New Investigator Award

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2023 Award Information

The 2022–2023 New Investigator Award cycle is now closed. The applications have undergone Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the review process. The official announcement of the 2023 NIA Recipients will be going out in February 2023. For those applicants who were not selected, reviewer comments will be shared with you in February.

Review and Selection Process

The NIA Review Committee consists of the following individuals:

  • Council of Sections Immediate Past Chair (NIA Review Committee Chair)
  • Council of Sections Chair
  • Council of Sections Chair Elect
  • Immediate Past Chairs of all nine AACP Sections

Review of NIA proposals is conducted in two phases:

  • In Phase 1, proposals are sorted by AACP disciplinary section and reviewed by peers from within that section. More information to assist the applicant in choosing a section to which a proposal should be submitted can be found below. During this phase, attention will be given to the appropriateness of the objectives and methods to ensure that expectations are within the scope of the project and achievable within the one-year timeline of the NIA.
  • In Phase 2, top scoring proposals from across all of the sections are compared to each other using scores and reviewer comments from Phase 1. Final funding recommendations are made based on the overall scientific merit, with additional consideration given to the contribution of the proposed research to the applicant's career and alignment of the proposal with the strategic goals and mission of AACP. 

Announcement of Awards

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of awards by February 2023. Selected new investigators will receive an award agreement that must be signed and returned to AACP before funds are disbursed.

Conditions for Accepting the AACP NIA

In order to accept the AACP NIA, the recipient must agree the following conditions:

  1. The recipient will use the funds solely for the purposes that are stipulated in the original research application and are approved by AACP. None of the money awarded by the NIA can be used for any disallowed project costs such as the principal investigator’s salary or indirect costs. Research should begin promptly after the award is received. Unexpended funds must be returned at the end of the award period.
  2. The recipient will electronically submit an interim progress report at the end of six (6) months (by September 2023) and a final report at the end of funding period (no later than May 1, 2024). The final report will include the research findings as well as a financial statement as to how the grant was expended.    
  3. The recipient will present his or her final research findings from the NIA project as the primary presenting author at the 2023 AACP Annual Meeting. An additional travel award will be disbursed by AACP to defray travel expenses.
  4. The recipient will acknowledge funding support from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in any publication, poster, or published abstract generated from the NIA project. Electronic copies of those publications, abstracts and posters should be submitted to AACP for record keeping.
  5. AACP must be notified when additional extramural funding is received within this funding period for the same project with overlapping research aims and budget.
  6. All NIA-funded research must be performed following all federal, state, and institutional guidelines established for Responsible Conduct of Research.

No-Cost Extensions

Request for a no-cost extension beyond the project end date must be made by e-mail to at least one month prior to its termination date. Requests will be carefully reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Termination of the Award

Circumstances may arise necessitating the termination of the project prior to completion by either the institution or the investigator. This may be arranged at any time by agreement between the individual, the institution, and AACP. Termination will be made with the understanding that all unexpended funds will be returned to AACP, and that any unpaid balance of the award will be cancelled.

Return of Unused Funds

Awarded funds that are not used are to be returned to AACP. If the investigator changes faculty appointment between institutions, transfer of funds needs to take place between the previous institution and the new institution by filling out the NIA transfer of funds form.