Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program Application
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
The goal of the Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program is to fund nephrology fellows to conduct original, meritorious research projects. This program will foster the training of fellows, under the direction of a sponsor, who are highly motivated to make contributions to the understanding of kidney biology and disease. This Fellowship serves to establish the beginnings of an independent career.
Fellows may submit a proposal that examines any aspect of the entire spectrum of kidney biology and disease. KidneyCure especially encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minorities in medicine (as defined by AAMC).
To apply for a Research Fellowship, a candidate:
- Must hold an MD, DO, PhD, or the equivalent degree.
- May not have completed more than five years of research training after the completion of the MD or DO degree or equivalent, or three years of postdoctoral research training after the PhD degree (at the time of award activation). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for an extension as described below:
- An extension equal to the number of idle months as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns will be applied to the five-year or three-year training periods. The candidate must still be a fellow at the time of award activation.
- A 12-month extension will be considered per childbirth during the respective five-year or three-year training periods. Women, men, and those who adopt are eligible for the extension. The candidate must still be a fellow at the time of award activation.
Funding and Stipulations
The Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program provides each nephrology fellow with $50,000 per year for up to two years, to begin on July 1 of the award year. Funds must be used only for salary support and fringe benefits. Funds cannot be used for project costs, travel expenses, or overhead costs. Recipients cannot hold another training grant or be included on an institutional training grant. Institutional support of the applicant sufficient to complete the project is permitted and expected.
Each recipient must submit a progress and financial report by May 1 of the first year. Second year funding is contingent on a satisfactory progress report. A final progress and financial report must be submitted at the end of the second year.
A complete application must contain the following documents:
- Contact information and project title
- Applicant's Biosketch (using the NIH biosketch format)
- Sponsor's Biosketch (using the NIH biosketch format)
- Research Plan (using KidneyCure provided template)
- Letter of support from sponsor
- Letter from institution providing proof that the applicant has permission to submit the application.
- Two additional letters of support (submitted blindly)
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Review Process Overview
- Application opens (fall)
- Application deadline (early winter)
- Peer review process (winter)
- Committee meeting (early spring)
- Award notifications (spring)
Named FellowshipsThe Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program funds 10 fellows at $50,000 a year for up to two years to conduct original, meritorious research projects including:
- Five Ben J. Lipps Research Fellows, named for Fresenius Medical Care's CEO and Chairman of the Management Board (1999 – 2012)*
- One Sharon Anderson Research Fellow, named by the American Society of Nephrology for ASN's first female president*
- One Joseph A. Carlucci Research Fellow, named by the American Renal Patient Care Foundation, Inc. for the Chairman and CEO of American Renal Associates
- One Jared J. Grantham Research Fellow, named by the PKD Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology for the co-founder of the PKD Foundation and the founding Editor-in-Chief of JASN*
- One Dimitrios G. Oreopoulos Research Fellow, named by Baxter in honor of a physician, researcher, and pioneer in peritoneal dialysis innovation*
- One George B. Rathmann Research Fellow, named by Amgen in honor of its founding CEO*
- One Donald E. Wesson Research Fellow, named by the American Society of Nephrology for a leading clinician, researcher, educator, and mentor*
- One KidneyCure Research Fellow
*will be funded in 2021
The Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program is fully endowed by contributions provided by Fresenius Medical Care, ASN, the American Renal Patient Care Foundation, Inc., Amgen, Baxter, and the PKD Foundation.
Please contact KidneyCure with any questions at 202-893-0008 or email@example.com.