Frequently Asked Questions
What are the eligibility criteria for the Young Investigator program?
Please click here for eligibility details. Briefly, young investigators at universities and research institutes in the United States and Canada with innovative projects and promising careers in pulmonary vascular disease are eligible. In addition to the eligibility criteria listed here, the following frequently asked questions about eligibility should be reviewed prior to grant application:
If I obtained my PhD in 2012 but I am still an Assistant Professor, am I eligible to apply for the 2017-2018 ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator award?
No. For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the funding cycle will begin on July 1, 2018, and thus you will be >5 years beyond your faculty appointment at the start of the award (as of July 1st of the award year).
If I have funding for a similar project, but that project does not specifically cover what my ENTELLIGENCE proposal covers, am I eligible to apply for the 2017-2018 ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator award?
It depends on how much overlap there is and also what your current funding level has been. The ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Award program is not designed for PIs who have independent funding. If the Steering Committee believes that you have already received substantial funding (including, but not limited to early career awards), your proposal will not likely be considered competitive with other proposals. The Steering Committee will also try to determine your early career status. It they believe that you are not considered a young investigator near the beginning of your career, your proposal may not be considered competitive with other proposals. This means that, even if there is little overlap between your proposal and your previously-funded projects, your proposal may not be considered competitive with other proposals.
I finished my last fellowship in 2014; however I have done several post-doc fellowships since earning my PhD degree in 2008. Am I eligible to apply for the 2017-2018 ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Award?
Generally, although you will be <5 years out from fellowship, having completed multiple fellowships and your PhD degree more than a few years ago, the Steering Committee may not considered you to be an early career young investigator.
I obtained my MD in 2009, completed a residence in Surgery in 2014, and am now a Clinical Instructor. Am I eligible to apply for the 2017-2018 ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Award?
Yes, you are <5 years out from training and at a rank less than Associate Professor, and thus you are considered a young investigator.
I will complete my current fellowship in June 2017 and have the option of extending it for another year under an NIH training grant (T32). As I will have completed my required fellowship term prior to the start of the next funding cycle, am I eligible to submit an LOI, even if I have a spot on an NIH T32 grant for 2017? Or, do I need to wait until I have completed my time on the T32 prior to applying?
You must have completed your primary research training (PhD or sub-specialty fellowship training) by July 1st of the award year, and have a firm commitment in writing from your home institution for mentored career development. If you believe that the proposed T32 training does not comprise primary training AND if you have the above-described institutional commitment, you should provide support of this in the LOI application and should be considered eligible to apply.
If my Letter of Intent (LOI) is not selected for full grant submission, may I reapply during a future grant cycle?
If you still meet the eligibility requirements, you may submit a proposal again in the future. Should you choose to apply again, please consider again all of the submission criteria carefully, particularly eligibility and feasibility. As noted above, if the Steering Committee believes that you have already received funding to establish your career and/or are no longer considered a young investigator near the beginning of your career, your proposal may not be considered competitive with other proposals. Thus, applicants who have had extended training, multiple degrees and/or multiple fellowships, current or prior research awards, or numerous publications may have their LOI rejected. In addition, if the project is not likely to be completed by the end of the 1-year funding period, the LOI may be rejected. Please review the rest of the frequently asked questions on this page, the Guidelines for LOI Submission, and the LOI Checklist carefully before submitting your LOI.
What is meant by mentored career development?This refers to the ways in which the young investigator (YI) and his/her mentor plan to support each other. The mentor should be involved in overseeing the means for adequate funding to support necessary research, ensuring protected time for the YI to complete his/her research and to investigate career development, and helping the YI obtain a firm commitment from the YI's institution. Documentation of adequate mentorship is an important component of the grant application and should be carefully addressed.
Does the mentor need to be based at the same institution as the YI, or can I use a mentor who is based at another institution who I maintain close contact with?
Having a mentor based at a different institution as the YI is not strictly prohibited. Note however that mentorship, career development, and academic/departmental support are important factors in considering merit for a YI award, and the mentor/applicant relationship is an important component of the grant application.
LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) SUBMISSIONS
How do I begin the submission process?
Initially, applicants should complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) form and submit the application, with complete contact information, through the ENTELLIGENCE online interface. Applications will not be considered if they are late, incomplete, or submitted by any means other than the provided website form. Click here for complete LOI guidelines, LOI form, and LOI Checklist. All grant applications must be approved by the Steering Committee after each applicant's LOI has been reviewed and accepted.
What is the length of the LOI submission sections?
The length of each LOI section should not exceed:
Introduction: 50 words
Background: 250 words
Hypothesis and Objectives: 50 words
Specific Aim 1, 2 and 3: 50 words per section (total maximum: 150 words)
Can I return to the LOI form on the ENTELLIGENCE website to make changes before official submission?
The LOI can be edited up until the LOI submission deadline. (For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the deadline will be November 2, 2017.)
How and when will I hear if my LOI was accepted?
After the LOI review ends, LOI applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection via email. Accepted applicants will be sent an invitation to submit a full grant proposal. The email will provide detailed instructions for the grant proposal submission, as well as information on grant award agreements. LOI applicants not selected will be notified via email accordingly. (For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the LOI review will end on December 1, 2017.)
GRANT SUBMISSIONS (BY INVITATION ONLY)
Who may submit a grant proposal?
Grant submissions are made by invitation only, after an applicant’s Letter of Intent (LOI) is accepted by the ENTELLIGENCE Steering Committee.
If my LOI is accepted, what is the official deadline for final grant submission?
For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the final proposal must be submitted by January 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM [local time].
Can I return to the Grant proposal on the ENTELLIGENCE website to make changes before official submission?
The Grant proposal can be edited until the Grant Submission deadline. For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the deadline is January 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm [local time].
Am I required to use a template for the grant proposal and budget?
Yes. Applicants should download the Grant Submission and Budget forms to their computer for completion. All completed applications must be uploaded on the ENTELLIGENCE website and submitted in PDF format, along with the specified documentation. Click here for complete grant submission guidelines, including links to the Grant Submission and Budget forms.
How may I expect to hear whether my grant proposal will be funded?
Applicants selected by the Steering Committee, and those whose projects were not selected, will be notified via email. Notification for the 2016-2017 grant cycle will be sent by March 20, 2017.
PROGRESS AND FINAL REPORTS
When must I submit progress reports and final reports?
Start of Research
Within 90 days following the award ceremony, an email supporting the start of the research project, with complete documentation, should be sent to Jill Freeman, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interim Progress Report
An Interim Progress Report must be submitted 6 months from the start of the research project. The Interim Progress Report template must be downloaded to your computer to complete. Once completed, the report must be uploaded to the ENTELLIGENCE website. Click here for the Interim Progress Report Template and other applicant forms.
At the end of the grant period, a comprehensive final scientific report summarizing the project's accomplishments must be submitted to the ENTELLIGENCE Steering Committee. This report must include copies of any reprints, abstracts, and/or manuscripts submitted, published, or in press as a result of the research. Payment of the final grant installment is contingent upon approval of the final report by at least two Steering Committee members. All final reports must be submitted within 90 days of the termination date of the grant. Final reports are essential to the function of the award. Failure to submit final reports may affect eligibility for future funding. The completed report must be uploaded to the ENTELLIGENCE website. Click here for the Final Report Template and other applicant forms.
DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDING TO GRANT RECIPIENTS
How is the grant recipient funding disbursed?
Funds allocated to each competition cycle will be distributed to successful applicants. Every project awarded will receive up to $100,000. The Steering Committee will decide the manner in which an award will be disbursed. The research project must be initiated within 90 days of the Award Ceremony in which the grant term commences and funds are to be disbursed. Award winners must submit all requested documentation. Funds are scheduled to be distributed in the following three installments:
• One-third (1/3) upon complete submission of paperwork (grant application agreement, IRB, W-9 Form from the institution, sample informed consent documents, if necessary, and IACUC, if necessary) and receipt of an invoice
• One-third (1/3) upon satisfactory receipt of an interim report and receipt of an invoice
• One-third (1/3) after completion of the research and upon satisfactory receipt of the final report and approval by at least two Steering Committee members and receipt of a final invoice.
Final reconciliation is required. If more than three installments will be paid, further progress reports may be requested before proceeding with payment.
Can I request an extension of my research project?
The ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Program is a 12-month mentored grant. If unforeseen circumstances lead to delays in completing the project in the specified timeframe, a request for additional project completion time must be submitted by the young investigator, mentor, and institution, explaining the reason(s) for the delay. In addition, a plan for completing the project successfully within a newly specified timeframe must be provided and approved by the Steering Committee in order to receive funding. Special consideration will be given by the Steering Committee to allow an additional period of time (maximum 12 months) to conduct research, but not to supply additional funding. Extensions will be considered on an individual basis only and are subject to final approval of the Steering Committee.
ENTELLIGENCE PROGRAM FUNDING
Where does the ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Award Program get its grant funding?
ENTELLIGENCE was established by Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. in 2005. The ENTELLIGENCE Young Investigator Award Program provides individual grants of up to $100,000 each to qualified investigators to conduct research via a 12-month mentored grant. ENTELLIGENCE is an independent program funded by Actelion and managed by Medtelligence. Neither ENTELLIGENCE nor Medtelligence have not-for-profit status. Click here for more details about the ENTELLIGENCE program.
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