Grants & Funding

The William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program application is currently closed.

William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program Application

Updated guidelines and details for the 2017 William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program cycle will be available in early Fall 2016.

Purpose

The goal of the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program is to produce the next generation of clinician educators by supporting aspiring nephrology educators to conduct a project to advance all facets of nephrology education and teaching.

Program and Project Expectations

Applicants may submit a proposal that examines any aspect of the nephrology education. Proposals may address aspects related to pre-doctoral or post-doctoral education. Projects should propose to generate new knowledge and should be expected to have an impact beyond the applicant’s institution. Examples of proposed projects can include (but are not limited to) curricular reform, innovations in education, new education methods, evaluation of new assessment tools for competency-based learning and assessment, professional development, or professionalism. The proposed project must have appropriate metrics for evaluation, implementation, and dissemination. Grant recipients are expected to publish and disseminate project data at national meetings and credit the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research for its support.

Additionally, recipients are encouraged to complete a formal (such as earning a master’s degree in medical education) or semiformal education (such as Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Development Program for Clinical Teaching) during the ASN Foundation funded years.

Eligibility

To apply for the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program, a candidate:

  • Hold an MD, DO, PhD, or the equivalent degree.
  • Have completed the clinical portion of their training program by the time of award activation.
  • Must be a full-time faculty member within seven (7) years of initial faculty appointment at the time of the award activation. Complete a project under the direction and mentorship of a qualified sponsor/mentor.
  • Be a member of ASN at the time of the application. The sponsor of the candidate must also be an ASN member at the time of the application.
  • Be working in North or Central America during the funding period.
  • Commit a minimum of 50% time to education and the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program during the funding period. A statement of commitment must be provided by the Division Chief or Department Chair.
  • Consider completing additional formal or semiformal educational training during the ASN Foundation funded years.

An applicant who is uncertain of his/her eligibility should request an advisory opinion from the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research before completing an application.

Funding and Stipulations

  • The William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program provides each recipient with $50,000 per year for up to two years. Funds cannot be used for indirect costs.
  • A progress report and a financial report are required for non-competitive renewal of the grant for the second year. Final reports are also required at the end of the funding period. The award is for continuous support, and interruptions in the period of support will require prior written approval from the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research.
  • Recipients shall acknowledge the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research's support in publications resulting from their proposed work.
  • Grants may be transferred from one institution to another only with the prior approval of the ASN Foundation.

Application

Please refer to the instructions before beginning your application. There are multiple parts to the application.

A complete application must contain the following documents:

  • Contact information and project title
  • Biosketch for both the applicant and mentor (using the NIH Biosketch template)
  • Project Plan (using the ASN-provided template)
  • Letter of support from Department Head
  • Three additional letters of support submitted blindly by each author (One letter must be from the designated mentor.)

To complete an application, an applicant must download the following documents by logging into the ASN website:

  • Instructions for completing an William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Program application
  • Biosketch Template
  • Project Plan Template (must be used in application)

Evaluation Criteria

The ASN William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Grants Review Committee will consider the potential of the applicant to develop as a productive and independent educator and the proposed project’s impact on advancing all facets of nephrology education and teaching.

Assessment will include the qualifications of the applicant with respect to prior training, the candidate’s productivity and career goals, qualifications of the candidate’s mentor and mentorship plan, and the merit of the proposed project. The institutional commitment to the development of the applicant as a clinician educator will also be assessed. Funding decisions will be distributed in September.

Contact

Please contact the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research with any questions at grants@asn-online.org.