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For 2014, the AAF will provide Scholar Awards exclusively to early- to mid-career scientists in the United States. AAF Scholar Awards will provide $150,000 per year for two years, with the possibility of an additional $150,000 for a third year, based on progress and potential. It is anticipated that many of the projects will continue into a third year and thus benefit from the full $450,000 Award.
Eligible applicants. Scientists may apply if their initial independent faculty appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent was not before February 1, 2004 (for exception, see Award Policies, Criteria for AAF Scholars). Applicants should have an independent research program, with national-level, independent funding. There is no citizenship requirement.
Although each Award names only one AAF Scholar, the AAF supports collaborative research. Additional investigators who will participate in the studies may be included either as Co-Investigators, who will play a direct role in the research, or as Collaborators, who will lend assistance and/or reagents, etc.
Nature of work to be supported. The program supports work in all investigative fields that may reveal new pathways in the pathogenesis of asthma. Studies may involve laboratory or clinical investigation, including genetic and epidemiological studies. Studies of humans are encouraged. The Program does not sponsor therapeutic trials.
Eligible institutions. Investigators from nonprofit research organizations in the United States may apply.
Application deadline. Applications are due February 12, 2014, 5 p.m. PST, for funding July 1, 2014.