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Fellowship / New Faculty Award Program

This award will provide $60,000 funding annually for two years to begin during the 3rd or 4th year of an allergy/immunology fellowship or during one of the first two years of a faculty appointment in allergy/immunology.

2014 Award

Please note that award of a 2014 Fellowship-New Faculty Grant is in abeyance at the present time, pending available funds.  Please continue to monitor this page for further updates.


2013 Award

The funding term for the award is July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.

The award is restricted to MDs, MD/PhDs, and DOs.  Applicants must be 3rd or 4th year fellows in an allergy/immunology program or in their first or second year of a junior faculty appointment in allergy/immunology at the time of the award.

Qualifications:  MD, PhD, or DO; ABAI certification or training toward certification; US citizen or permanent resident, conducting research at a U.S. institution

Objective  To support the development of an academic research career toward investigating:

1.    Why the early life experiences of an unfortunate few lead to allergies to otherwise harmless foods and airborne substances, while the majority somehow learn to tolerate these substances.

2.    What influence viral and bacterial respiratory infections have during the pre-school years on the development of asthma.

This award aims to provide support for research being conducted by individuals who have completed their first two years of Allergy/Immunology training, and who will be entering their third or fourth year of fellowship training or their first or second year of a junior faculty appointment in Allergy/Immunology starting July 1, 2013. Funding is to support investigators involved in asthma and allergic diseases research.

Sponsor  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

Amount  This two-year award will provide $60,000/year for salary, supplies and equipment. Award term is for two years starting July 1, 2013. Funds may not be used for institutional indirect costs.

Eligibility  This award is directed toward a third or fourth-year fellow-in-training (MD, MD/PhD or DO) or to new Allergy/Immunology junior faculty whose initial faculty appointment as an Instructor or Assistant Professor was on or after July 1, 2012.  Applicants must be either certified or on track toward certification by the ABAI. The recipient must conduct his or her research at an institution in the United States.

Deadline   November 1, 2012

Selection    Made by the AAFA Research Review Panel. Priority will be given to those applicants who document a career plan for obtaining future research funding such as an NIH RO1 or K award, VA merit award or a private foundation equivalent.

Terms   Receipt of this award does not preclude the applicant from obtaining grant support from other sources.  Support from AAFA is to be acknowledged in presentations and publications resulting from the research sponsored by the award. The award is nontransferable. The award recipient is directly responsible as an employee to the sponsoring institution. The sponsoring institution is responsible for documenting its role in terms of supporting the education and research efforts as well as providing adequate research capacity, including space and equipment, and protecting research time for the award recipient.  AAFA may discontinue the award if it is determined that the purpose or the terms of the award are not being fulfilled.  In this event, the recipient will be notified in writing of this determination, the reason, and the effective date.  The recipient must submit a progress report by June 1 of the first year of the award, which must be considered satisfactory by the AAFA Review Panel before year two funds are released.  A final written progress report to AAFA, including disposition of funds must be submitted at the end of the award.

Application Instructions   The application should be organized as follows:

      I.  Sponsor's Statement of Purpose

This letter should be from the Program Director, Division or Department Chair sponsoring the candidate. It must clearly present:

  • A description of current or proposed programs in allergy/immunology research and education
  • Program support now available or intended for the term of the award, including the percentage of protected time for research
  • The program's placement within the institution and any interdisciplinary activities
  • The candidate's role and academic appointment(s)
  • Further training required by the candidate, as documented by the appropriate academic official
  • Plans and potential for the applicant to develop into an independently funded investigator

    II.  Applicant's Statement of Purpose

This letter should outline the award and career objectives of the applicant toward asthma and allergy research. The letter should specify:

  • Current and future asthma and allergy research objectives
  • Further training requested by the candidate

   III.  Candidate's Curriculum Vitae

Must include a full disclosure of all grants or awards currently received or pending.

   IV.  Research Plan

Thorough statement of the candidate's proposed research plan in asthma and allergic diseases, which must not exceed six (6) pages for sections A-F (Arial font 11), including:

A. Specific aims

B. Background and Significance

C. Preliminary Results (if available.)

D. Methods and procedures

E. Anticipated outcome

F. Long-range objectives

G. References

H. Research project budget

Documentation, if applicable, that the proposed research experience was approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the grantee institution should be provided.

  V. Facilities

Description of the facilities for research and training needed by the candidate.

  VI.  Personal References

Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the candidate's qualifications must be included with the application.


Submission is made electronically via the internet to the attention of Amy Patterson at amy@aafa.org


This application must be received no later than November 1, 2012

For additional information, please contact Amy Patterson at AAFA at amy@aafa.org.

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