Grant Application Policies
1. Submissions will not be accepted after 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on the day of the deadline. Applicants are notified that their proposal was received and deemed complete within one week of the deadline. Funding is announced after the Foundation’s Annual Board meeting in the spring and Interim Board meeting in the fall.
2. No dollar limits are set for grants. Proposals with budgets over $25,000 must directly address an AAE research priority (Attachment A). Funds awarded are made payable to the principal investigator and his/her institution. Unused funds must be returned to the Foundation within 60 days of completing the grant.
3. The Foundation does not support indirect costs to a recipient’s institution. All funds must be spent in support of the proposed investigation and within the funding period of the grant.
4. An abstract of the results must be submitted within six months after completion of the project. The timeline for projects is one year. The failure of a grantee to submit a final abstract will make his/her school ineligible for funding for one year. All grant recipients are highly encouraged to present their research at the AAE annual meeting within one year of the project’s completion.
5. Applicants who are submitting a revised proposal should write an introduction in which they respond to the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee’s critique of their original proposal on a point-by-point basis.
6. New submissions from previous grantees must include a progress report that outlines the status of any previously funded project. If the previous project is complete, the grantee must include evidence that the results have been published, are in press or have been submitted for publication. Former grantees who do not include a progress report will be disqualified.
7. Manuscripts based on research supported by the Foundation must be submitted first to the Journal of Endodontics. The following statement must be included in any written or oral presentation of research supported by the Foundation:
This research was supported in part by a Research Grant from the Foundation for Endodontics.
8. The principle investigator must be the individual that creates the account in the CadmiumCD submission system and submits the grant proposal under their name.
General InformationPurpose and Priorities - The Foundation inspires and supports research and the genesis of new knowledge in endodontics. To make the best use of funds, the AAE has identified research priorities, included with these guidelines (Attachment A). Where two proposals are judged equal, the one that addresses AAE priorities will be given preference. Proposals with budgets over $25,000 must directly address a priority. Eligibility - Researchers who meet the following criteria are eligible: students of an advanced specialty education program in endodontics at a dental school that is accredited by or has a reciprocal agreement with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA); faculty or researchers in endodontology or related fields (microbiology, pathology, physiology) of a dental school that is accredited by or has a reciprocal agreement with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the ADA; active members of the AAE. Dental school faculty or research staff who are not endodontists are strongly encouraged to include an endodontist as consultant or co-investigator. To encourage international scientific exploration, an international researcher may be included as a collaborator on projects that are carried out at institutions that are accredited by or have a reciprocal agreement with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Postgraduate Students - Postgraduate students must be AAE members. The student should decide on a research project early in his/her training so that it may be completed by graduation. Review Process - Applications are reviewed by the AAE Research and Scientific Affairs Committee. Each protocol is evaluated in competition with all others. The committee submits recommendations to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. The Trustees allocate and award funds. Committee members who have a vested interest in a project or an institution are excluded from evaluating that grant application. When necessary, the committee obtains evaluations from outside reviewers.
Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Literature Review
2. Previous Research
3. Aims and Hypotheses
4. Research Design
5. Materials and Methods
6. Statistical Analysis
7. Probability of Success
8. Originality, Creativity and Innovation
9. Significance to Endodontics
10. Overall Impact
Following the Foundation’s Board meeting, all applicants will receive two critiques of their proposal. For further information, call the development manager of the Foundation at 312/266-7255, ext. 3008.
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Questions? Organizer: Allison Houle - AHoule@aae.org / (312) 266-7255