Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
The Neilsen Foundation Allied Health Professional Research Award of ASIA is a one year award of $25,000 to a clinician at the Master’s or Clinical Doctorate level. The purpose of the award is to encourage clinicians in the field of SCI to incorporate an element of research into their professional practice.
The recipient will be selected by the ASIA Research and Awards Committee and will receive his/her award in person at the ASIA Annual Meeting. The recipient will be asked to present their work at a future ASIA meeting. Registration for the latter meeting will be complementary. If the recipient is not an ASIA member, they will be given a complimentary one year membership.
Neilsen-ASIA Research Award Eligibility Criteria
Each applicant must:
- Have a certified degree in an allied health professional field. The applicant may have a Master’s or Clinical Doctorate in his/her field and cannot have other funding for the project being proposed. Applicants need not be ASIA members.
- Submit a one-year clinical research proposal in the field of SCI. The rationale should be supported by a recent review of the literature.
- Declare a mentor who is an established researcher in the field of SCI or related area and is a member of ASIA in good standing at the application deadline. The following individuals are excluded from serving as mentors: ASIA President Elect (in second year), ASIA President (entire term), ASIA Past President (first year), ASIA R&A Committee Chair and Vice Chair
- Complete the application form.
- Submit a biosketch for the applicant and mentor
The project will be scored based on the following criteria:
- Overall Score. This score is the overall assessment of the proposal, not necessarily an average of the other criterion scores. This score considers the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and how this work may contribute to the development of the individual as a clinical researcher.
- Significance Score. Does the proposed work facilitate the development of the applicant as a clinical researcher? Is the level of this research appropriate for the applicant? What is the potential significance and impact of the work on the field of spinal cord injury?
- Approach Score. Is the application clearly written? Are the methods feasible? Do the methods adequately address the aim(s) and hypothesis(es) or research question(s)? Is the planned recruitment (if applicable) realistic and achievable?
- Qualifications of Applicant and Mentor and Environment Score. Do the applicant and mentor meet the qualifications for the award? Is the environment /institution appropriate to support the proposed work? Is the mentor’s level of involvement appropriate for the applicant/project?
- Non scored categories:
Facilities and Budget
Deadline for submission is: September 9, 2016
For additional details, contact the ASIA Executive Director, Patty Duncan. Submissions should be made electronically to this email address.
The 2nd Annual Recipient of the Neilsen-ASIA Research Award is Anne Bryden, OTR/L, of Case Western Reserve University.
Anne Bryden, a PhD candidate, received the award for her project entitled “The Development of a Novel Upper Extremity Assessment Protocol for Acute Tetraplegia.” Ms. Bryden received her $25,000 research award during the Awards Presentation session at the 2015 ASIA and ISCoS combined meeting in Montreal. She will present her findings at the 2017 ASIA annual meeting. This program requires an established mentor to guide the recipient. Ms. Bryden’s mentor is MJ Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA.