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IUGA Fellows Research Network (FRN) Grant Proposals Instructions and Application Form The following instructions aim to describe the goals and specifications of the FRN, and explain the process for proposing your study. The application form follows directly from these instructions. These instructions are supplementary to the IUGA FRN bylaws, which are available at www.iuga.org/groups/fellows. Purpose The purpose of the IUGA-FRN is to enable fellows to work cooperatively with leaders in the field of Urogynecology to conduct multi-centre research projects. The network provides the opportunity to form ties with colleagues throughout the world that will hopefully continue long after fellowship. Participation in the IUGA-FRN should help members become more effective and skilled researchers in their future careers. The IUGA-FRN will therefore both fund collaborative research between Urogynecology fellows and trainees, and provide a network of recruiting centres, to enable the rapid completion of these studies. Each study adopted by the FRN will recruit in as many centres as are available across the network. The ideal study for the FRN is therefore one that is not only feasible for recruitment in many different countries, but which will also benefit from this international approach. Grant Information In the first year of the FRN, a total of $20,000 US is available as an unrestricted grant from IUGA, which may be used to fund either one or two studies. The initial half will be paid upon award of the grant, after acceptance of a final full protocol and confirmation of REC / IRB approval. The remainder will be paid upon receipt of the 6-month interim report. Grants will only be paid to an institution and not an individual. Details of the types of costs that can be included in the budget are specified below. Accepting an FRN grant confers a number of responsibilities, detailed in the FRN bylaws. These include submission of the interim and final reports, and participation in monthly teleconferences with members of the FRN. Data generated by the study will remain the property of the FRN. Process for Adoption of a Study All submitted study proposals will be reviewed, and scored by members of the IUGA-Fellows Committee and the IUGA-FRN Board to produce a shortlist. The decision on which project(s) will be adopted will be made by a vote of the FRN members, at the IUGA Annual Meeting. After a research proposal is accepted, full protocol development will be completed by the project team and coordinated by the principal investigator (the fellow who prepared the proposal. The project team consists of the Principal Investigator (PI), the PI’s own academic supervisor/mentor and one investigator from each recruiting centre. Members of the Advisory Board will serve as project advisors and mentor protocol development, in addition to the PI’s own supervisor. Principal Investigators will submit a final protocol, which includes both a detailed budget of the project and the timeline for completion. This has to be reviewed and approved by the FRN and Advisory Board before implementation and distribution of funding. Presentations and Publications Grant recipients are required to submit an abstract of their completed research study for presentation at the IUGA annual meeting and submit a completed manuscript for publication to the International Urogynecology Journal. The selection of further meetings and journals for abstract and manuscript submission will be made by the PI and project team in consultation with the attending member of the Advisory Board. Authorship on each output from FRN studies will reflect the level of participation by IUGA-FRN members in design, data collection, and writing, and will comply with ICMJE criteria for authorship. The first paper or abstract submitted from a research project team should have the principal investigator as first or senior author. Abstracts and papers will be written by the project team members in consultation with the attending project advisor/mentor and the advisory board. Authorship will consist of at least one investigator from each recruiting centre. The names of all contributors to the funded multi-centre study will be acknowledged. All abstracts and papers must be submitted to the FRN for review 2 weeks prior to any submission. IUGA Fellow Research Network (FRN) GRANT APPLICATION PROJECT TITLE: STUDY TYPE: APPLICANT (name, institution, city/country, e-mail address): SUPERVISOR OF APPLICANT (name, institution, city/country, e-mail address): The proposed project has not received funding from any source prior to submission. Summary of proposed project (Up to a maximum of 400 words, please detail the aims, objectives, design, methodology, scientific and medical opportunities of the study.) SUGGESTED BUDGET Item Unit cost Amount Total APPLICANT’S AGREEMENT As the lead applicant, by submitting this proposal for the IUGA Fellows Research Network, I agree that if this research is approved and funded by IUGA, I will abide by the Grant Guidelines. This will include: submission of appropriate progress reports to the IUGA Fellows Research Network Committee. submission of the results of this investigation in the form of an abstract(s) to an IUGA Annual Meeting submission of a completed manuscript for consideration for publication to the International Urogynecology Journal Name of lead applicant: Signature: Date: Budget Indicate how you plan to allocate the funds in detail, following the format of the sample budget below. Specify amount in US dollars. Salaries for the investigators are not supported. First class/business class travel fees and computer equipment expenses are not supported. Salary support may be provided for personnel such as a computer programmer, statistician, or laboratory technician, if adequately justified. Support may be provided for supplies/materials related to the research study. IUGA will not pay indirect costs levied by an institution. SAMPLE BUDGET Item Unit cost Amount Total Computer programmer/data $40.00/hour 50 hours $2000.00 Entry Statistician SAMPLE $25.00/hour 20 hours $500.00 Patient stipend BUDGET Postage for patient questionnaires $100.00 .50 100 100 $10,000.00 $50.00 Material and preparation of $10.00 100 $1000.00 questionnaires Laboratory testing/supplies $40.00 100 $4000.00 TOTAL $17550 FRN GRANT SUBMISSION All documents should be submitted electronically to the IUGA office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org with a deadline of June 6, 2012. Please do not submit paper (hard) copies by fax or by regular mail to the IUGA office. If further information/documents are required, you will be contacted by the IUGA office. All questions regarding the IUGA Fellows Research Network Grant application should be directed to the IUGA Fellows discussion forum (http://www.iuga.org/group/fellows), or alternatively by email to Corina Schmid (email@example.com ) and Alexandros Derpapas (firstname.lastname@example.org). IMPORTANT INFORMATION: INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. UP TO TWO RESEARCH GRANTS ARE AWARDED EACH YEAR. FRN GRANT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLISHED SUBMISSION DEADLINE. SUBMITTED RESEARCH GRANTS WILL BE SCREENED BY THE IUGA-FELLOWS COMMITTEE AND IUGA-FRN BOARD AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD PRIOR TO THE ANNUAL MEETING. NEW PROJECTS WILL BE SELECTED BY VOTE OF THE IUGA-FRN MEMBERS WITH INPUT FROM THE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT AT THE MEETING. THE APPLICANT WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE OUTCOME BY EMAIL. AWARD RECIPIENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT EACH IUGA ANNUAL MEETING. .
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