Background

The New York Academy of Medicine Academic Research Award in Dermatology Program provides funding for residents and early-career dermatologists performing basic science or clinical research relevant to the field of dermatology. Awards in the amount of up to $10,000 each are awarded on a competitive basis. These awards are intended to help the recipient further his or her academic career, and may serve as a basis for obtaining further/future funding. Preference will be given to third year residents enrolled in an accredited Dermatology training program or board eligible or certified dermatologists who have completed Dermatology residency training or fellowships within the previous two years.  Candidates are expected to conduct their research in a supervised research program in the greater New York area.

The New York Academy of Medicine Academic Research Awards will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit and the anticipated impact of the project on the field of Dermatology. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated a clear intention of pursuing a career in academic medicine, and have no active funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Preference will be given to third year residents enrolled in an accredited Dermatology training program or board eligible or certified dermatologists who have completed Dermatology residency training or fellowships within the previous two years. Candidates are expected to conduct their research in a supervised research program in the greater New York area. Candidates should have received appropriate training in biomedical research or have a mentor available to instruction.  Candidates are encouraged to pursue research projects that extend beyond the startup period. Candidates must show evidence of institutional commitment for the individual’s career development. Additionally, eligible candidates are required to be a US citizen, permanent resident of the US or authorized to work in the US for the period of time covered by this proposed award. For those individuals who may not meet this criteria, please email the program at fellows@nyam.org and exceptional circumstances may be considered. 

Application Process

Applicants must provide the following as part of their application:

  1. Completed Application Cover Page
  2. Objective of Research Project not to exceed (one) page
  3. Research proposal not to exceed (five) pages which should include project title, applicant’s name, faculty mentor’s name, research site and budget outline.  The font should be Arial with a minimum 11 point type size.  The application will be judged on the student’s input and creativity.
  4. Biographical sketch of the student, including research background, career goals and immediate goals for the research project
  5. Documentation of mentor’s IRB or IACUC protocol approval or submission (if applicable) or waiver. The complete protocol is not required, only the appropriate approval or submission cover page. Approvals for pending protocols must be in place by the start of the grant. In the case of animal research, include a copy of the institution's current HHS Animal Welfare Assurance approval or renewal letter, or a letter from the institution's research administration office affirming that the animal facility complies with all federal standards and has been so certified.
  6. Biographical sketch of faculty mentor. (Sample at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketchsample.doc)
  7. Signed letter of support from faculty mentor, including the role of the candidate, a plan for the mentor’s direct supervision of the candidate’s research activities, a plan for the candidate’s career development, and how the goals of the candidate will be achieved. Mentors are discouraged from sponsoring more than one individual per award cycle
  8. Letter of commitment from chairman and/or institution
  9. Title page including an abstract, significance of abstract and a brief description of what will be accomplished and why it is important
  10. Hypotheses and Specific Aims, stating a working hypothesis (or hypotheses) and the aims of the proposed studies.
  11. Background and Preliminary Data of project including description of the reasoning behind the proposal in the context of existing scientific knowledge, and if applicable, must provide any preliminary evidence supporting the hypothesis.
  12. Copies of Relevant Publications pertaining to research project
  13. Experimental approach to research which must describe how specific aims in terms of methodology and experimental design will be addressed 
  14. Proposed budget including itemized list the principal components of your budget and sufficient justification and detail to allow critical evaluation by the committee
  15. Professional shoulder-length photo in electronic format

To begin the application process, click on the link below. You will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz. Provided that you meet the program eligibility requirements, you will then be asked to register by creating a login and password. With your login and password, you will be able to access the online application, including the forms that you must upload and complete.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

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Award Information

This award will be for a 24 month period and provides funding for residents and early-career dermatologists performing basic science or clinical research relevant to the field of dermatology. Awards in the amount of up to $10,000 each are awarded on a competitive basis. These awards are intended to help the recipient further his or her academic career, and may serve as a basis for obtaining further/future funding.  This award will be paid directly to the sponsoring institution in three installments, 60% at the beginning of the award, 30% following the receipt and approval of the midyear report and the remaining 10% following the receipt of the final report. Announcement of the successful applicants for this award will be announced in time for research projects to commence on July 1.  The award may not cover indirect or overhead costs, or be used towards salary support for the candidate.  Candidates are eligible to receive only one award under this program. Grant recipients are required to submit progress and financial reports to the Academy at the mid-point and end of the grant period. Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in termination of the grant and refund of any award monies paid, and may negatively affect consideration of future applications from the grantee’s institution. In addition, it is expected that a paper on the research project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal will be submitted. For all publications, acknowledgment must be made of support from The New York Academy of Medicine.

Contact information

Office of Trustee & Fellowship Affairs
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029-5202
Tel: 212-419-3544
Fax: 212-419-3615
Email: fellows@nyam.org


 

Current & Previous Recipients
2015

Andrea Suarez, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
“The Role of SOX10 in Invasive Melanoma”