GORGAS MEMORIAL INSTITUTE RESEARCH AWARD
Application Deadline: August 1, 2007
ASTMH seeks applications for the Gorgas Memorial Institute Research Award, which is designed to enhance and facilitate the development of scientific linkages between Panama, nations of Central America, tropical and sub-tropical South America and the Caribbean Islands, Mexico and the United States and Canada through support of short-term travel for young research investigators from these regions for the purposes of: (1) establishing collaborative biomedical research projects focusing on tropical diseases of health importance to people living in these areas, and (2) learning new techniques and approaches applicable to the study of such diseases.
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Background : The Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine (GMI) was named for General William Crawford Gorgas, the U.S. Army physician (later Surgeon General) who managed control efforts of yellow fever, malaria and other diseases during the building of the Panama Canal. The GMI has a long history of fostering research and disease control in Panama and Central America. Since moving to new headquarters at the William Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine in the University of Alabama at Birmingham, GMI is continuing to pursue its goal of fostering research and training in tropical disease problems through support of collaborations between investigators working within this region and in the United States. To this end, the GMI will sponsor and manage awards, to be awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, to fund collaborative investigations, as well as short-term visits of young investigators between research institutions within the Americas and the United States. The Gorgas Memorial Institute Research Award program is intended to allow young scientists within this region the opportunity to acquire new techniques or develop new approaches for the study and control of tropical diseases, and to establish new scientific linkages for the purpose of initiating cooperative studies and programs.
Eligibility : Applicants should have Ph.D. or M.D. level training in a relevant field. Exceptions may be made for outstanding candidates with demonstrated equivalent expertise. They should be citizens or permanent residents of the Americas, and hold a position at a research, medical, public health or teaching institution in that country. The applicant must have the endorsement of the home institution in order to participate in this program. Award applicants are investigators in training or junior investigators (and not established senior scientists), although exceptional cases may be considered.
Financial Arrangements: Awards will generally not exceed $25,000 to cover the total costs of round-trip travel, housing and supplies required for a project. The number of awards made annually will be contingent on availability of funds, but it is the intention of the program to make at least two awards each year. Awards will be made directly to the applicant's institution, and will be monitored through the ASTMH headquarters office and the GMI Research Award Committee of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
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