Designed to recognize the importance of clinical investigation in vascular disease, the new program is designed to encourage the interest and development of clinical investigators among the SVS membership, particularly junior members or those with limited prior experience as principal investigators; and to provide direct support for pilot clinical projects that have potential to develop into larger studies fundable by industry or governmental sources.
Projects should be clinical research projects, preferably patient-oriented (research conducted with human subjects or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects). Applications addressing one of the SVS Clinical Research Priorities are encouraged, and small-scale clinical trials and ancillary studies in the setting of existing clinical trials (industry or NIH-supported) will be considered.
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded for direct costs for a one-year period. Costs for laboratory assays, imaging studies (as appropriate), data collection, and statistical support are allowable; principal investigator salary, institutional overhead expenses, and major equipment and travel expenses are not allowed.
To be eligible, the principal investigator must be an SVS active member within the first ten years of practice or a fellowship- or integrated residency-trained, board-eligible, vascular surgeon within the first ten years of practice with a full-time faculty position and an SVS active member serving as mentor.
See the SVS Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.