Woldenstrom Award - International Myeloma Society

IMS Career Development Award

IMS Career Development Award

The deadline of the International Myeloma Society's Career Development Award has been extended to February 15, 2021.

The International Myeloma Society is proud to announce a new initiative “IMS Career Development Award”. The IMS anticipates funding grants for young investigators focused on research in the field of plasma cell dyscrasias.

Goal: To foster the development of an academic career of young scientists pursuing research in the field of plasma cell disorders and to promote the development of the next generation of leaders in this field.  This award will also encourage interaction between institutions to enhance collaborative research

Request for Application: Applicants should submit the research proposal by February 15, 2021.

Budget. The grant will be an award of up to $75,000 dollars including maximal allowable institutional overhead of 8%. This may include 1 year of salary support for the grantee, budget for visa status adjustment and travel allowance. Applicants may apply for a second year of funding which will be evaluated based on research progress and available funding. The grantee should have a letter of support from an identified mentor willing to host the applicant for the period of the award. It is expected that the hosting laboratory will cover expenses for research consumables, equipment, and animal costs, if proposed. The applicant, if funded will also receive a complementary IMS membership for 1 year.

Eligibility. Applicants must be junior faculty, fellow or scientist with an MD, PhD, or MD, PhD who have not yet established themselves as independent researchers and who plan to have a career in the field of plasma-cell dyscrasias. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should not yet have received NIH funding or its international equivalent. Applicants with prior experience in laboratory research are preferred, but previous laboratory experience is not required. The proposed research should be in a different laboratory than the home institution and either the PI of the home or host institution should be an IMS member. The applicant should agree to acknowledge IMS as the funding source in any publication or presentation resulting from this funding. The applicants should provide a progress report at the end of the funding year and respond to periodic surveys from IMS to track career progress.

Research areas. Basic and translational research projects in all areas of plasma-cell dyscrasia are eligible for this proposal. Outcomes research and non-laboratory projects that do not require a stay abroad in a research laboratory do not qualify for full funding but may be considered to receive partial funding.

Application format

The research proposal should be total of 5 pages including figures but not including references and should include the following details:  Use 0.5 inch margins, single-spaced, Arial 11 font

  1. Specific Aims: (maximum 1 page)
  2. Research Plan: 
    1. Background & Significance
    2. Innovation
    3.  Preliminary results
    4.  Experimental Approach including methods and potential problems and solutions as well as statistical considerations.
  3. References (25 maximum).

Moreover, the application should include the following additional information.

  1. A statement of how the applicant meets the eligibility criteria and provide a rationale for how the research project in the selected laboratory will foster the career of the applicant (<200 words)
  2. Applicant’s CV
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s institution (Home Institution PI) that details the anticipated career path.
  4. A letter of support from the Principal Investigator of the hosting laboratory including a statement on mentorship, provision of research resources to allow and facilitate the conduct of the proposed research.
  5. Hosting Institution’s Principal Investigator CV to reflect his/her qualification as a mentor.

The deadline for submitting applications will be February 15, 2021.  Applications should be sent by email to Moira Luthin (adminassistant@myelomasociety.org)

Contact. For additional questions, please contact us at president@myelomasociety.org


Application due: February 15, 2021