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    Overview

    Thank you for your interest in PRIM&R's conference scholarship programs. PRIM&R offers two distinct scholarship programs to assist individuals with the costs associated with attending the 2017 AER Conference. Please note there will be no Global Research Scholarships available for 2017, and international applicants are not eligible for the two scholarships offered in 2017. We hope to offer the Global Scholarship Program again in 2018.

    To be eligible for priority consideration, please email your completed application to Haley Dowdie, program assistant, at hdowdie@primr.org by 5:00 PM ET on June 16, 2017. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis through August 25, 2017.

    Institutional Capacity Building Scholarship Program

    Many small, underfunded institutions of higher education in the United States need, but do not have, fully functioning IRBs or human research protections programs (HRPPs). Many of these institutions serve primarily minority populations with educational disparities, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Others are health institutions serving minority populations with significant health disparities, such as community clinics, regional or area Indian Health Boards, and tribal governments. Almost all such institutions have significantly fewer resources than their larger peer institutions. In addition, many of these institutions are being asked to take on greater roles in research by participating in studies or initiating their own research activities.

    Who can apply?

    • Teams of two IRB/HRPP staff members and/or IRB members who work at institutions in the United States that are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), or other institutions that serve minority populations with significant health disparities, such as community clinics, regional/area Indian Health Boards, and tribal governments.

    What is the application process?

    • Complete the 2017 AER ICB Scholarship Program Application Form
    • Include a description of the applicants' work and the work of their institution/REC, including its mission and the community which it serves;
    • Include a description of how the applicants anticipate they will benefit from and use the knowledge and contacts gained by attending the conference, including specific information about how and when they will disseminate the knowledge gained;
    • Attach a letter of support from a supervisor stating that the institution supports the team's efforts to attend the conference;
    • Include an explanation of any funding or other sources available; and
    • Attach resumes/curriculum vitae for both team members (please limit to five pages each).
    • Both team members must contribute to these documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    What does the scholarship include? Awards may consist of:

    • A full or partial fee waiver to the 2017 AER Conference
    • A one-year PRIM&R membership
    • Reimbursement for roundtrip coach travel to San Antonio, TX (air, train, car, or bus fare)
    • Hotel accommodations for the length of the meeting
    • A stipend to cover meals not offered at the conference

    Community (Unaffiliated) IRB Member Scholarship Program

    The Community (Unaffiliated) IRB Member Scholarship Program was developed in response to feedback from advocates and IRB community members. The program's goal is to ensure that community members and non-affiliated IRB members receive equal educational opportunities as their colleagues so as to develop and progress in their IRB service. This program strives to extend educational and development opportunities to interested community members committed to advancing ethical research practices and to provide a networking base among collegial practitioners and peers.

    Who can apply?

    • Community and Unaffiliated institutional review board (IRB) members.

    What is the application process?

    • Complete the 2017 AER Community IRB Member Scholarship Program Application Form
    • Include a description of the applicant's work and the work of their institution, including its mission and the community which it serves;
    • Include a description of how the applicants anticipate they will benefit from and use the knowledge and contacts gained by attending the conference, including specific information about how and when they will disseminate the knowledge gained;
    • Attach a letter of support from a supervisor stating that the institution supports the team's efforts to attend the conference;
    • Include an explanation of any funding or other sources available; and
    • Attach resumes/curriculum vitae (please limit to five pages each).

    What does the scholarship include?

    • Awards may consist of full and partial fee waivers to the 2017 AER Conference. Travel support and hotel accommodations will not be available.