New Investigator Award

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2021–2022 New Investigator Award Cycle

The 2021–2022 New Investigator Award Letter of Intent (LOI) submission site will open July 29, 2021 and deadline to submit is August 26, 2021. Please read the background information, eligibility criteria below prior to submitting and follow this webpage for regular updates on the NIA cycle! 

Letter of Intent Submission

Background

Sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the New Investigator Award provides start-up funding for the independent research programs of early-career pharmacy faculty. This grant is intended to be the first extramural research funding received by a faculty member as a principal investigator (PI), with the goal that research funded by the NIA will provide a foundation for future scholarly endeavors and continued extramural funding success. Each grant of $7,500 to $10,000 (no overhead allowed) will be awarded in early 2022. Intramural university or college/school start-up support may be used to supplement the proposed research.

An eligible applicant must have an earned terminal degree (Pharm.D., Ph.D., or equivalent) and have a regular full-time faculty appointment at the assistant professor level at a U.S. college or school of pharmacy that is accredited by ACPE (either candidate or full accreditation status). The applicant's institution must be a regular institutional member of AACP, and the applicant must also be a current individual member of AACP. The applicant's initial appointment to a full-time faculty position, whether at a previous or current institution, must not be earlier than July 1, 2016. A faculty member who has been a PI on an AACP NIA or equivalent starter grant, on a professional (e.g., ACCP, ASHP, AAPS, PhRMA, etc.), organizational (e.g., American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, American Brain Tumor Association, etc.) or federal grant (e.g., NIH, NSF, AHRQ, DOD, CDC, etc.) as a faculty member is not eligible to apply. Proposals from applicants who do not meet these eligibility criteria will not be reviewed.

Only one application per investigator will be accepted for review. Each applicant is required to identify a research mentor (up to 2) with whom to discuss and review the application before submitting. Resubmission of previously unfunded NIA proposals are acceptable, and those applicant should include an additional page in their proposal in which to address previous reviewer comments.

If the 2022 AACP Annual Meeting is held live, each recipient of the 2022 NIA will also receive a travel award from AACP to present their research findings in Grapevine, Texas, July 23-27, 2022.

Eligibility

Proposals from applicants who do not meet the individual eligibility criteria or who are, at the time of the application deadline, employed at institutions that do not meet the institutional eligibility criteria will not be reviewed.

Institutional Eligibility

  • Applications will only be accepted from applicants currently appointed at U.S. colleges and schools of pharmacy that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) at the Candidate or Accredited status. More information regarding accreditation status of institutions can be found on the ACPE website.

Individual Eligibility

  • Eligible applicants must have an earned terminal degree (Pharm.D., Ph.D. or equivalent);
  • At the time of application, an applicant must have a regular full-time faculty appointment at the assistant professor level at an eligible institution (see above);
  • An applicant's initial appointment to a full-time faculty position, whether at a previous or the current institution, must not be earlier than July 1, 2016; and
  • Applicants must not have received previous grant funding as a principal investigator on an AACP NIA or equivalent starter grant, on a professional (e.g., ACCP, ASHP, AAPS, PhRMA, etc.), organizational (e.g., American eart Association, American Cancer Association, American Brain Tumor Association, etc.) or federal grant (e.g., NIH, NSF, AHRQ, DOD, CDC, etc.) once appointed to a faculty position. Previous funding from these types of sources while the applicant was still a student or postdoctoral trainee is acceptable.

AACP Individual Membership

An applicant for the NIA must be a current individual member of AACP to access the online submission portal. AACP individual membership application and renewal information is located on the AACP website.

Submission of a Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required as part of the application process. The LOI is an online form used to gather demographic information and a 250-word abstract of the applicant’s proposed NIA research project that will enable the review committee to begin selecting qualified reviewers for each anticipated application.

The LOI is to be completed through the CadmiumCD platform submission portal, which will open on July 29, 2021 and will be due on August 26, 2021.

Timeline

Letter of Intent (LOI) screening - After the August 26, 2021 due date, the submitted LOI will be screened by AACP Staff for eligibility based on the previous funding, earliest faculty appointment date, and current position. Applicant's will be notified in early September with an invitation to submit a full application.

NIA Application - Accepted applicant's will have until early October, 2021 to submit a full application once notified of acceptance.