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ACCP Report - November 2014

2015 ACCP Research Institute Research Grants and Investigator Training Programs


ACCP RI Futures Grants

ACCP RI Futures Grants

The ACCP Research Institute Futures Grants is a new mentored developmental awards program providing research funding through two competitive granting mechanisms: (1) student and resident research awards and (2) junior investigator research awards. The goals of this program are to support the development of research skills among early-career ACCP members and to establish sustained interest and careers in clinical pharmacy research. This program targets student and resident members of ACCP, as well as junior investigators, who desire to conduct research.

Mentored Student and Resident Research Awards

Grants of up to $5000 for students and residents will be awarded according to the following: scientific merit of project, training and development plan, mentor qualifications and resources, and student/resident qualifications.

Mentored Junior Investigator Research Awards

Grants of $10,000–$40,000 for junior investigators will be awarded according to the following: scientific merit of proposal, qualifications and resources of primary mentor, mentorship plan, resources and environment, biosketch of investigator, and project budget.

The Call for Proposals will be issued on April 1, applications will be due on June 1, and the awards will be made by September 15, 2015. For more information, go to www.accpri.org/investigator/.

Mentored Junior Investigator Research Awards

Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT)

The Research Institute is excited to introduce a new training program designed to assist pharmacists with developing the abilities necessary to conduct investigator-initiated research, either independently as a principal investigator or as an active coinvestigator within a research team. Positioned between the ACCP Research and Scholarship Certificate Program and the Focused Investigator Training (FIT) Program, the new MeRIT Program seeks candidates who are pharmacy faculty or practitioners with limited research experience, ideally, and who are:

  • committed to incorporating research into their professional careers,
  • interested in generating research themes or obtaining preliminary data for larger funding opportunities,
  • aspiring to be active principal or coinvestigators within a research team, and
  • able to commit at least 10% effort to research.

MeRIT is a 2-year longitudinal program that uses a combination of live and virtual teaching/mentoring methods to provide trainees the support and education they need throughout the entire research experience (i.e., from idea to publication). The inaugural MeRIT Program will be held July 9–13, 2015, concurrently with FIT, on the campus of the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy, in Athens, Georgia. The 2015 MeRIT Program application and tuition will be available soon at www.accpri.org/investigator/. Letters of intent to apply will be due February 28, and the application process will close on March 31, 2015.

Focused Investigator Training (FIT)

Focused Investigator Training (FIT)

The Research Institute is pleased to announce that the 2015 Focused Investigator Training (FIT) Program will again be held at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Georgia, July 9–13, 2015. The FIT Program pairs experienced and funded faculty mentors with mentees for 5 days of intensive proposal development work. The program curriculum offers:

  • Small-group proposal development sessions
  • Tip-rich lectures and discussions
  • One-on-one faculty appointments
  • Protected time for proposal development and revision

The ideal applicant is a mid-career, fellowship-trained, tenure-track or research-focused pharmacist. Attendees take the necessary steps to ready a K, an R01, or a similar investigator-initiated application for submission/resubmission to the NIH or other major funding source. The 2015 FIT Program application and application instructions are available at www.accpri.org/investigator/. Letters of intent to apply are due February 28, and applications will close on March 31, 2015.