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.
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. Previous award recipients will not be considered. Regarding direction of collaboration/travel, the award has no restrictions, i.e. applicants can travel from a Disease Endemic Country to the U.S. or Canada, or from the U.S. or Canada to the Disease Endemic Country, or between Disease Endemic Countries. Financial Arrangements: Awards will generally not exceed $10,500 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. Awards will be made directly to the applicant’s institution, and will be monitored through the headquarters office and the GMI Research Award Committee of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The award allows for indirect costs of up to 8% to be assessed against the total budget. Funds cannot be used to pay salary/stipend to the award recipient.
Submit your application on line via link beginning the week of September 14, 2009. Collect all application materials prior to submitting them to the online awards system. Although you will be able to edit your award submission prior to the October 15 deadline, the submission process will be much easier if you collect all application materials prior to submission.
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