American Society of Hematology

ASH Research Training Award for Fellows

The application cycle is now open.

The ASH Research Training Award for Fellows (RTAF) is designed to encourage junior researchers in hematology, hematology/oncology, and other hematology-related training programs to pursue careers in academic hematology. The RTAF provides fellows in training with $70,000 for a one-year period to guarantee protected time for clinical, basic, or translational research.

The funds give trainees more time to generate sufficient expertise to be competitive when applying for other awards, such as the Scholar Award, which targets applicants with more extensive research experience and a record of past research success (e.g., publications). Applicants will also receive $1,000 the year after their award to support attendance at the ASH annual meeting.

The RTAF is open to both MD and MD-PhD researchers between their second and fifth year of fellowship. Additionally, funding is available each year for up to four RTAF recipients to apply for a second year of support.

Timeline

Application DeadlineJanuary 15, 2018
Finalists Interviewed in Washington, DCMarch 2018
Award Winners NotifiedMay 2018
Award ActivationJuly 1, 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the award is calculated beginning on the first day of fellowship, with exceptions made for leaves of absence.

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • Be an ASH Associate member in good standing or have a membership application pending. (Membership must be maintained for the duration of the award term). To verify your membership status, please log in to your ASH account. For assistance with your username or password, please contact membership@hematology.org.

    Not an ASH member yet? Take the first step. Submit your membership application at least three weeks prior to the RTAF application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.
  • Possess an MD, DO, DO-PhD, or MD-PhD degree
  • Plan to pursue an investigative career in hematology research
  • Propose research focused on a hematologic condition; solid tumor projects are not eligible
  • Have clear and documented support of an established mentor who has active funding (e.g., NIH, federal, foundation, or private) and will remain funded for the duration of the award term, or who is recognized through national clinical leadership (if the project is clinical)

    The mentor must be an ASH member at the time the application is submitted and must remain a member of ASH for the duration of the award term. If the mentor is not in a hematology-related field, a supporting letter from an ASH member is required. (Additional mentors can be recommended by members of the RTAF study section.)
  • Provide documented support from the program director for dedicated research time during the award period
  • Secure a document from an institutional leader who has the authority to ensure that at least 75 percent of the applicant's full-time professional efforts will be devoted to research during the funded period

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

Please note: The RTAF is to be the recipient's main source of salary support. In the event that the recipient's salary is not fully covered by the RTAF, supplementary funding from non-career development awards or grants may be used to pay the balance of the recipient's salary.

Junior Investigator RTAF

The junior investigator award is for individuals whose research has been initiated but no preliminary data has been collected. Additionally, at the time the award is activated, the applicant must:

  • Have less than five years of research experience
  • Have completed one year of clinical training within a hematology, hematology/oncology, or hematology-related training program in the United States or Canada
  • Be a second- or third-year fellow in an ACGME or RCPSC accredited hematology, hematology/oncology, or hematology-related training program in the United States or Canada

Senior Investigator RTAF

The senior investigator award is for individuals whose project has been initiated and has data. Additionally, at the time the award is activated, the applicant must:

  • Have completed two years of training within a hematology, hematology/oncology, or hematology-related training program in the United States or Canada
  • Be a fourth- or fifth-year trainee in a hematology, hematology/oncology, or hematology-related training program in the United States or Canada.
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Second Year of RTAF Support

Funding is available for up to four RTAF recipients to apply for a second year of support for the year following their initial award. The request for a second year of funding must be submitted by the award deadline in January through the online awards module. Part of the application will include a joint letter from the awardee and his/her mentor, which should address the following:

  • Aims of the original grant application
  • Progress made on these aims and objectives for the additional year
  • Why an additional year of funding is necessary from a career development perspective
  • Why continuing funding is needed and why the awardee was denied other funding (if applicable)
  • Plans for future funding applications
  • Evidence of publications or publications under review
  • Comment from the institutional leader justifying the need for a second year of funding
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Application Process

The RTAF application, as well as all supporting documents outlined below, must be submitted through the ASH online awards portal.

Required Application Documents

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Applicant NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Research Mentor NIH Biographical Sketch
  • Applicant Career Development Plan
  • Project Narrative
  • Primary Mentor Letter of Support
  • Institutional Commitment Letter from Training Program Director
  • Company Letter
  • ASH Member Letter of Support (only necessary if research mentor is not a hematologist and not an ASH member; one-page limit)

For more information about the required materials, please see the Required Documents PDF.

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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the RTAF study section. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • A focus on hematology research
  • The applicant’s qualifications and experiences; factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the potential for future independent investigation and commitment to a career in hematology research
  • Quality of the mentor and the plan for mentor-applicant interaction and career development
  • The significance, feasibility, and originality of the proposed hypothesis, research, and methodology
  • Availability of institutional resources to support the proposed project

Finalist Interviews

The RTAF study section will interview between 10 and 12 candidates for each category of the RTAF application: MDs and MD-PhDs. All finalists for the award must be available for interviews with the RTAF study section. The interviews will focus on determining the applicants' commitment to hematology and potential for success.

There is no limit to the number of applications that an institution and its affiliates can submit. However, no more than one award will be granted per a category (MD and MD-PhD) for any given institution. For this purpose, ASH’s definition of “medical school” encompasses all affiliate institutions (e.g., University of Washington would include the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, etc.).

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Terms and Conditions

All awards will be activated on July 1and will conclude on June 30 of the following year. Payment will be made to the appropriate financial officer for the institution as indicated on the proposed budget form.

As a condition of acceptance of the ASH Research Training Award for Fellows, it is required that:

  • All funds must be used for the research project specified in the application submitted to ASH in strict compliance with the budget included with the application or any subsequent budget approved by the Society
  • The RTAF is to be the recipient's main source of salary support. In the event that the recipient's salary is not fully covered by the RTAF, supplementary funding from non-career development awards or grants may be used to pay the balance of the recipients' salary. Monies cannot be used toward salary/benefits for the mentor or toward an institution's overhead or indirect costs.
  • RTAF recipients cite support from the American Society of Hematology in any publication describing research conducted during the period of the award.
  • The award recipient must dedicate at least 75 percent of his/her full-time professional efforts to research during the funded period
  • Award recipients complete a follow-up survey after the award period, which ASH will use to measure the effectiveness of the RTAF program

Final Report

RTAF recipients are required to submit a final written report (not to exceed four pages) within 30 days of the end of the award period. The report must detail how the funds were used over the award period and should include a summary of the work performed and reprints of publications written by the fellow during the award term. The report must be sent to the ASH Awards Programs Specialist at awards@hematology.org

All final reports will be evaluated by the Oversight Committee. The committee may need to follow up with a recipient after the final report has been submitted; RTAF recipients must be responsive to these requests.

Please note:Failure to submit the final report will render the applicant ineligible for the $1,000 travel award (applied to the ASH annual meeting for the year following the award period) as well as other future ASH funding.

Change Requests

The Research Training Award for Fellows is primarily for salary support; however, up to $5,000 may be used for supplies and $1,000 for travel to the ASH annual meeting. Any requests to reallocate monies from the original budget must fall into these funding categories. All transfer requests must be sent to the ASH Awards Programs Specialist at awards@hematology.org.

Requests for budget reallocation will be reviewed by the Oversight Committee and, if needed, the ASH Treasurer. The budget reallocation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Allowability of request
  • Rationale for request
  • Indication that progress is being made in the research project
  • Submission of request prior to need

Unused Funds

Any funding not spent by the end of the award term must be returned to the Society when submitting the final report. A check made out to “American Society of Hematology” must be sent to the address listed below:

Allie Samis
Awards Programs Specialist
American Society of Hematology
2021 L Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

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Questions

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