RAPID Application Instructions



Initial Submission

Applications must include the following items*. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

  • Cover Page: indicate project title; PI name and contact information; funding path, name and email for primary mentor, division director, and department chair; and participation statement.
  • Letter of Intent (LOI): no more than two, single-spaced pages, using font and size Arial 11, with 1” margins. Please include the following:
    • Description of project proposal: this section must provide a brief overview of the project, including project aims, background, methods, evaluation, timeline, significance of the study, and how the findings address a gap in the literature.
    • Budget and Budget Justification: this should NOT include overhead (indirect costs), salary for the PI or mentors, or equipment for long term use (e.g. computers). A maximum of $1,600 is allowable for travel to the annual PAS meeting.
  • References: may be single-spaced and are limited to 1 page.
  • Biographical sketch: Please use the standard NIH biosketch form and do not exceed two pages. Instructions for completing the biosketch form can be found here. The NIH biosketch now includes a Personal Statement. As part of this statement, please describe how the proposal relates to and will help to facilitate the investigator’s career path for this purpose as it relates to the proposed research agenda. Please include a biosketch for both the applicant and primary mentor.
  • Letter of support from the primary mentor: This letter should describe the mentor’s track record of successful mentoring, prior mentees and their current positions, and the plan for regular meetings and communication with the mentee (e.g. frequency and duration of these meetings). A typed signature is acceptable if an electronic signature is not available.
  • Letter of support from the department chair: This letter should detail mentorship and allocation of resources. Specifically, the letter should mention that the department chair supports the project and candidate, and will provide any additional resources needed to make the project successful (such as statistical support, research personnel, and any necessary equipment not covered by the RAPID award).

Initial Review

A panel, consisting of the RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC) and convened by Drs. Glenn Flores and Fernando Mendoza, the RAPID Program Director and Co-Director, will review the submitted LOIs and select candidates who will be invited to submit full proposals.

Full Proposal

Applications must include the following items*. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

  • Cover Page: indicate project title; PI name and contact information; funding path, name and email for primary mentor, division director, and department chair; and participation statement.
  • A statement: attesting that the applicant is a member of an URM group (please specify which one), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background. This statement should be on a separate page from the proposal.
  • Proposal: no more than 8, double-spaced pages, using font and size Arial 11, with 1” margins. Please include the following:
    • specific aims, background, preliminary studies (if applicable), detailed methods, evaluation, timeline (project must be completed within 1 year), description of key personnel, significance of the study and how the findings address a gap in literature, budget and budget justification, tables, and appendices. Long term career goals and goals for faculty development also must be articulated.
  • References: may be single-spaced and are limited to 1 page.
  • Biographical sketch: The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form and may not exceed two pages. Instructions for completing the biosketch form can be found here. The NIH biosketch now includes a Personal Statement. As part of this statement, please describe how the proposal relates to and will help to facilitate the investigator’s career path for this purpose as it relates to the proposed research agenda. Please include a biosketch for both the applicant and primary mentor.
  • Letter of support from the primary mentor: This letter should describe the mentor’s track record of successful mentoring, prior mentees and their current positions, and the plan for regular meetings and communication with the mentee (e.g. frequency and duration of these meetings). A typed signature is acceptable if an electronic signature is not available.
  • Letter of support from the department chair: This letter should detail mentorship and allocation of resources. Specifically, the letter should mention that the department chair supports the project and candidate, and will provide any additional resources needed to make the project successful (such as statistical support, research personnel, and any necessary equipment not covered by the RAPID award).

Full Proposal Review

A second study section, consisting of the RAPID NIC and convened by the Program Director and Co-Director, will review and score the full proposals and prepare 1-2 page summary reviews that will be sent to all applicants. Funding decisions will be based on the results of the study section review. The number of proposals selected for funding will be determined by the funds available for the given year. The awardees will be announced at the annual PAS meeting.

Review criteria for full proposals include:

  • Relevance of the proposed project
  • Likelihood of project success
  • Evidence of high potential for future career success in biomedical, behavioral, social, clinical, or health services research
  • Outstanding mentorship
  • Commitment and mentoring track record of the primary mentor
  • Support from the applicant’s division chief, department chair and home institution
  • Overall quality of the submission

RAPID awards will be given with the understanding that the project is completed within one year. Awardees are encouraged to submit abstracts from their projects to a PAS meeting and to submit a manuscript summarizing the project results to the APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, for possible publication.

  • A no-cost extension (NCE) for 6 to 12 months is possible, subject to justification and approval by the APA and RAPID leadership.

Mentorship

Each awardee will be paired with a RAPID National Advisory Council (NAC) member, an accomplished, nationally-recognized senior investigator. The NAC mentor will be available to:

  • provide advice and input on the project
  • complement the PI’s mentor by offering additional mentoring on an as-needed basis
  • supply networking opportunities for awardees in their field
  • provide career advice to awardees regarding future academic pursuits
  • be in regular communication with the awardee via phone calls, emails, and in-person during the annual PAS meeting

Awardees will be required to participate in monthly conference calls as well as attend a two-day educational symposium on career development and academic success. Additional travel funds will be provided to cover the cost of conference travel and attendance.

*Please Note: Incomplete submissions and application materials that exceed the requested page limits will not be considered for review.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the APA central office by calling 703-556-9222 or email yia@academicpeds.org.


 

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