AADR Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation Student Fellowship

Supported by Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation

Online Submission Opening July 2016
Deadline: October 13, 2016

Research proposals will be accepted for the 2017 AADR Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation Student Fellowship. This Fellowship is supported by the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF) and is offered to encourage research in the field of Sjögren’s Syndrome.

Founded in 1983, the SSF provides patients with practical information and coping strategies that minimize the effects of Sjögren's syndrome. In addition, the Foundation is the clearinghouse for medical information and is the recognized national advocate for Sjögren's syndrome. The Fellowship consists of a stipend of $4,000. Funds are not to be used to pay indirect, or institutional overhead costs.

The recipient will be announced at the 46th Annual Meeting of the AADR in San Francisco, Calif., USA, March 22-25, 2017.

Awards are open to both graduate and undergraduate students working towards a DDS, DMD, or PhD and are enrolled in an accredited institution within the U.S. Students must be sponsored by a faculty member at that institution. The Fellowship must be utilized between March 2017 and June 2018.

Candidates MUST be AADR members.

The AADR Fellowships Committee will coordinate review of the proposals. The Committee will include an expert in Sjögren’s selected by the Foundation. Each proposal will be evaluated on its scientific merits in a manner similar to that used for NIDCR grants. Awards will be made on the basis of creativity of the project, its feasibility, and its potential significance to Sjögren’s syndrome research.

(Instructions included in the online submission process)
A complete application includes:

Application Face Page:
Provide Name, Title of Research Project, Proposed Research Location, Proposed Dates of Project, Address, Email

Abstracts for the Research Proposal:
Provide a maximum of 150 words.

NIH Biosketch: Do not exceed 4 pages.
Provide Biosketch for applicant and faculty sponsor.

Research Proposal (Cannot be longer than 8 pages).

  1. Specific Aims
    State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved.

    List succinctly the specific objectives of the research proposed, e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, or develop new technology.
  2. Research Strategy
    Include Significance, Innovation and Approach
    1. Significance
      Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses.
      Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in one or more broad fields.
      Describe how the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field will be changed if the proposed aims are achieved.
    2. Innovation
      Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms.
      Describe any novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s) to be developed or used, and any advantage over existing methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s).
      Explain any refinements, improvements, or new applications of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions.
    3. Approach
      Describe the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Unless addressed separately in Item 5.5.15, include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted as well as any resource sharing plans as appropriate.
      Discuss potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success anticipated to achieve the aims.
      If the project is in the early stages of development, describe any strategy to establish feasibility, and address the management of any high risk aspects of the proposed work.
      Point out any procedures, situations, or materials that may be hazardous to personnel and precautions to be exercised.
  3. Resource Information. Facilities and equipment to be used for research project
  4. Other support for applicant and sponsor
  5. Recombinant DNA, Recombinant DNA Molecules:
    Indication that your project adheres to the current NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules.

Provide a brief estimate of budget items and amounts for the $4,000 Fellowship.

Letter of Recommendation from Proposed Supervisor:
Each application must be accompanied by a recommendation letter from the applicant's sponsor, indicating the dental school's and the sponsor's support of the proposed research. The sponsor's letter must indicate that the proposal is primarily the work of the student.

(If applicable) If utilizing Human subjects or Vertebrate Animals:
Provide documentation that your project has been approved by your Institutional Review Board.

Criteria for Evaluation:
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:
Presence of a testable hypothesis
Suitability of methods and facilities
Significance of problem
Likelihood of success
Clarity and style
Student potential
Experience of mentor

Applications should be submitted online by October 13, 2016.

Sheri S. Herren
Strategic Programs Manager

2015 Recipient
Annie Chou
University of California, San Francisco, USA

2014 Recipient
Kerry Leehan
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, USA

2013 Recipient
Adrienne Gauna
University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

2012 Recipient
Linae Collymore
Southern Illinois University, Alton, USA

2011 Recipient
Sheede Khalil
Boston University, Massachusetts, USA


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