Research Proposal Submission Guidelines
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Foundation Research Award
The AAOA Foundation seeks to advance allergy research and knowledge for the treatment of otolaryngic conditions by inviting applications for grants to conduct research in the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of otolaryngic allergy. Funds are available to support multiple projects each year; each project may have total direct costs of $10,000.
The award’s primary purpose is to generate new knowledge that will result in better understanding of allergic conditions. Aligning with the Foundation’s mission, proposals must have a primary allergy endpoint or be of substantial importance to the AAOA.
Residents and medical students are encouraged to apply. The principal investigator and/or listed key personnel on the grant proposal must be current AAOA members in good standing, or become an active candidate for membership.
- Amount: $10,000 maximum total direct costs. These funds may not be used to cover indirect costs.
- Period: 1 year, non-renewable
- Funding: Between two and eight $10,000 awards will be awarded annually.
- Applicants must be AAOA members or have completed an AAOA membership application to receive funds.
- Letters of notification will be sent approximately six to eight weeks from submission deadlines.
- Start date: If awarded, the funds may be activated as early as September 1 (for the June 1st submission deadline), or March 1 (for the December 1st deadline).
- Results must be presented at an AAOA scientific meeting, and a manuscript based on the results must be submitted to the AAOA’s official journal (International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology).
A detailed budget and budget justification constitute part of the application and will be evaluated as part of the review process. Please note that budget expenses may be audited. Guidelines for use of grant funds are as follows:
Use of Funds
Salaries and Benefits: Funding may not be used for salary support for the PI; however, up to 50% of the total budget may be requested to support assistants or other technical personnel.
Research Support: Allowable research expenses include: supplies, equipment, consultants, travel for presentation at AAOA scientific meetings (capped at $1,500); statistical services, including personnel and computer time, and publication costs for manuscripts directly resulting from the supported program of research. All equipment and supplies purchased with this grant become the property of the recipient institution.
The American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy Foundation will evaluate applications for this award.
Applications must be submitted through the AAOA Foundation proposal submission portal (link below). If you have any questions or difficulty accessing portal, e-mail Kate Chenal at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Applications should include:
- Abstract and Research plan (see below for materials to be included)
- Budget and Budget Justification (click here to download template)
Your submission should include:
Please describe in 400 words or less the purpose, aims, and impact of your proposed research aims.
2. Research Plan
In a 4-page research plan please include a description of the following (budget and budget justification are not considered in the 4-page limit.):
- Importance of Research to AAOA
- Statistical plan and a justification of sample size
- Potential pitfalls
- Future directions
- Limit to two pages
4. Budget and Budget Justification:
- Include Key Personnel, pertinent background, and roles
- Click here for the budget template
All documents should conform to the following:
- 11-point Arial font
- ½” margins
- Maximum of four pages (not including Budget Justification and References)
Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by the AAOA Foundation Review Committee. Following review, the committee will make funding recommendations to the AAOA Foundation Board.
Carefully designed and feasible studies of allergic pathophysiology or conditions will be considered.
Additional evaluation criteria include:
- scientific, technical, and medical significance and originality of the proposed research;
- appropriateness and adequacy of the design of the project and the methods to be employed in its evaluation;
- appropriateness of the plan for the statistical management of the data;
- appropriateness of the budget and the duration of the proposed research project;
- availability of research resources and the patient population necessary to perform the research
- provisions for the protection of the subjects and safety of the research environment
In carrying out its stewardship of research programs, the AAOAF may request information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this program. Accordingly, recipients are hereby notified that they may be contacted after the completion of the award for periodic updates on various aspects of their employment history, publications, support from research grants or contracts, honors and awards, professional activities, and other information helpful in evaluating the impact of the program.