AR&D Grants 2020

The Amsterdam Reproduction and Development research grant round 2020 enables researchers from Amsterdam UMC or affiliated research institutes or hospitals in Amsterdam to perform research in the field of reproduction and development.

These grants can be used to cover personnel costs, bench fee, equipment, conference budget and other related research expenses. For the total grant program €250.000 is available that will be distributed over the three different grant types (see below).

1. Start Small, Think Big (Grant type 1, up to €25.000)

This grant is focused on the development of novel ideas or projects, or to spark novel ideas.

This grant funds projects such as:

        - Purchase of equipment

        - Funding of a specific experiment

2. In between (Grant type 2, up to €50.000)

This grant focusses on research projects that can be performed within one year.

This grant funds research projects for example:

Back to the patient

  • Research projects that focus on the wellbeing of the patient (e.g. Midwifery science, psychological health of patients, improving health care within the field of AR&D)
  • Final stages of translation of novel treatments to the clinic

Fundamental research

  • Fundamental, laboratory based research projects

Clinical or epidemiological research projects

The Bigger Picture (Grant type 3, up to €100.000)

This grant focusses on collaborative research projects between two departments within AR&D or between an AR&D department and an external collaborator with a strong connection to AR&D. In the latter case, the external collaborator may be situated abroad, however (part of) the research needs to be performed in the Amsterdam UMC or affiliated institutes or hospitals.

        - All types of research (Back to the patient, Fundamental of Clinical)


Eligibility requirements

1. Researchers at all stages of their career that are currently employed at the Amsterdam UMC or affiliated research institutes or hospitals in Amsterdam are eligible to apply. External applicants are only eligible if the proposed research will be performed at the Amsterdam UMC or affiliated research institutes or hospitals. All grant applications have to be supported by at least one AR&D Principal Investigator.

2. Any Principal Investigator (PI) who wants to submit, should be a registered AR&D PI. Technicians, paramedical staff, PhD candidates, and postdocs are required to submit a letter of support of an AR&D PI (= responsible PI).

3. Applicants are obliged to choose a grant type, therefore a single applicant cannot apply to multiple grant types with the same proposal or project. Any applicant (irrespective of their career stage) can submit only one proposal for AR&D Open Round 2020. An AR&D PI is however allowed to support more than one proposal as the responsible AR&D PI.

4. Applicants who received a AR&D Open Round or Nursing Science grant in 2019 are not eligible to submit a proposal for the AR&D Open Round 2020. However, they may submit again in the following years.

5. Research proposals should be in concise English and should be understandable for a colleague in a neighboring science field within AR&D.

6. All proposals should define a milestone that needs to be achieved within the time-frame of the proposed research. These include, but is not restricted to:

-          Submission of a manuscript to peer-reviewed journal

-          Submission of an abstract to an (inter)national conference

-          Reporting of measurable improvement in patient care, measurable societal impact etc.

-          Development of a functional (research) protocol, questionnaire etc.

7. Only projects with a starting date between May 1st and December 1st 2020 are eligible for this program.

8. Only projects that will be (partly) executed at the Amsterdam UMC or affiliated research institutes or hospitals are eligible for this program.


Application

The application should include:

1. The application form:
- Information of applicants and affiliations
- Project details
All proposals should define a milestone that needs to be achieved within the time-frame of the proposed research (see appendix application form  point 5)

The application form can be downloaded here:

2. A letter of support of the responsible AR&D PI, if applicable (see above):
This letter should at least include:
- Confirmation of support for this particular grant proposal
- Information about the relationship between (one of) the applicant(s) and the PI
- A statement confirming that the proposed research will be performed at the Amsterdam UMC or affiliated research institutes or hospitals
- A statement that all funds from this grant will be used for the proposed research

Please convert the completed application form (without appendix!) and the letter of support of the responsible AR&D PI (if applicable) to a PDF file and email your application in one combined PDF-file to AR&D (ARandD@amc.uva.nl).


Submission deadline

The deadline for submission is: 13 January 2020, 12:00h

Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


Selection procedure

Assessment criteria

All proposals will be assessed by an independent committee based on the following criteria:

-       Quality with respect to the design and methods of the proposal (Scientific quality)

-       Originality of the research idea (Originality)

-       Relevance to the AR&D research field (Relevance AR&D)

-       Feasibility of the project (Feasibility)

-       How well the proposed budget fits with the proposal (Fitting budget)

 

In general, collaboration within the AR&D research institute is considered an advantage. Proposals that bridge between different disciplines (both fundamental, pre-clinical and clinical) or connect between different aspects of AR&D’s the circle of life are especially encouraged to apply.


Final report

All awarded proposals are obliged to send a final report to AR&D, using the format provided by AR&D, about the project within 3 months of finalization of the project. This report has to include an overview of the financial accountability.


Time line


Contact

For questions contact AR&D (ARandD@amc.uva.nl).