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Travel Awards

Many junior investigators and post-doctoral fellows within the NIMHD Programs do not have independent grants that include travel funds to attend major meetings, such as the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees' Conference. Travel awards are being made available, on a competitive basis, to Conference participants.

The travel award is meant to subsidize each awardee's attendance at the Conference. For awardees from the metropolitan DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, the travel award will be limited to cover the Early Bird Registration fee.

One award will be given to an eligible post-doctoral fellow or junior investigator within each of the following NIMHD Programs:

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program

Centers of Excellence (COE) Program

Research Endowment Program (REP)

Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Program

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program

Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC) Program

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program

Transdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centers (TCC) Program

Eligibility

Abstracts submitted by students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior investigators, identified as the presenter on the Abstract Submission Form, will be considered for travel awards. A junior investigator is an individual who holds a faculty appointment and who does not have or has not previously received external, peer-reviewed Research Project Grant (RPG) or Program Project Grant (PPG) support from either Federal or non-Federal sources for which the individual is named as the principal investigator. Grants that name an individual as a co-investigator, collaborator, or consultant do not disqualify that investigator. Starter grants (such as NIH's FIRST award mechanism, R29), Academic Research Enhancement Award grants (AREA, R15), or exploratory/pilot project grants (such as NIH R03 or R21 awards) will not disqualify investigators.

Selection Process

Program committee members will review the abstracts, and travel awards will be based strictly on merit. Review criteria will include an assessment of significance of the research, rigor of the research design and data analysis, and level of innovation. Reviewers will be recused from scoring abstracts submitted from individuals at their institutions.

Awardee Notification

Awardees will be notified on or before September 15, 2014 of abstract acceptance as oral or poster presentation. At the time of award notification, each awardee will be required to obtain the signature of their respective NIMHD Program Director, verifying their status as a junior investigator, or a post-doctoral fellow. This will also notify each Program Director of the program's Travel Award recipient.