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    Overview

    Thank you for your interest in PRIM&R's conference scholarship programs. PRIM&R will be offering two distinct scholarship programs to assist individuals with the costs associated with attending the AER18: the Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) Scholarship Program and the Global Research Scholarship Program. To be eligible for priority consideration, please complete your application by 5:00 PM ET on June 15, 2018. Applications received after that date will be considered on a rolling basis through August 17, 2018.

    ICB Scholarship Program

    Many small, underfunded institutions of higher education in the United States need, but do not have, fully functioning IRBs or 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 HRPP/IRB staff members and/or IRB members who work at institutions in the United States that are federally-designated HBCUs, HSIs, or TCUs, or other institutions that serve minority populations with significant health disparities, such as community clinics, regional/area Indian Health Boards, and tribal governments, are eligible to apply for the ICB Scholarship.

    What does the scholarship include? Awards may consist of:

    • A full or partial fee waiver to AER18
    • A one-year PRIM&R membership
    • Roundtrip coach travel to San Diego, CA
    • Hotel accommodations for the length of the meeting

    Please complete the online AER18 ICB Scholarship Program Application. Both team members must contribute to the application documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

    Global Research Scholarship Program

    PRIM&R is dedicated to improving communication among research ethics committees (RECs), researchers, and others professionals involved in international research. This is especially important today as more and more research is being conducted outside of the United States. Many RECs in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) have significantly fewer resources than HRPPs in the United States, and lack adequate funding to develop their research programs. Therefore, there is an urgent need to increase awareness and facilitate networking and collaboration with those involved in research globally. PRIM&R has created a limited number of scholarships for qualified representatives from LMICs to attend AER18.

    The Global Research Scholarship Program is open to those who have established themselves in the research ethics profession as well as those who are in graduate school, are pursuing a doctorate, or who have less than five years' experience in their professional field.

    Who can apply?

    IRB/ REC staff members, IRB/REC members, and researchers who are based in LMICs are eligible to apply for the Global Research Scholarship.

    What does the scholarship include? Awards may consist of:
    • Full and partial fee waivers to AER18
    • Roundtrip coach travel to San Diego, CA
    • Hotel accommodations for the length of the meeting

    Please complete the online AER18 Global Scholarship Program Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the scholarship.

    Conditions of Scholarship Awards

    • Not all scholarship recipients are guaranteed full funding It is at the discretion of the scholarship review committee to include any or all of the items listed above. Recipients will be notified of their awards far enough in advance of AER18 to secure any components not covered by their scholarship.
    • All recipients will receive a letter clearly outlining their scholarship details, including financial support.
    • Those who have received full scholarships in the past will only be eligible for partial awards.
    • Please note that travel arrangements will only be made for Global Research Scholarship Program awardees who have secured a visa to enter the United States. PRIM&R will provide a letter of invitation to all Global Research Scholarship Program recipients. PRIM&R staff members are unable to intervene with consulate authorities on behalf of scholarship recipients. We encourage all Global Research Scholarship Program awardees to visit the United States Embassy website early to locate their nearest US consulate and to keep apprised of travel regulations, which are always subject to change.
    • Within six months of the conference, all scholarship recipients are expected to provide proof of dissemination of the knowledge they gained while at the conference. For example, past scholarship recipients have given presentations during classes they teach, at IRB/REC meetings, and at departmental meetings. If recipients fail to abide by this requirement, they will not be eligible for funding or fee waivers for future PRIM&R programs.
    • Please contact Haley Dowdie, Program Assistant, at hdowdie@primr.org for more information or questions about scholarships.