American Society of Hematology

Apply for the ASH Research Training Award for Fellows

The Research Training Award for Fellows (RTAF) offers three funding opportunities for MD and MD-PhD researchers between their second and fifth year of fellowship.

  • Junior Investigator RTAF: for individuals whose research has been initiated but no preliminary data has been collected
  • Senior Investigator RTAF: for individuals whose project has been initiated and has data
  • Second Year of RTAF Support: for current RTAF recipients who want to apply for a second year of funding

Eligibility Requirements

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

Junior Investigator RTAF

The junior investigator award is for individuals whose research has been initiated but no preliminary data has been collected. 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. 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 fellow in a hematology, hematology/oncology, or hematology-related training program in the United States or Canada.

Other Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Research Training Award for Fellows:

  • Be an ASH Associate member in good standing or have a membership application pending. To verify your membership status, please log in to your ASH account.

    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 in good standing 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.
  • Provide 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.
  • Eligible applicants may not hold other ASH awards during the RTAF award term.
  • Eligible applicants may not hold other career-development funding during the award period, including but not limited to foundation and NIH career development awards (e.g., K12, K23, K01 K08, T32).
  • The RTAF is to be the recipient's main source of salary support; however, 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.

Please note: assistant professors and National Institute of Health employees are not eligible to apply.

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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 system.

All applications must include 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)

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

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Apply for a 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 system.

The application should include a joint letter from the awardee and his/her mentor, which addresses the following:

  • Aims of the original grant application and progress made on those aims
  • Objectives for the additional year
  • Why an additional year of funding is necessary from a career development perspective
  • Why a second year 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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Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

Applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the RTAF study section. Applicants will be evaluated in two categories (MDs and MD-PhDs) 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

There is no limit to the number of applications that an institution and its affiliates may 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.).

Finalist Interviews

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

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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 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 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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