Promoting XXcellence in Women's Health: Optimal Management of Women and Girls with Blood Disorders: Annual Research Grant Award 2017

Award Target: New Faculty or Fellows

Award Amount: $15,000, 1-year

Number of Awards: 1

Application Due Date: April 28, 2017 (11:59 PM EDT)

Download the 2017 FWGBD Annual Research Grant Process Description and Criteria (PDF) HERE

Download the Award Application Form (PDF) HERE

Introduction                         
Menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause present unique challenges in women and girls with blood disorders. Undiagnosed, untreated blood disorders in women have medical consequences at every life stage. Delay and/or failure in diagnosing and treating blood disorders in women and girls are major public health problems, resulting in significant morbidity, reduced quality of life, days lost from work and school, unnecessary invasive procedures and high health care costs. 

The experience and training of three internationally recognized physicians in women’s blood disorders, Drs. Andra James, obstetrics and gynecology, Barbara Konkle and Roshni Kulkarni, hematology, underscored the need for a foundation focused on education and awareness; their discussions culminated in the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders (FWGBD). In 2010, the FWGBD, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was launched to serve as a single site, single source of information and education for physicians and healthcare providers. 

FWGBD’s Mission is to ensure that all women and adolescent girls with blood disorders are correctly diagnosed and optimally treated and managed at every life stage by: 

  • Raising awareness and educating the key healthcare providers for each particular life stage, including but not limited to, pediatricians, family practice providers, internal medicine physicians, obstetricians, gynecologists, hematologists/oncologists, geriatricians, nurses and social workers
  • Translating and disseminating provider information and research

The Foundation is dedicated to achieving the correct diagnosis and optimal treatment of blood disorders and accompanying reproductive problems in women and girls with bleeding disorders--von Willebrand disease (VWD), other factor deficiencies, platelet disorders, immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP); the thrombophilias; sickle cell disease (SCD) and sickle cell trait (SCT); and anemias.

FWGBD has been effectively gaining recognition and momentum as a key resource for providing education, guidance and expertise to physicians and other healthcare providers in the care of women and girls with blood disorders. FWGBD’s Board and Medical Advisory Committee members (http://www.fwgbd.org/about) are leaders in clinical care and research in the area of women and blood disorders.

The FWGBD Annual Research Award

The overarching purpose of this award is twofold: to assist new faculty or fellows in conducting research in hematology and/or in obstetrics/gynecology in the area of blood disorders —all blood disorders—affecting women and girls; and to further and sustain their research interest in improving the lives of these women and girls.

The objectives of the 2017 FWGBD Promoting XXcellence in Women’s Health: Annual Research Grant Award are to:

    • Foster and sustain interest/knowledge of the next-generation of healthcare providers, i.e., physician-researchers working in Blood Disorders Affecting Women/Girls
    • Foster collaboration between two core disciplines for WGBD—the Obstetrics/Gynecology and the Hematologist
    • Support an opportunity for junior faculty or fellows to conduct research in this important area

Eligibility
Eligible applicants must:

      • Submit a complete application (see criteria below) 
      • Be an MD or DO who is up to 3-years post-fellowship as of July 1, 2016 or a current fellow, in Hematology or Ob/Gyn
      • Have a research mentor who is senior faculty at the applicant’s home institution for the duration of the award
      • Demonstrate active, working collaboration with a peer in the related discipline—Obstetrics/Gynecology for the Hematology applicant and Hematology for the Obstetrics/Gynecology applicant
      • Have a pending IRB approval at the submission of the grant application

Available Funding
This award is intended as a supplemental non-salary research support grant, for a one-year period; the award total is $15,000. This grant award cannot be used toward indirect costs. Extension to two years for expending the full one-year amount will be considered for reasons that will amplify or benefit the research project and its impact on health outcomes for women/girls with blood disorders. The funding can be used toward:

        • Statistician
        • Database
        • Technician
        • Lab Supplies

Other non-salary items related to the research project will be considered and are subject to approval by the FWGBD Award Review Committee.

Responsibilities and Conditions 

        • Grants Agreement: Upon acceptance of the research grant, the awardee and FWGBD will sign a formal Grant Agreement prepared by FWGBD's legal counsel.
        • Acknowledgment:  Any publication, thesis, or presentation reporting the results and/or analyses of the research award shall acknowledge the support of both the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders, as outlined in the signed Grant Agreement. Awardee agrees to provide FWGBD with a copy of any publication, abstract, or presentation reporting the results and/or analyses of the award project.
        • Rights and Welfare of Human Subjects: The recipient is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects in any clinical research activities involving the FWGBD awardee.
        • Progress Report: Awardee is required to submit a Six-Month Progress Report (of 2-3 pages) and a Financial Report from the showing that the grant funds have been applied to the specified, covered items in the grant award. The exact deadline for submission of this report will be listed in the awardee’s Grant Agreement. Upon receipt and approval of the progress report by the FWGBD Research Award Review Committee, FWGBD will issue the final check representing full payment of the award to the recipient.
        • Final Report: Awardee is required to submit a Final Narrative and Financial Report on the 12-month anniversary of the awarding of the Grant as described in the Grant Agreement and by the date listed therein. 

Application Process
Candidates must submit completed applications no later than 11:59 PM (EDT) on April 28, 2017, merged into one PDF document to: kfunkhouser@fwgbd.org

      1. Award Application Form, which can be found HERE (PDF)
      2. Candidate's Biosketch - Standard NIH format
      3. Research Mentor's Biosketch - Standard NIH format
      4. Research Mentor's Letter of Support/Statement* (1-page max., 12-point font/.5" margins)
      5. Letter of Support from collaborating specialist  - Ob/Gyn or Hematologist 
      6. Personal statement** from applicant outlining his/her career development plan, the significance of this research area regarding his/her career, and the impact of Award (2-page limit in 11-point Arial font with .5 inch margins)
      7. Research Proposal (max. 2 page limit in 11-point Arial font, with .5" margins, excluding references)
            • Scientific Question
            • Background/Need
            • Method
            • Anticipated Results
            • Expected Timeline (through completion date of the Project)
            • Signficance for W/G with blood disorders
            • References
      8. Budget (in an Excel spreadsheet) 

* The Mentor Statement should provide a clear delineation of his/her role the role in the Project and affirm the Mentee has protected time to complete research.
** The Mentee Statement should provide a clear delineation of his/her role in the Project.

Criteria for Assessing Applications
Applications will be selected for funding based on the completeness and strength of submitted materials, including the following:

      • The proposed research project’s significance to blood disorders in women and girls
      • The interest of the applicant in blood disorders in women/girls as a core area of their career in Hematology or Ob/Gyn
      • The quality of the research project
      • The research mentorship available and provided to the candidate
      • Roles of the Mentor and the Awardee/Mentee are clearly delineated
      • Having the recommended cross-discipline collaboration and the quality and level of this collaboration between Hematologist and Ob/Gyn
      • Qualifications, experience, and level of involvement

To reiterate, interdisciplinary research proposals involving collaboration between a reproductive health physician and a hematologist are preferred.

Timeline 
All complete applications must be e-mailed by April 28, 2017. Other dates of importance are noted below:

Applications are due

April 28, 2017

Notification of awards

May 31, 2017

First grant award payment

June 30, 2017

Progress Report due

January 5, 2018

Project Final Report due

June 30, 2018

Final grant award payment (contingent on report)

July 16, 2018