Specs for Applying for a Grant

Request for Applications:
2016 Postdoctoral Training Awards

Letter of Intent Due: Sep 15th 2015
Applications Due: Nov 1st 2015

Introduction
      California Autism Resource and Evaluation (CARE) Foundation invites applications for Postdoctoral Training Awards from those who are interested in pursuing careers in advanced research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.
      The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. CARE Foundation will consider all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to the autism diagnosis, causes, prevention, and treatment. We strongly encourage scholars and researchers who are either on the autism spectrum themselves or have a close family member (e.g. siblings, children, or grandchildren) with autism to apply.

Awards
      CARE Foundation will make a number of awards determined by itsavailable financial resources. The term of the award will be a period of one to two years depending on the nature of the research and will include: For postdoctoral students: $32,000/year.
      This award cannot be used to cover tuition payments. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs.

Eligibility
      Applicants for postdoctoral awards must have completed their doctoral or medical degree and have been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow in good standing in a program in the United States as of the award start date.

Completing the LOI

      1. Basic Information Page includes:
            a. Title: Enter less than 120 characters, spaces included
            b. Scientific Abstract. 2000 characters, spaces included. Provide a summary of the research project to be                    
                 conducted and the skills that will be obtained by the trainee during the fellowship.

      2. Letter of Intent Form includes:
            a. How will the individual training plan contribute to the fellow’s career development?
                Include training activities outside of the research (courses, rotations, conferences, etc) (up to 3000 characters, spaces included).
            b. Biosketch for the fellow (not to exceed 4 pages).
            c. Biosketch for the primary mentor (not to exceed 4 pages).

Proposal Preparation
      Proposals should be written in 12-point Arial font and should have margins of 0.5 inch or greater. The applicant’s last name must appear in the header on every page of the application. Number the pages. All sections of the proposal must be double- spaced with the exception of the following sections: title page, proposal abstract, bibliography, applicant CV, mentor CV, letter of commitment, & letter of  recommendation.
      Each proposal must include a title page with the applicant name, mentor name, title of the project and name of the sponsoring institution. Indicate on the title page whether the proposal is for a pre-doctoral or postdoctoral award.

A proposal must include the following sections:

-Proposal Abstract
Maximum 500 words
It should indicate the main purpose of the research, proposed research and training goals and means, the training environment, and the relevance of the research to individuals with autism and their families

. -Research Plan
Maximum 5 doubled spaced pages
The plan should describe the specific autism research project, including hypotheses to be tested, specific aims, background/preliminary studies, methods, participant characterization (if applicable), expected results and timeline for completion. Budget is not necessary.

-Bibliography
Include complete literature citations including titles and all authors.

-Personal Statement
Maximum 2 doubled spaced pages
The applicant should submit a personal statement describing her/his background, experience, and qualifications for this award, as well as his/her career plans in autism research. This is where the applicant can explain if she herself or her close family member is on the autism spectrum.

-CV of Applicant

-Candidate-Specific Training Plan
The mentor should provide description of a training program that includes a clear plan of professional development for a future career in autism research for this specific applicant, as well as a comprehensive summary of the mentor’s autism research and experience mentoring other students and post docs.

-CV of Mentor

-Letter of Commitment: The proposed mentor must provide a letter providing his/her endorsement of the applicant and stating his/her commitment that a fellowship recipient will spend 80% of his/her professional time engaged exclusively in the autism research described in the application for the duration of the award.

-Letter of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation should be provided by the mentor as well as another individual who is familiar with the applicant and addresses his/her education, research training and experience, and professional career goals in autism research. 

Submission of Proposals
      Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document with all materials, except the letter of recommendation, bundled together. Submit the PDF by email to info@careautismfoundation.com
      Letters of recommendation should be sent by the recommender directly to us by email to info@careautismfoundation.com Please ask your recommender to use the subject line (Applicant last name, Letter of Recommendation).

Successful electronic submission of proposals and letters of recommendation will be confirmed by email notification to the sender.