifying various institutional requirements and approvals (e.g. research, administration, human subjects and animal care committee, approvals etc.). Please download and print a hard-copy of the Award Authorizations Form, available on the Dashboard page once you have validated your application. NOTE: Validation and Submission of your application are 2 separate activities. Validate will tell you what your application is missing and Submit will mark it as complete and ready to submit to the Scholarship Committee. You may validate as often as you like, it will not change or submit your application.

 

3. ANIMAL OR HUMAN SUBJECT AUTHORIZATION

Approvals must be submitted for the use of animal or human subjects, if appropriate. The SUS would not fund a project which might not receive animal use committee approval.  IRB and IACUC can be stated as pending, but would need to be approved and submitted prior to the start of the award funding (by June 30). An approved IRB may be submitted as the “human rights” authorized officer. 

 

4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:

THREE letters of support must be included with your application:

 

A. SUS MEMBER SPONSOR: The letter from the SUS member sponsor should cover the basics of recommendation-why they have chosen to be your mentor/sponsor, their thoughts on your proposal, research, honors, publications, etc. They should indicate the value they feel in your participation/application and may choose to include comments regarding your abilities and your potential contributions to the field. Please note: To meet the eligibility requirements, the SUS Member Sponsor must be a member in good standing. The SUS Member sponsor may check their member status by contacting Ochun Farlice at the SUS Membership Department at ochun@susweb.org.  


B. RESEARCH MENTOR: A letter from a research mentor or collaborator familiar with your research describing his/her own mentorship track-record and outcome of previous trainees. The research mentor’s letter should provide the mentorship plan, including information on research environment, plan for supervision, and other educational activities during the course of the award period.


*If the Research Mentor and SUS Member Sponsor are the same person, we request that you submit a second faculty recommendation letter that comments on your candidacy for the award, ability to complete the proposed work and, overall research aptitude.

C. DEPARTMENT CHAIR: The letter from the Chairman (whether or not he/she is an SUS member) should indicate the research capability of the applicant and the institutional support for the applicant in terms of salary, laboratory space, and protected time available for the pursuit of research and confirmation that the institution will not subject the award to an indirect costs tax.



  

5. BIOSKETCHES

All biosketches are required to be in the newly published NIH format (updated May 25, 2015) and a sample can be found at:


http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm

 

A biosketch is required and must be uploaded for each of the following: 
 

  • Applicant Biosketch - Please be sure to include an additional section on previous research experience.
  • Sponsor Biosketch 
  • Mentor Biosketch All mentors significantly involved in the research project must submit a biosketch.

 

Each biosketch should include the items outlined below:
 

Education and Training:  Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional training, and include postdoctoral training.

 

Positions and Honors List honors and previous positions, including your present position, in chronological order.

 

Peer-reviewed Publications:  Please list only peer-reviewed publications and manuscripts that have been accepted for publication. Do not list abstracts, manuscripts submitted or in preparation, invited commentaries, letters to editors, lectures, presentations, non peer-reviewed articles or book chapters.

 

Research Experience List both ongoing and completed research projects.

  

6. FACILITIES AND RESOURCES DESCRIPTION

Upload a description of the Facilities and Resources available to the applicant that will exist during the time of the award. 

 

AWARD CONTACTS:

For questions regarding award eligibility or qualifications, authorizations and application content, please contact Alyson Ruppel in the SUS office at: (310) 986-6442, ext. 107, or by email: info@susweb.org.

For technical questions and submission site issues, please email: support@susweb.info.

For questions regarding SUS Member status, please contact Wanda Myers, Director of SUS Membership Services, at: (310) 986-6442 x 156 or wanda@susweb.org.

 


 

2016-2017 SUS-KARL STORZ RESIDENT SCHOLAR AWARD

SPONSORED BY AN UNRESTRICTED EDUCATIONAL GRANT FROM THE KARL STORZ

 

The application process has now closed for this award.

ELIGIBILITY

This award is intended for residents in any of the surgical disciplines who are doing research focused on surgical innovation, bioengineering, information technology and data management, or surgical education utilizing new technologies. 

 

Eligible residents will have completed two years of training in the United States or Canada by the start date of the award (July 2016) and agree to spend at least one year in full-time research with an SUS member. Co-mentoring by a non-SUS member is acceptable providing there is clear documentation of a collaborative relationship between the SUS research mentor and the non-SUS research mentor.

SUS Executive Council and Scholarship Committee members are excluded from mentoring fellows and have been listed below. If your intended research mentor is on the following list you are NOT eligible:

 

Timothy Donahue, MD
Rebecca M. Minter, MD
Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD
Gregory D. Kennedy, MD, PhD
Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS
Adil H. Haider, MD, MPH
Rebekah White, MD
Kasper Wang, MD
Scott Steele, MD
Benedict Nwomeh, MD
Dai H. Chung, MD
O. Joe Hines, MD
David J. Hackam, MD, PhD
Sharon Weber, MD
Timothy Pritts, MD, PhD
Thomas Aloia, MD
Gretchen Schwarze, MD
Timothy King, MD
Eric Liao, MD



FUNDING PERIOD:   July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
 

STIPEND

This is a one-year award of $30,000.  The funds can be used for either salary or expense support, but must be expended solely for the sponsored research project. No indirect costs will be covered. Generally, indirect costs would refer to costs such as electricity, water, internet services, janitorial services, etc., for which the award does not pay the institution at which you will conduct your research, but it is always best to speak with your Chair for guidance and procedures. The stipend is expected to cover the cost of the awardee presentation requirement which is listed below (i.e. no additional travel funds will be provided). The purchase of any equipment greater than $1,000 must be adequately justified in a budget justification section.



COMMITTEE REVIEW

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern Time. Applications will be reviewed by the SUS Scholarship Committee, who will notify the top-ranking applicants in late May, inviting them to interview online on Thursday, June 16, 2016 between 5:00-7:00PM Central Time. Additional details on the interview process will be sent to the chosen applicants. The successful applicant and the SUS research mentor(s) will be notified by email following the Council meeting.


AWARDEE PRESENTATIONS

The awardee will be expected to provide the SUS office with an interim written report on the status of your research by December 31, 2016 You will also be required to appear at the 2018 Academic Surgical Congress  to provide a final report on your research at the AAS/SUS Research Awards Session.
 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The application is submitted using an online system and is located at:  www.SUSweb.info 


BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

Applications must be submitted using the online submission site: www.SUSweb.info, which closes on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 11:59PM Eastern Time. All files must be uploaded by the applicant IN PDF FORMAT (REQUIRED). Grants which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines will not be reviewed.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their institution’s contracts and grants office for information regarding processing requirements for grant applications prior to submission and ensure compliance with institutional policies and procedures. While each institution's policies differ, many require notification of intent to submit a proposal at least one month prior to the application submission deadline. Familiarize yourself with any institutional deadlines you must meet, and allow plenty of time for the review and authorization process, as well as delays or unforeseen circumstances that may arise. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

The application process consists of the following steps:

 

1. RESEARCH APPLICATION

Applications must use either 11 pt. Arial or 12 pt. Times Roman font. There is a 4.5 page limit with standard one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages, including continuation pages. No information should appear in the margins, including the PD/PI's name and page numbers. The research application should be structured as follows:
 

  • Hypothesis and Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Significance and Innovation (1/2 page)
  • Approach (2 pages)
  • Career Plan (1/2 page)
  • References (1/2 page)

 Preliminary data can be included in the Approach Section; however, this section must not exceed 2 pages. Grants which are incomplete or do not follow the page limits or formatting guidelines above will not be reviewed.

 

2. INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORIZATION FORMS

Approvals must be submitted from the Chairman of the Department and the administration (Dean or Fiscal Officer) of the institution in which the research will be performed verifying various institutional requirements and approvals (e.g. research, administration, human subjects and animal care committee, approvals etc.). Please download and print a hard-copy of the Award Authorizations Form, available on the Dashboard page once you have validated your application. NOTE: Validation and Submission of your application are 2 separate activities. Validate will tell you what your application is missing and Submit will mark it as complete and ready to submit to the Scholarship Committee. You may validate as often as you like, it will not change or submit your application.

 

3. ANIMAL OR HUMAN SUBJECT AUTHORIZATION

Approvals must be submitted for the use of animal or human subjects, if appropriate. The SUS would not fund a project which might not receive animal use committee approval.  IRB and IACUC can be stated as pending, but would need to be approved and submitted prior to the start of the award funding (by June 30). An approved IRB may be submitted as the “human rights” authorized officer. 

 

4. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:

 
THREE letters of support must be included with your application:

 

A. SUS MEMBER SPONSOR: The letter from the SUS member sponsor should cover the basics of recommendation-why they have chosen to be your mentor/sponsor, their thoughts on your proposal, research, honors, publications, etc. They should indicate the value they feel in your participation/application and may choose to include comments regarding your abilities and your potential contributions to the field. Please note: To meet the eligibility requirements, the SUS Member Sponsor must be a member in good standing. The SUS Member sponsor may check their member status by contacting Ochun Farlice at the SUS Membership Department at ochun@susweb.org.  


B. RESEARCH MENTOR: A letter from a research mentor or collaborator familiar with your research describing his/her own mentorship track-record and outcome of previous trainees. The research mentor’s letter should provide the mentorship plan, including information on research environment, plan for supervision, and other educational activities during the course of the award period.


*If the Research Mentor and SUS Member Sponsor are the same person, we request that you submit a second faculty recommendation letter that comments on your candidacy for the award, ability to complete the proposed work and, overall research aptitude.


C. DEPARTMENT CHAIR: 
The letter from the Chairman (whether or not he/she is an SUS member) should indicate the research capability of the applicant and the institutional support for the applicant in terms of salary, laboratory space, and protected time available for the pursuit of research and confirmation that the institution will not subject the award to an indirect costs tax.

  

5. BIOSKETCHES

All biosketches are required to be in the newly published NIH format (updated May 25, 2015) and a sample can be found at:
 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm#biosketch

 

A biosketch is required and must be uploaded for each of the following: 
 

  • Applicant Biosketch-Please be sure to include an additional section on previous research experience.
  • Sponsor Biosketch 
  • Mentor Biosketch All mentors significantly involved in the research project must submit a biosketch.

 

Each biosketch should include the items outlined below: 

Education and Training:  Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional training, and include postdoctoral training.

 

Positions and Honors:  List honors and previous positions, including your present position, in chronological order.

 

Peer-reviewed Publications:  Please list only peer-reviewed publications and manuscripts that have been accepted for publication. Do not list abstracts, manuscripts submitted or in preparation, invited commentaries, letters to editors,
lectures, presentations, non peer-reviewed articles or book chapters.

 

Research Experience:  List both ongoing and completed research projects.

  

6. FACILITIES AND RESOURCES DESCRIPTION

Upload a description of the Facilities and Resources available to the applicant that will exist during the time of the award. 

 

AWARD CONTACTS:

For questions regarding award eligibility or qualifications, authorizations and application content, please contact Alyson Ruppel in the SUS office at: (310) 986-6442, ext. 107, or by email: info@susweb.org.

For technical questions and submission site issues, please email: support@susweb.info.

For questions regarding SUS Member status, please contact Wanda Myers, Director of SUS Membership Services, at: (310) 986-6442 x 156 or wanda@susweb.org.