Award amount EUR 50,000.-
Duration: 1 to 2 years

Deadline: July 5, 2019

Since 2018, the ÖGDV Clinician Scientist Research Fellowship in dermatovenereology is open for applications. The goal of this fellowship is to promote the career of clinician scientists with a clear scientific interest and to provide them with protected time to carry out research projects.

APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS

The ÖGDV intends to promote research of young clinician scientists. Eligible are:

  • MD or MD/PhD not more then 10 years after the last graduation (minus time for child care)
  • Statement about career goal in research in dermatovenereology (signed statement)
  • Strong support for career development by leadership of an Austrian department of dermatology (signed statement)
  • At least 2 years of residency training in dermatology and venereology
  • At least 1 year of research experience (PhD work, postdoctor fellowship, research year abroad)
  • Active member of ÖGDV, highest possible career stage: assistant professor (associate professor excluded, no department/division chair)
  • Strong institutional commitment with written confirmation for protected research time
  • Cannot hold other research development support at the time of funding (i.g. FWF Schrödinger fellowship). Other federally funded research project award (FWF, OeNB, EU etc.) are advantageous. Other financial project support including industry sponsorship should be listed.
  • Of particularly high interest are proposals for the study of pathogenesis, epidemiology, new therapeutic approaches and outcomes research.

SELECTION PROCESS

Decisions are based on the scoring of two international referees. If several applications are submitted a scientific committee consisting of the honorary president of the ÖGDV, the historian (“Archivar”) of the ÖGDV, and a prominent non-dermatologic scientist with exceptional standing will select fundable projects.

APPLICATION MATERIAL (written in English language)

  • Statement of support from department
  • Summary of career plans
  • Summary of costs
  • Project description (max. 10 pages):
    1. Goals,
    2. Background/significance,
    3. Preliminary data,
    4. Experimental plan and career development aspects for applicant.,
    5. Project logistics (where, when, how will the project be carried out, how will research reagents, animal models, clinical subjects be recruited?),
    6. References,
    7. Curriculum vitae of applicant

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PROJECT START, BUDGETING AND CO-FINANCING

  • Human ethic and animal protocol approvals as well as statements about protected research time by department chair are prerequisite for the transfer of funds.
  • The funds can either be used for one full year of research or two years of protected research time at 50%. Co-financing (.g. reagents, 50% clinical work) must be guaranteed by the department.
  • Description of how additional costs will be funded beyond this award
  • National and international collaborations are desirable. Travel costs must be covered by   the department, i.e. they are not included in this award.
  • At the time of project start, 50% of funds will be transferred to a research account of the institution. The funds are exclusively awarded for the applicant and cannot be used for other purposes. No indirect cost can be financed. No transfer to other institutions is allowed.
  • Applicant must notify ÖGDV about co-financing of the same project by other sources. If the project is entirely funded by other sources, ÖGDV may retract its decision and request a refund.
  • In case of change of institution the award cannot be transferred, a new application can be submitted (max. 3 years).

REPORTING

  • Flexible use of funds with respect to personal versus reagent costs, but must be explained. No money transfer one year after end of project.
  • Within 5 months after project start a research report must be submitted before the second half of the funding can be transferred.
  • After completion of the project, a final budget must be submitted.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Publications must contain an acknowledgement: “This research was supported in part by a clinician scientist grant of the Austrian Society of Dermatology and Venereology”.