The NACC New Investigator Awards are awarded each year to promising early-career investigators from across the ADRC Program to support their career development and advance their research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD).
The Request for Applications for the 2023-24 New Investigator Award Cycle is now closed.
Two New Investigator Awards were offered for the 2023-2024 award cycle ($135k each).
Two application tracks were available to choose from:
- Traditional track: This track was open to proposals focused on any AD/ADRD-related research topic.
- DEI-focused track: This track was reserved for proposals with a strong DEI and/or health disparities research focus within AD/ADRD
Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 New Investigator Awards!
Michael Devinney, PhD, Duke/UNC ADRC
Shea Andrews, PhD, UCSF ADRC
The Scientific Review Committee reviewed the scientific merit of the applications, and the NACC Steering Committee selected one winner from each track.
NACC congratulates the winners of the 2023-24 New Investigator Awards!
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About the New Investigator Awards
Features of a Successful New Investigator Project
Successful New Investigator Projects are hypothesis-driven and address a scientific question outright. Investigations of reliability or validity or diagnostic/data standardization are also acceptable.
Research proposals should advance new approaches that have the potential to reveal new biomarkers, disease mechanisms, or novel therapeutic approaches and may be rooted in multiple disciplines, for example, but not necessarily limited to; studies in epidemiology, neurology, psychiatry, gerontology/aging, psychology, imaging/radiology, pharmacology, informatics, and data science.
The maximum total funding for each project will be $135,000, which is inclusive of any indirect costs.
- The funding must be spent within two years of the grant being received.
- The budget justification should detail how effort or other budgeted items are necessary to support the proposed project.
- If the project is awarded funding by the Steering Committee, NACC will distribute the award to the Center Director as part of the Center's annual NACC sub-award. The Director will be responsible for redistributing the funds internally (via an appropriate internal accounting mechanism) to the New Investigator and for tracking these project costs independently of expenditures associated with other NACC projects in the same funding cycle.
View a short webinar about early-career funding from NACC:
New Investigator projects may leverage NACC data
but are not required to. Projects that allow the investigator to visit and/or collaborate across Centers to meet with experts or obtain study-specific data are encouraged.
- You must be a new investigator. New investigators are defined as post-doctoral fellows, residents, or junior faculty that have not yet been promoted to associate professor rank (MD or PhD), within five years of rank, and not already having had an R01 grant. Researchers and investigators with a higher or lower academic rank are not eligible to apply.
- New investigators must be affiliated with one of the 37 ADRCs located in the United States.ADRC Directors must provide a letter on behalf of each new investigator award applicant confirming this affiliation. ADRC Directors please see this link for a template letter.
All New Investigator proposals are reviewed and scored by the Scientific Review Committee according to NIH guidelines and evaluation procedures. The award winners are then selected by the NACC Steering Committee based on these scores.
While a formal mentoring relationship with a senior investigator is not required, applicants are encouraged to include a senior investigator as a mentor or consultant.
FY2024-25 Project Timeline:
The project timeline can cover one or two years; however, because the funds will be awarded in the first year, the project's budget must be for a single year.
- Fall 2023 - Funding Announcement
- January 2024 - Applications Due
- 2024 Spring ADRC Meeting - Award Announcement
- June 2024 - Funding Awarded
How to Apply
Step 1: Write a Research Plan
Prepare a research plan
that emphasizes methods and uses the following outline format. DO NOT SKIP ANY SECTIONS. Applications missing any of the following will be returned to the PI with no further review taking place.
The completed research plan should be inserted at the end
of your application packet.
- Research - question/hypothesis and brief rationale (approximately one-half page)
- Background (approximately one page)
- Overall significance of the research (approximately one-half page)
- Methodological development and innovative strategies (two-page maximum)
- Analytical approach - Describe the analysis plan in detail for each specific aim that will be used to produce the results. Please include the following:
- A brief statement of representative data analysis projects for which you have conducted the analysis yourself in the past; include the study design, software used and statistical techniques applied.
- A brief summary of the statistical analysis you expect to conduct to evaluate your hypotheses/research aims, including details about the types of estimates (e.g., odds ratios), statistical methods, and statistical software to be used. We understand that hypotheses and research aims may change over time, but please summarize your expected analysis based on your proposed research aims (three-page maximum).
- If using NACC Data include the potential data elements to be used as dependent and independent variables; additional data collection, if needed (no page limit)
- Mentoring plan (single page, if applicable)
- ADRC site visit / collaboration plan (single page, if applicable)
- Citation list (no page limit)
Step 2: Prepare a Research Proposal
All proposals must be prepared and submitted as a single PDF file via online submission. All forms packets should include the following PHS 398 form pages
- Page 1 - Cover (Face page) - The Center Director must be listed as the PI on the face page, with the New Investigator and any mentor(s) listed in the multiple PI section on the continuation page. The initial proposal does not have to be signed, but if the project is awarded funding, then a face page signed by a grants official will be required. Funding will be awarded to the Center Director, not the New Investigator (see section titled “Budget considerations” on page 3.) PHS 398 Cover Page Template
- Page 2 - Description, Performance Sites, Key Personnel, Other Significant Contributors. PHS 398 Template
- Page 3 - Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period (funding can be for one year or spread over two years). The Center Director and mentor are asked not to request FTE on the application. PHS 398 Template
- Page 4 - Budget Justification PHS 398 Template
- Page 5 - Biographical Sketch Format page (for the New Investigator and mentor only)
- Page 6 - Resources Format page PHS 398 Template
- Page 7 - Checklist Form page PHS 398 Template
- Page 8 Signed letter of support from the Center Director (View Template) including the following:
- Verification that the New Investigator has received appropriate training in the responsible conduct of research, as mandated by DHHS
- Confirmation that the Director accepts responsibility for disbursing awarded funds to the New Investigator and tracking project costs
- Beginning on Page 9 Research Plan (Follow guidelines listed above)
Step 3: Submit a Research Proposal
Application packets must
be submitted online. Please submit your application using the submittal form. For more information, contact NACC for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: Please select one track to apply for.
Submit Your Research Proposal Here
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