TAA Young Investigator Award

The Tourette Association of America (TAA) aims to encourage early career researchers to invest their efforts and expertise in increasing our biological understanding of Tourette Syndrome (TS), pursing clinical research aimed at improving patient care, and developing and testing new therapies.

2018/2019 Deadlines:          

Pre-proposal due November 1, 2018

Full-proposal due February 12, 2019

To apply: submit a pre-proposal here

Eligibility

  • The award is open to post-doctoral fellows, and independent clinical/research faculty members within 5 years of their first independent faculty appointment at the time of pre-proposal application submission.
  • Investigators are required to have an advanced degree such as a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent.
  • Investigators outside the U.S. are welcome to apply.
  • Applications must include a career development component as well as an independent research project.

Funding Level

The Young Investigator Award provides up to $80,000 per year for a total of 2 years (max $160,000).

Applications are Evaluated on the Basis of the Following Information

Career Development Components:

  • Candidate’s qualifications and objectives
  • Letter of recommendation from mentor
  • Description of how this award will benefit the candidate’s career

 

Research Project Evaluation:

  • Significance/relevance to the TS field
  • Methodology
  • Candidate’s experience relevant to the project
  • Percentage of time to be devoted to project
  • Adequacy and availability of research facilities and other project support
  • Ability to complete project in stated time-frame

 

Budget

The Tourette Association will consider reasonable requests for:

  • Salaries (for US institutions, NIH salary caps apply)
  • Laboratory supplies and other research-related expenses
  • Travel expenses for investigators (up to $1,500 per year)
  • Research equipment up to $5,000 (excluding equipment for personal or office use [e.g. computers])
  • Indirect costs of up to 10% may be included, but the total value of the grant may not exceed the levels stated above

Clinical Studies

Applicants for research grants involving clinical treatment are urged to read the following two documents:
• Considerations for Writing Clinical Treatment Studies Proposals
• Guidelines for Clinical Studies in Tourette syndrome

How to Apply

For preliminary screening, a pre-proposal briefly describing the scientific basis and relevance of the proposed project is required. Pre-proposal application forms can be submitted via the TAA website starting in August of each year.

 

Applicants invited to submit a full research grant proposal will be provided with instructions for downloading application forms and uploading the completed forms to our website.

Inquiries 

Please call 718-224-2999, ext. 222 or email diana.shineman@tourette.org.

Information for Funded Grantees:

Each award starts on the date that the first grant payment is made and extends for 12 (or 24) calendar months after that date. The first payment will be made only after all required documentation has been received.

Payment Schedule

1 Year Awards: 75% will be paid upon receipt of all documentation. The remaining 25% will be paid only after receipt of a financial report and an approved satisfactory final report, written by the grantee.

2 Year Awards: 50% will be paid upon receipt of all documentation. The 2nd payment (25% of the award) will be made 12 months after the commencement of the grant, after receipt of a financial report and an approved satisfactory progress report, written by the grantee. The final payment (25% of the award) will be made 24 months after the commencement of the grant, only after receipt of a financial report and an approved satisfactory final report, written by the grantee.

Progress & Financial Reports

A progress and financial report is due after the first payment of a grant and before a second and/or final payment is made.  The progress report should be approximately 3 pages in length and must explain the progress made with the grant funds from the time of inception of the project. The financial report should show how the grant funding was used from the time of inception of the project.  Please email all progress and financial reports to diana.shineman@tourette.org as an MS Word or Adobe PDF™ attachment.

Final & Financial Reports

A final and financial report is due at the end of the span of a project.  The final report should be approximately 5 pages in length. The final report must state the findings of the project, particularly with reference to the original research objectives outlined in the grant application. Was your project’s hypothesis or objective(s) proven?  If not, why?  If so, how? Relevant data in the form of tables, figures, graphs, etc. must be included in the report.  The financial report should show how the remaining amout of funding was used.  Please email all final and financial reports to diana.shineman@tourette.org as an MS Word or Adobe PDFTM attachment.

No Cost Extension

Grantees may request up to two 6-month no-cost extensions. In exceptional circumstances a request for a third no-cost extension will be considered. A brief (2-3 page) progress report must accompany each request. Requests for a no cost extension should be sent as an email attachment to diana.shineman@tourette.org.