Research Fund Award

Description: Donations from private individuals have been placed together for providing initial research funds for any investigator who has an important idea or hypothesis to test, but no funds to do so. The proposed project must be relevant to making progressing toward understanding the causes of schizophrenia and its treatments and has the ultimate goal of either preventing the illness in vulnerable individuals or improving the illness course of those who are already afflicted with it. The project, while preliminary and pilot data that may lead toward applications to larger funding sources, must also be one that is publishable in a peer reviewed journal once complete and presented at the annual SIRS congress.

Eligibility: This award is available to any researcher who has already demonstrated expertise in any aspect of the field of schizophrenia research by having published at least five (5) relevant peer reviewed papers and is associated with a university or non-profit organization where the research can take place. All members, regardless of age, sex, gender, or country of origin are eligible to apply for this award. *Only members of SIRS are eligible. The applicant must have a non-profit office where the funds will be held and appropriate accounting managed and reported to SIRS directly at the end of a 12 month period. This opportunity is open to junior investigators needing some funds to “jump-start” careers, as well as senior investigators, who may no longer have funds, but have a unique idea that if pursued could lead to some advance in schizophrenia research. If human subjects are involved in the research, an institutional review board (IRB) must approve the project before it can begin.

Budget: Funds may be used to cover expenses involved in recruiting research subjects, such as payments for the participants’ travel. They may include the costs of laboratory tests or imaging procedures and may also cover payments to consultants who can aid in analyzing the data or who provide specific expertise not covered by the applicant. A portion of the funds can be used for publication of the results in a free access peer reviewed journal, but no more than 15%. The funds may not be used for travel expenses to a professional meeting or meeting registration fees. Funds may not be used toward the applicant’s salary or to pay indirect or administrative cost to the institution hosting the funds. The funds are meant to only apply to direct costs of the research project itself. Funds will only be awarded to the investigator after the home IRB has approved the project and the approval letter received by SIRS.

Application format: The application should be submitted electronically on the SIRS website and should include:

(1) The title page with the title of the project, the name, affiliation, title, address, phone number and email address of the applicant, and the address of the location where the funding will be held.

(2) Research Proposal (one page maximum) to include: A. Hypothesis, B. Aim(s), C. Methods, D. Anticipated Results, E.  Significance to the understanding, prevention or treatment of schizophrenia.

(3) Proposed budget (one page). A maximum of $10,000. may be awarded. each item with its justification.

(4) Applicant’s CV with a statement of his/her current funding situation, future goals, and reason for submitting this application.

(5) A statement from the applicants institution agreeing to host the funds.

Timing: Applications for the 2019 Research Fund Award must have been received by the SIRS Office on Monday, 24 June 2019. Notice of Award will be received by the applicant by the end of September 2019 and the project may begin anytime between 1 October 2019- 1 January 2020. It is expected that the project as proposed will be completed by 1 January 2021, a progress report sent to the SIRS Research Award Committee no later than 1 March 2021 and the results  presented at the SIRS Congress in Toronto in April, 2021. For further information, contact: