The CRTG is designed to provide promising young clinicians with the research training opportunities needed to become productive clinical investigators in neuromuscular disease research. This training opportunity is designed to be compatible with the requirements of a traditional clinical fellowship in neuromuscular disease and any forthcoming requirements for certification in neuromuscular disease. Trainees will be expected to design their own educational plans and to participate, under the supervision of a mentor, in the development and/or coordination of a clinical research project. At minimum, trainees should gain experience in the basic epidemiological methods of clinical research, ethical and legal issues, and the principles involved in monitoring patient-oriented research, including regulatory requirements and quality assurance. Recipients are also encouraged to acquire knowledge of and exposure to research technologies, large dataset management, bioinformatics and other research tools, as well as to develop the communication and collaboration skills necessary for successful investigator development. Clinical Research Training Grants will be awarded annually to no more than two qualified recipients for the amount of $90,000 per year for two years.
*Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact MDA staff before submitting a letter of intent for this grant.
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Am I eligible for a Clinical Research Training Grant?
To be eligible to apply for an MDA Clinical Research Training Grant, an applicant must:
What is the Duration of a Clinical Research Training Grant?
Clinical Research Training Grant awards are for two years. Payment for year two is contingent upon satisfactory completion of required coursework, approval of the planned clinical research project, availability of research funds, submission of applicable institutional requirements for human subject protection and animal care, and the receipt of a satisfactory mentor letter.
What is the Funding Level and Percent Commitment for this Grant?
This Fellowship is funded at up to $90,000 per year, with a cap of $85,000 to be applied to salary and benefits, and a cap of $10,000 to be applied to coursework, travel and a laptop computer. Applicants are expected to commit 100% of their time to this Fellowship.
How Many Grants are Awarded Each Year?
No more than two grants will be awarded annually.
How Should the “classwork” Requirement be Met?
Applicants are asked to design an “educational program” including formal classwork in clinical research. The classwork requirement can be satisfied through many different mechanisms including classes in relevant areas offered at the applicant’s own institution or classes offered by government or private organizations, or some combination of both. Both certificate and credit hour classes may be counted toward the educational requirement. Examples of appropriate topics for classwork include, but are not limited to epidemiology, ethics/responsible conduct of research, study design/clinical trials design, use of human subjects, scientific writing/grantsmanship, and good clinical practice. Your application will be reviewed, in part, on the breadth and depth of the educational plan that you develop.
What is Meant by "development or coordination of a clinical research project"?
Your second-year project should allow you to apply information that you gained from the first-year coursework in a clinical research setting. Planning for this project should begin in year one. Appropriate projects might include, for example, participating in a clinical trial, conducting a restrospective chart review study, or designing and implementing a small epidemiological study. Your role in the design, execution, and/or data anaylsis for the research project should be clearly delineated. The project should not be a laboratory research project. It is expected that a publication or presentation at a scientific meeting will result from the research project.
Does Interacting with Research Patients Count as Patient Care?
Interacting with patients while participating in research efforts does not count as patient care. Over the course of the two-year fellowship, grantees must participate in the equivalent of at least 6 months full-time patient care (including inpatient and outpatient care). Typically this is done by spending approximately 10 hours per week dedicated to patient care.
Is this Program Compatible with Certification in Neuromuscular Disease?
Certification requirements for neuromuscular training are currently under development. This fellowship is meant to be compatible with requirements for such certification. If you plan to seek certification in neuromuscular training, please indicate this in your applicant statement and educational plan, and include the requirements for certification in your educational plan. How will Progress be Judged? Progress reports will be required at six months, 12 months and 18 months, with a final report at the end of the project. Applicants who are not judged to be making satisfactory progress will be subject to cancellation.
What Are the Deadline Dates for Applying?
Are There Any Guidelines for the Letter of Intent?
In drafting a letter of intent, please submit a succinct overview of your intent to pursue a two-year program of training in neuromuscular diseases and clinical research methodologies. Briefly summarize your proposed curriculum and research project, including the relevance of your proposed research to a disease or diseases specifically named in MDA’s program. Include specific information about future career plans related to clinical research in neuromuscular disease, and how the training grant will help to facilitate the achievement of these career goals. Remember to include your Specific Aims and mentorship information. Do not exceed the space on the page provided. You will be asked to describe the plan in greater detail later in the application.
How Do I Track My Application?
You may track whether your grant has been reviewed, is pending an award or has not been funded through proposalCENTRAL®. You will need to login to your account to view the status of your application.
How are Applications Reviewed?
Applications are reviewed by members of MDA’s Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). Review criteria include: quality of applicant; quality of mentor and training environment; and quality of educational plan. See the CRTG Policy Manual for more detail.