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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: office@iuga.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 (cocoschmid@hotmail.com ) and Alexandros Derpapas (akderpapas@gmail.com).




                              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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