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Early-Career Investigator Awards and Training Programs

ASH Awards Supplement Program

The goal of this effort is to offset the deleterious impact that research disruptions have had on the resources that current awardees have available to conduct research. This additional funding is exclusively for active recipients of ASH Research Training Award for Fellows, Minority Hematology Fellow Award, ASH-AMFDP, ASH Global Research Award, and ASH Scholar Award.

Important Information

It is anticipated that interest in this award will be very high and that the need is acute. As a result and out of respect for applicant time in addition to the closed eligible audience for this funding, this program does not require an LOI or full project narrative. Instead, applicants are asked about the impact that COVID-19 has had on their existing award budgets. Finally, ASH will not be providing critiques to applicants as a part of this program.

This program is intended to be a needs-based program and well-funded investigators are asked to forgo applying to this award as ASH resources are limited.

If you would like to support this program, please consider a gift to the ASH Foundation COVID-19 Fund.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a current awardee of one of the following ASH award programs:

  • ASH Research Training Award for Fellows
  • Minority Hematology Fellow Award
  • ASH-Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
  • ASH Global Research Award
  • ASH Scholar Award

Application Process


Budget & Justification. You can request up to $50,000 based on need (in increments of $10,000). Amounts requested may be adjusted to accommodate more awards. Allowable items include salary, supplies, training, staffing support, research expenses, and publication fees. No indirect costs may be taken.

Description of detrimental impact from the pandemic response (e.g. rescinded offer, reduction of funding, loss of funding, impact on productivity).

A brief narrative that includes specific financial impact resulting from the pandemic response and how the funding will be used to offset challenges faced and support the resumption of research.

Evaluation, Selection, and Notification

The review of the applications will consider the financial impact resulting from the pandemic response and how the funding will be used to offset challenges faced and support the resumption of research.

ASH Priorities

LOIs and applications that address key ASH priorities will be given an 0.1 improvement on their merit-based study section score for each priority (not more than a .3 improvement in total possible).

Priorities include:

  1. Applicant is a member of one of the following groups disadvantaged or underrepresented in academic medicine (as defined in the US):
    1. Women.
    2. Racial/Ethnic minority scientists.
    3. Members of the disability community.
    4. Members of the LGBTQ community.
  2. Research is focused on:
    1. Health disparities related to disadvantaged communities (e.g. women, racial/ethnic minority patients, disability community, LGBTQ community) including the study of the underlying genetics or biology that leads to different responses to treatment, different initiation or progression rates or differences in certain populations.
    2. A gap identified by ASH guidelines.
      1. Consolidated listing of identified gaps.
    3. A priority as indicated by the ASH Agenda for Hematology Research or ASH COVID-19 Research Agenda for Hematology.
      1. Consolidated listing of priorities.
    4. Sickle cell disease

There are no explicit limits on the number of awards per institution. However, in fairness to programmatic balance, institutional diversity will be considered in selecting the program recipients.

Individuals selected to receive this funding will be notified in June. Critiques will not be provided.

Terms and Conditions

Given the unprecedented times, ASH understands that program participants may need to adjust their RESEARCH PLANS from WHAT WAS originally envisioned. We invite creativity and will offer flexibility. Please email questions or concerns to [email protected].


In the event the recipient transfers to another institution during the funding period, continuation of the funding at the new institution may be allowed with prior approval from ASH. To obtain permission, the recipient must make a request in writing to the Society before the transfer occurs.


Recipients may request a reallocation of funds from one expense category to another by submitting the request in writing. This written request must specify the dollar amount, which categories are impacted, and a justification as to why this change is necessary.

All transfer and/or reallocation requests must be sent to [email protected].