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Research Ethics Grant Program Offered

The CCTST annually solicits applications for research addressing ethical issues in clinical and translational research.  The most recent deadline was February 6, 2015.

Purpose: The CCTST Research Ethics Grant Program is designed to support interdisciplinary empirical research and summer research fellowships that aim to develop, inform, or apply morally, socially and culturally acceptable frameworks that maximize the ethics of conducting clinical and translational research.

Interdisciplinary Empirical Research on Research Ethics:  Given the conceptual and methodological complexity of the likely research questions, interdisciplinary collaborations involving clinical researchers, ethicists, and behavioral/social scientists are strongly encouraged. The research design should be appropriate to the nature of the project proposed and the disciplines involved.

Examples of topics appropriate for these applications include, but are not limited to:

1. Role of the community in research

2. Role of the individual research participant in research

3. Maximizing the impact of research on communities

Summer Research Fellowships in Clinical Research Ethics:  Individual research fellowships are available for conceptual research in clinical research ethics. The fellowships are designed to support a faculty or staff member's full focus on research.  Applicants would be encouraged to work with the CCHMC Ethics Center, where feasible.

Applicants should include a plan demonstrating how their project will lead to, or contribute to, a broad program of funded research. Collaboration with faculty in the biomedical sciences will be viewed positively.

Examples of appropriate faculty fellowship topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Ethical issues raised by community-based participatory research models.
  2. Issues and conceptions of autonomy and how the role of the research participant alters the individual’s autonomy.
  3. Cultural and social perceptions of research participation, especially as they impact consent or refusal to participate in research.
  4. Critique of existing models of informed consent, returning research results and incidental findings, and philosophical or social models of autonomy, beneficence and justice.
  5. Issues of power and their impact on informed consent processes.

Eligibility: All full time faculty and staff members of UC, CCHMC, UC Health or the Cincinnati VAMC are eligible for this award. Applicants must be CCTST members.  Join free of charge.

Funding priorities: Proposals will be evaluated based on the scholarly merit of the proposed activities, innovativeness of the proposed interdisciplinary program, capabilities of the principal investigators, and potential for future extramural funding.

Awards: For interdisciplinary projects, up to $10,000 may be requested for a 1 year award. For summer fellowships, $8,000 ($4,000/month) for 2 months of summer stipend support will be available.  It is anticipated that 2 or 3 grants and fellowships will be funded based upon merit of applications.

The request for applications for the February 6, 2015 deadline is available here.

For more information, contact Sandra Geideman.


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