Federal Services New Investigator Research Grant

Sponsored by the ASHP Foundation
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Description
The ASHP Research and Education Foundation (ASHP Foundation) is offering a research grant program that will support demonstration projects related to implementation of the ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) recommendations in federal health care facilities and federally qualified community health centers. The overarching goal of the PPMI is to increase pharmacist participation on patient care teams as one of the professionals who is responsible and accountable for patients’ outcomes while delegating all medication distribution functions that do not require clinical judgment to qualified pharmacy technicians and technology. 

The following research priorities have been established by the ASHP Foundation for the Federal Services New Investigator Research Grant Program:

• Pharmacists’ Roles
• Pharmacy Technicians

The proposed practice-based research must be consistent with the vision, mission and strategic priorities of the ASHP Foundation. The PPMI is driven by a set of assumptions, beliefs, and recommendations from the November 2010 ASHP/ASHP Foundation PPMI Summit. The overarching goal of the PPMI is to increase pharmacist participation on patient care teams as one of the professionals who is responsible and accountable for patients’ outcomes while delegating all medication distribution functions that do not require clinical judgment to qualified pharmacy technicians and technology. 

Submission of studies that evaluate the pharmacy practice models in hospitals and health systems, with a focus on pharmacists’ and/or pharmacy technician roles is invited.  Applicants can find the beliefs, assumptions and recommendations from the PPMI Summit in the PPMI Web Resource Center and other PPMI-related resources. Clinical studies, including pharmacokinetic studies and medication effectiveness studies, are not supported through this program.


Eligibility
The proposed research must focus on the advancement of pharmacy practice models and be conducted by a pharmacist new investigator. The principal investigator must be a new researcher within five (5) years of completion of his/her terminal degree or postgraduate training or have professional experience greater than five years and no more than two (2) externally funded research projects as a principal investigator. The principal investigator must be a licensed pharmacist and multidisciplinary research teams are strongly encouraged.

A senior investigator must participate on the research team as a mentor/advisor.  In the application process and grant progress reports, evidence must be included regarding the support and involvement of the senior investigator.  For this grant program, the senior investigator assumes responsibility for compliance with all requirements of the grant program.  The senior investigator does not have to be a pharmacist.  Applicants must include an individual with a strong research track record as the senior investigator.  History of publication of original research in peer-reviewed biomedical journals and receipt of extramural grant funding will be used to evaluate the senior investigator’s research track record.

A biostatistician should be included as a member of the research team. Strong consideration should be given to allocating a portion of the budget to support biostatistics consultation.

The proposed research must be submitted to an institutional review board (IRB) for approval. Evidence of IRB approval must be provided to the ASHP Foundation upon acceptance of the grant award.  Grant funds will not be disbursed until evidence of IRB approval, or exemption from review, has been received.

Individuals who previously served as a principal investigator on any ASHP Foundation grant are eligible to apply if all work, including journal submission of the study findings, on the previously funded research is complete. If a tie score occurs during the grant review process, the grant will be awarded to the applicant(s) who has/have not received a grant from the ASHP Foundation previously. 

Not-for-profit organizations, for-profit entities, and government agencies are eligible to apply to this program. If a for-profit entity or government agency is a grant recipient, the monetary award provided by the ASHP Foundation must be received and managed by a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Applicant organizations must be in the United States of America to be eligible for the grant.

Members of the ASHP and ASHP Foundation boards of directors as well as ASHP and ASHP Foundation staff are not eligible to serve as a member of the investigator team for this research grant program. 

The research must comply with the NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research that was amended in October 2001. 

The research must comply with the NIH Policy and Guidelines On the Inclusion of Children As Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects.

The study timeline should not exceed 24 months from project initiation.

Senior investigators cannot apply for more than one grant in an application cycle.


Funding Information
One (1) $25,000 grant will be awarded. Grants will be awarded to pharmacist new investigators to provide funding that will evaluate the pharmacy practice models in hospitals and health systems, with a focus on pharmacists’ and/or pharmacy technician roles. Facilities and administrative cost rates that do not exceed 8 percent of the total requested budget are allowed.


Letter of Intent Submission Process and Selection Criteria

All interested applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent to the ASHP Foundation by September 30, 2013. This Letter of Intent must be limited to a maximum of two pages (using 11-point font or larger, 8.5 x 11-inch paper, 1-inch margins, single spacing and single-sided pages) and should concisely describe the study’s specific aims and hypothesis, rationale and significance, innovation, and approach. Headings should be provided for each of these sections. View the scale used to score the Letters of Intent.
 
Based on the results of external peer review of Letters of Intent, applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application to the ASHP Foundation. Prior to submission of a full application, applicants will be required to participate in a webinar that describes the grant program requirements and expectations. 

The full applications for the grant will be evaluated using the selection criteria listed below:

Overall Funding Priority Score = ________   (1-9)
Using the following rating scale, reviewers will provide an overall priority score to reflect their overall assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved. This score represents the reviewers overall assessment of the application and is not based only on the criteria-based score. View the scale used to score the applications.

Criteria Based Score = ________   (0-100)
 Using the following criteria, reviewers should provide an overall score to reflect their assessment of the study: rationale; objectives; significance and innovation; investigators and environment; study methods; and scope and timeline.

• Specific Aims and Hypothesis (20 points maximum)
• Rationale and Significance (10 points maximum)
• Innovation (10 points maximum)
• Investigators and Environment (15 point maximum)
• Approach (40 points maximum)
• Scope and Timeline (5 points maximum)


Submission Materials
Please submit letters of intent using the electronic submission process when available. Please note that the 2013 application cycle is now closed.

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Deadlines
The application cycle is now closed.


Grant Recipients
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