Purpose

The purpose of the NANETS BTSI Award is to encourage scientists at the end of their fellowship who have secured a faculty appointment or scientists beginning their faculty appointment to pursue research focused on neuroendocrine tumors. 

Award Sponsor

The 2020 NANETS Basic/Translational Science Investigator Award is sponsored by the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (link is external).

Eligibility

The BTSI is awarded to scientists at the end of their fellowship or in the beginning of their faculty appointment, who are predominantly focused on lab-based, basic/translational research. The BTSI is intended to encourage scientific inquiry in the field of basic/translational science as it relates to NETs.

NANETS welcomes applications from candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must have a MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DO degree or equivalent.
  • At the time of funding, candidates must be in the first 6 years of a faculty appointment at an accredited medical school or other institution in North America. Faculty appointments include instructors and above.
  • Candidates must be a NANETS member in good standing.
  • Previous recipients of NBTSI, NCIS or NTIG awards are not eligible to apply.

BTSI Selection Criteria

Criteria for selection will include both the research proposal itself and the potential of the individual to make future scientific and/or clinical contributions to the neuroendocrine tumor field. Strong emphasis will be placed on the career development plan and the applicant’s personal statements, as well as the research proposal. The research proposals section should focus on research projects with the potential to directly impact and improve the treatment of patients with neuroendocrine tumors. Appropriate projects would include (but are not limited to) risk factors, clinical outcomes, novel treatment strategies, and translational research projects with clear clinical significance. The research proposal can include the development of a clinical trial and/or correlative studies involving existing clinical trials.

Award Term

The NANETS Basic/Translational Science Investigator Award is a two-year $100,000 award and will provide $50,000 in funding each year, which will be directed to the sponsoring institution. Notification to the recipient will be made in mid-July 2020. The award period is November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2022. The first installment of funds will be dispersed to the sponsoring institution on or about November 1, 2020.

Reporting Requirements

The recipient must provide NANETS with a written progress report of the project and a budget reconciliation bi-annually. At the end of the second calendar year, the progress summary must include the following:

  • Scientific summary of the research project
  • Budget reconciliation
  • Any lessons learned that would be useful to other research scientists
  • Investigator’s future clinical and research plans, especially in regards to the field of neuroendocrine tumors
  • Listing of reference citations for all articles or presentations arising from the recipient’s research project
  • Description of how the BTSI research grant has impacted recipient’s career

Application Review and Notification Process

Applications are reviewed and scored by the NANETS’ Scientific Review & Research Committee comprised of NET medical research experts. Criteria for selection will include both the research proposal itself and the potential of the individual to make future scientific and/or clinical contributions to the neuroendocrine tumor field. Strong emphasis will be placed on the career development plan and the applicant’s personal statements, as well as the research proposal. The research proposals section should focus on research projects with the potential to directly impact and improve the treatment of patients with neuroendocrine tumors. Appropriate projects would include (but are not limited to) studies of neuroendocrine tumor biology, epidemiology, risk factors, clinical outcomes, novel treatment strategies, and translational research projects with clear clinical significance.  

Submission Period - CLOSED

April 1 through June 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Notifications will be made in mid-July.

 

New Submission Process!

NANETS is using an online system for the submission of applications. The system allows for editing until the June 19th deadline. Instructions are provided once you log in. The online system will lead you through the following required sections:

TITLE AND CATEGORY

  • Project Title
  • Select Category: BTSI, NCIS, NTIG

APPLICANT AND MENTOR(S) INFORMATION

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN

750 word limit. This should be written together by the mentor and applicant. It should include intramural coursework/seminars, involvement in cooperative groups, participation in tumor boards, description of clinical protected time and plans to attend national meetings focused on neuroendocrine tumors.

PERSONAL STATEMENT BY THE CANDIDATE

500 word limit. The applicant should include a description of any past projects, evidence of interest in neuroendocrine tumors, and description of how the project will contribute to the future development of the candidate as a basic science researcher and/or clinician in the field of neuroendocrine tumors.

MENTOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN

500 word limit. The mentor should include a description of how they will enhance the applicant’s career opportunities and leadership skills, outline their role in the mentoring relationship and ability to supervise the applicant, explain how they will provide a positive learning environment to include the institutional commitment of support for the mentor’s time.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

1,000 word limit. Please refer to the Selection Criteria outlined above and be sure to address the criteria specific to the grant for which you are applying.

PROPOSED BUDGET

Grant funds can be used to support the salary of the applicant, project costs and/or travel. Indirect expenses are capped at five percent (5%) and must be within the $100,000 total amount. The maximum grant amount is $100,000. 

UPLOADS (REQUIRED)

  1. NIH Biosketch of Applicant (5 page maximum)
  2. NIH Biosketch of Mentor (5 page maximum)
  3. Letter of Mentor Support (1 page maximum)
  4. Letter of Institutional Support (1 page maximum)
  5. Detailed Budget (xls, xlsx or cvs format)

OPTIONAL: You may upload one file with a maximum of two figures or tables (2 figures, 1 figure and 1 table, or 2 tables). Each figure or table must be numbered and have a clear title.

 

 

Instructions for Research Grant Submissions

 

Disclaimer

Funding is subject to the approval and availability of grant funds appropriated to NANETS. Therefore, NANETS reserves the right to alter the number of investigator awards, terms and allowances.