Lessons for Success Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifies as "extramural funding"?

Extramural research funding refers to funding received from outside your home institution to support your research activities. These sources can include private foundations (e.g., ASHFoundation, Deafness Research Foundation) or federal or state agencies (e.g., NIH, Institute of Education Sciences, and Department of Veterans Affairs). For the purposes of Lessons for Success, extramural research funding does not include research funding received within your home institution, a loan repayment award, scholarship awards, personnel preparation grants, Small Business Innovation Research grants (e.g. SBIR), or community service grants.

What qualifies as a complete research proposal?

If you are uploading an NIH proposal, include all sections, i.e., the abstract, specific aims, research plan, bibliography, facilities and other resources, narrative, biosketches for all key personnel, protection of human subjects, and the inclusion of women, minorities, and children. If you are uploading a non-NIH proposal that did not require all of these sections, include all sections that were required. The uploaded proosal must include, at a minimum, an abstract, the specific aims, and the research strategy. Do not upload the budget or other sensitive financial information and, if the proposal includes a biosketch that lists grades, they should be redacted or blacked out.

Is it appropriate for me to apply for Lessons for Success if I have applied for, but have not received, external funding?

Because a major focus of Lessons for Success is the grant preparation and review process, the ideal candidate is one who has been successful in obtaining awards, such as an ASHFoundation research grant or an NIH small research grant, research fellowship, career-development award, or diversity supplement (eligible awards do not include loan repayment awards, scholarships, personnel preparation grants, or community service grants). In selecting participants, priority will be given to those applicants who have received external funding. On a space-available basis, applicants who have applied for, but not received, external funding will be considered for selection.

If I was recently awarded an R01 Research Grant (i.e., as Principal Investigator) from NIH, would I be considered an "early career scientist" for the purposes of Lessons for Success?

If you have received an R01 as PI, you are not considered a junior investigator for the purposes of Lessons for Success. This workshop is most appropriate for individuals who have recently obtained awards, such as an NIH small research grant (e.g., NIDCD Early Career Research [ECR R21], formerly the NIDCD R03), research fellowship, or career-development award, diversity supplement, or an ASHFoundation research grant.

What are the selection criteria and what will the application review process entail?

Each application is reviewed by two or three reviewers, who are senior investigators in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Participants are selected based on the applicant's level of research productivity (given the career stage) and promise for continued research productivity. Priority is given to applicants who have received external funding.

What if I am traveling to the program from outside of the U.S.?

You are still eligible to apply. Please note that travel from outside of the United States will be funded up to $800, roundtrip.

When will I be notified of my selection status?

Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by March.

Where can I get additional information?

You may contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education team at research@asha.org with any additional questions.

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