|Research Starter Grants|
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The purpose of the PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants is to offer financial support to individuals beginning their independent research careers at the faculty level.
This program supports individuals beginning independent research careers in academia who do not have other substantial sources of research funding.
This program is not offered as a means to augment substantially externally funded research efforts. It is intended to offer support for researchers who are starting their independent research efforts.
The areas of interest within this program consist of research that supports the career development of scientists engaged in innovative computational and experimental research to integrate cutting-edge information technology with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in:
This program is not designed to provide support for the application of standard informatics packages to experimental biology or medicine.
The program provides a research grant of $100,000 for one year.
Research projects that extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products are not acceptable in this program. This exclusion does not preclude research in which specific drug products are used to test hypotheses that have a general applicability.
The "starter" aspect of the program strives to assist those individuals who are establishing careers as independent investigators in the field of informatics. The program is not offered as a means to augment an ongoing research effort nor is the grant intended to be used for any direct effort to obtain further extramural funding. The funds are to be used to conduct the proposed research.
The funds have limited restrictions - a characteristic of the program. In an effort to gain the maximum usefulness, some guidelines are in order. The funds may not be used for salary support of the grantee, but may be used to support technical assistance. The support of technical assistance may include the hourly wages of a technician; however the funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs for the technician. No more than $1,500 a year may be used for travel to professional meetings by the grantee. Indirect costs are not provided to the institution, and grant funds may not be used for this purpose.
Applications, however good, which do not meet the aims of the program will not be considered.
Those holding the academic rank of Assistant Professor (or Research Assistant Professor) within a tenure track (or Research track) appointment, i.e. not Instructor, are eligible to apply for these research starter grants, providing their proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism.
Applications must be submitted by an accredited U.S. school, and all applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications are to be submitted via the Foundation website and received by September 1, 2013. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date.
Applicants will be judged on the scientific worthiness of the proposed research, and on the degree of need. If support is obtained after the application has been submitted, the Foundation must be so informed.
Before an individual is eligible to apply for a PhRMA Foundation award, the applicant must first have a firm commitment from a U.S. university. These funds are not transferable.
These grants will begin on January 1, 2014 for a period of 1 year.
Research Starter Grant Application Components
1. General Registration Information