Barbara Martin Aphasia Research Grant
Sponsored by the National Aphasia Association (NAA) and Academy of Aphasia (AOA)
The National Aphasia Association (NAA) and the Academy of Aphasia (AOA) invite clinicians and researchers who do not have current or prior external funding (e.g. NIH R01) to submit proposals in line with the mission of the NAA in competition for two aphasia research grants of $10,000 each. At least one award funded will be a clinical research grant. Funding will be disbursed in U.S. currency. These grants are designed to help further aphasia research activities by funding one-year, preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale aphasia research studies. Research should be focused to match a one-year scope and should have clinical relevance to aphasia. Projects can be focused on studying prevalence, prognosis, assessment or treatment of aphasia.
Note: The proposal deadline is July 1, 2023. The winners will be announced in September, 2023. The award dates are October 1, 2023-September 30, 2024. Award winners will submit to present at the Academy of Aphasia meeting (AOA) in October 2024 or 2025 and if accepted AOA meeting registration fees will be waived.
Investigators must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the NAA/AOA Barbara Martin Research Grant.
- The investigator must be a clinician who works with people with aphasia or a researcher whose work focuses on aphasia (the investigator does not need to have a PhD).
- The investigator must not yet have received external research funding for an NIH R01 or equivalent grant from other funding entities and must not have received a K08 or K23 award; prior internal university funding is allowed. The training grant NIH F32 does not disqualify an investigator from this grant.
- The proposal must be for research to be initiated, not currently in progress. The study should be completed in one year and the scope should align with the funding amount.
International applicants may apply and will receive funds in US dollars.
A review panel will evaluate the proposals based on the following five criteria:
- Significance: The potential for the study to advance aphasia rehabilitation and to impact clinical needs relevant to people with aphasia (PWA). Its significance as an early step in a research area of concentration must be clear and viable.
- Approach: The merits of the design for accomplishing the specific aims of the study and, if applicable, the potential challenges of moving the study toward completion. The appropriateness and feasibility of a detailed account of the method, including measurement and data-analysis plans, will be considered relative to the award size.
- Investigator: The perceived ability to carry out the study in one year, reflected by appropriate training, experience, and past accomplishments. The investigator outlines clear and detailed management and budget plans.
- Environment: The extent to which the investigator has access to needed scientific facilities, resources, personnel, and participants.
- Innovation: The refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, methods, or interventions leading to high impact on aphasiology.
Reviewers will assign scores on a 1–9 scale for each criterion (1=exceptional, 9=poor), as well as an Overall Impact score based on all five criteria. The Overall Impact score tends to reflect reviewers' assessment of whether the proposed study will be completed competently, be disseminated appropriately, will advance the investigator's research program for future funding, and has the potential to positively impact people with aphasia.
The five criteria contribute differentially to the Overall Impact score to correspond to the goals and funding level of the grant competition. A tightly designed, feasible study is most appropriate for this competition.
For new investigators, for example, Approach would be more heavily weighted and Innovation would be less heavily weighted. The promise of the Investigator will be highly prioritized but will be evaluated in comparison to other new researchers in the discipline based on the investigator's ability to clearly describe the activities and timeline necessary to complete the study in one year.
Proposal text should be single-spaced and placed in ONE PDF document containing all required sections in the order indicated. Please use stated titles (below) as section headers. Selected font should be 11 point and uncondensed, and margins should be at least 1 inch. Pages should be numbered consecutively. The ONE PDF should be uploaded to the google forms application page. It should include the following sections:
- Investigator Letter (limit 1 page)
Provide a letter of application addressed to the "Grant Review Committee." Explain briefly why you are pursuing the proposed study, the aims of the proposed research, how the study fits into your career development plan, and how the study aligns with the NAA mission. Include, as appropriate, information relative to your research interests and activities to date. Specifically indicate how your institution will support your research efforts. (Please note that this letter is not intended to be a replication of the investigator biographical sketch.)
- Abstract (limit 1 page)
Concisely describe the study's specific aims, methodology, and long-term objectives. Relate the study to future research and its potential impact on people with aphasia.
- Research Plan (limit 3 pages):
1.) Significance of Research
Outline the significance of the existing need and the importance of the proposed study in understanding, remediating, or compensating for the problem. Address the potential impact of the study’s activities on aphasiology.
2.) Approach-Design Methods, Procedures, and Evaluation
Provide both a description and a justification for the study design, including participants, measurement techniques, instrumentation, data analysis, and evaluation procedures. Address ecological validity, if the type of research warrants this. Address potential challenges that could impact completion of the study. This section should provide enough detail for reviewers to make informed judgments about the soundness of the proposed research procedures and its clinical relevance to aphasia.
Describe new methods or how current methods are advanced with the introduction of new ideas relevant to clinical treatment of aphasia.
- References and/or Appendices (as appropriate, limit 2 pages)
- Management Plan, Budget, Facilities and Resources (limit 2 pages)
Provide an outline of study activities and timelines. Describe the facilities, resources, personnel, and participants available to you for carrying out the proposed study. Include the budget. The study start date will be October 1, 2023. Incorporate the mid report deadline of April 30, 2024 and final report deadline of September 30, 2024 into the management timeline. Funds will be distributed for the second half of the funding period only if mid report is acceptable. Justify budget items for direct expenses. Funding will not cover institutional overhead and indirect costs. Up to $600.00 may be budgeted for travel expenses for the 2024 or 2025 Academy of Aphasia meeting. Funding will be disbursed in U.S. currency to investigators.
- Investigator Biographical Sketches (limit 5 pages per biosketch)
Provide NIH-style biographical sketches for key personnel. See link below describing the biosketch. Adapt the biosketch as appropriate for the investigator profile. An ERA Commons address is not required for this application. To see an example of an NIH-style biographical sketch, go to "Non-fellowship Biosketch (blank format page, Word)" after opening the link below.
- IRB Approval
If the study will use human participants, include proof of the Institutional Review Board's (IRB) approval.
If the IRB approval is not available at time of proposal submission, you should explain the status of the IRB approval process and ensure that approval documents are documented if awarded the grant. IRB approval is required no later than September 1, 2023.
It is essential to start the IRB approval process early. A lack of IRB approval documentation by September 2023 , will automatically disqualify the proposal from funding consideration. The investigator assumes full responsibility for meeting these requirements.
Protection of Human Subjects (if IRB Approval is not available at the time of submission)
If the IRB approval is not available, the investigator should provide the following information in this proposal (limit 2 pages):
1.) Describe the characteristics of the participant population, including the anticipated number, age range, gender, ethnic background, and health status.
2.) Identify sources of research materials in the form of specimens, records, and/or data.
3.) Describe plans for the recruitment of participants and the consent procedures to be followed.
4.) Describe the potential risks to participants (e.g., physical, psychological, social, legal, or other).
5.) Describe the procedures for protecting against or minimizing potential risks to participants, including risks to confidentiality.
6.) Discuss why risks to participants are reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits and to the importance of possible resulting knowledge.
- Statement of Institutional Commitment (limit 1 page)
Submit a statement addressed to the "Grant Review Committee" from your current supervisor in your employment setting indicating that the proposed study is endorsed and will not present a conflict of interest with your current responsibilities and commitments.
Winner Announcement: Applicants are notified of competition results in September 2023.
Required Mid and Final Reports: Grant recipients are required to submit a mid report and a final report of activities and outcomes to the National Aphasia Association. The report requirements will include a one page summary of the (a) stated aims (b) progress made/major accomplishments, (c) dissemination plans, and/or (d) challenges to completion.The National Aphasia Association and the Academy of Aphasia strongly encourage recipients to submit their results to appropriate journals. All presentations or publications from work funded by this award must include appropriate acknowledgement of NAA/AOA funding via the Barbara Martin Aphasia Research Grant.The winners will submit to be eligible to present at an upcoming Academy of Aphasia annual meeting.
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