2014 Young Investigator Award Criteria

                                       NANETS Young Investigator Award

Purpose: The purpose of the NANETS Young Investigator Award is to encourage investigators at the end of their fellowship or beginning of their faculty appointment to pursue basic and/or translational research focused on neuroendocrine tumors.

Award Term: The NANETS Young Investigator Award will provide $50,000 per year for one year.  Award funds will be directed to the sponsoring institution. At the conclusion of the award period, the recipient must provide NANETS with a written progress report of research performed during the award period and a budget reconciliation.

       • Candidates must have a MD, MD/PhD, PhD, DO degree or equivalent
       • Candidates must be in the first 5 years of  a faculty appointment (instructor, research scientist or above)
          in an accredited medical school or other institution in North America
       • Candidates must be a NANETS member 

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) studies of neuroendocrine tumor epidemiology, risk factors, clinical outcomes, novel treatment strategies, and translational research projects with clear clinical significance. The research proposal can include development of a clinical trial and/or correlative studies involving existing clinical trials.

Grant Application:  The grant application must have the following components:

       A. Career Development plan (1-2 pages): written by the mentor and applicant. This should include intramural coursework/seminars, protected time, participation in intramural clinical trials and plans to attend national meetings focused on neuroendocrine tumors.

       B. Personal statement by the candidate (1-2 pages): the applicant should include description of any past research projects, evidence of interest in neuroendocrine tumors, and description of how the project will contribute to the future development of the candidate as a clinician and/or investigator in the field of neuroendocrine tumors.

       C. NIH biosketch of the applicant (2 page maximum)
       D. NIH biosketch of the mentor (2 page maximum)
       E. Letter of institutional support (1 page)
       F. Research Plan (no more than 3 pages) containing the following elements:
                    • Specific Aims
                    • Background and Significance
                    • Preliminary Data (if available)
                    • Methods
       G. Proposed Budget The funds can be used to support the salary of the applicant, research expenses and/or                                                travel. Indirect expenses are capped at 5%.

Review Process:  Deadline for submission of the application is June 30, 2014 (11:59 pm PDT).  Please submit either a PDF or Word document to research@nanets.net.  An email will be sent to confirm your submission was received.  Applications will be reviewed by members of the NANETS Executive Committee and  the NANETS Board of Directors.  Notification to the winner(s) will be made by August 15, 2014 and funds will be dispersed to the sponsoring institution by December 31, 2014.

Disclaimer: “Funding of this award 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."