RESEARCH GRANT

(Application for the Research Grant is now opened till 31 March 2021)

The Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) invites applications from science and medical graduates from APLAR member societies for its APLAR Research Grant. Two (2) grants of up to USD 14,000 will be awarded to doctors striving to improve the lives of rheumatology patients through research. The grants are to assist the undertaking of research in either adult or paediatric rheumatology.

The aims of the grant are to give the researcher an opportunity to start and do research within their own country of residence. In addition, we hope to promote and support basic and clinical research directed to the causes, prevention, and treatment of rheumatic diseases in the APLAR member society countries. This grant is to be used for consumables required for the research and not for salaries or fixed costs. It is expected that the research will be completed within one (1) year of the onset.

All successful awardees are required to submit a full report to the APLAR Executive Committee upon the completion of their research. Additionally, they are required to submit data from the work carried out for presentation at a subsequent APLAR Congress, and for publication as a full scientific article in an international peer-reviewed journal, preferably the International Journal of the Rheumatic Diseases. An acknowledgement of the APLAR grant must be included in the manuscript.

If the applicant fails to submit a report and a full scientific article for publication within six (6) months of completion of the attachment, the APLAR Executive committee will not accept further grant applications from applicants of the same country for a further one (1) year.  An email and hard copy letter will also be sent to the Head of the Department where the applicant works and also to the President of the applicant’s national rheumatology society.

Applicants should demonstrate that how their research will impact improvements in education and/or the clinical practice of rheumatology. Only complete applications with the correct supporting documents will be accepted. The decision of the APLAR Executive Committee on the award of these grants is final.

The offer is valid only for:

  • Medical or science graduate of less than 40 years of age.
  • Nationals of countries who are members of APLAR (clear of arrears for membership dues).

The following documents should be enclosed with the application:

  • Photocopy of birth certificate.
  • A curriculum vitae with a recent 2√ó2 inch photograph.
  • A reference of good standing from the Dean of the candidate‚Äôs medical school / university.
  • A written statement from the Head of Department/Consultant to which the applicant is going to, that he/she is able to supervise the research and researcher.
  • A summary of the project with the significance of the expected results in the context of current knowledge (maximum 500 words).
  • A grant proposal of the project detailing the background, aims, methodology, budget, and expected results (see below).
  • Ethics Committee approval of the study for all human and animal studies.
  • A budget
  • A timeline of the research project.

Outline of the proposal for applying APLAR Research grants

Please study the template below for proposal development and submission it along with the application form:

1.  Title of the project Provide a short and informative title
2.  Type of study Provide the type of the study. Observational, cohort, interventional, etc.
3.  Investigators Provide the name of the principal investigator (applicant) and all member of the investigator team including their degree and place of work.
4.  Rational of the study Provide information related to the study protocol. Why does the investigator want to do this study? What has been done before? What are the unclear or unanswered questions?
5.  Study objective Provide the study objectives. How does this study answer those questions, etc.?
6.  Population of the study Provide detail of the population of the study (eg. Human, animal, etc.) and the place where the study will be performed.
7.  Sample size calculation Provide the estimated sample size to be used (if any)
8.  Methodology Provide details of the participants, the inclusion/exclusion criteria (and withdrawal criteria, if any) How to recruit them?
Provide the study design. What is/are the interventions? How to collect the data? What the instruments to be used to collect data? Are these instrument(s) validated?
9.  Ethical issues Provide explanation of relevant ethical issues (if any). Studies involving human and/or animals subjects must be accompanied by the Ethical Approval of the investigator institution.
10. Statistical analysis Provide statistical methods to be used in the study. If the study requires complex statistical analysis, a qualified biostatistician should be involved in the project.
11. Budget Provide details of the budget. This includes assistant’s salary or stipends, materials for the study, special investigation costs, etc. The investigator can claim for these expense by sending the receipt to APLAR.
12. Results What are the expected results? How will the result from the study help improvement in rheumatology care among AP countries?
13. References Please provide relevant reference to the study.

Disbursement of Funds

At the start of the project, USD 5,000 will be transferred to the investigator’s account, preferably their University’s research account. But if that would incur an administrative charge, then the investigator can request to use their personal account.
Following the first transfer, the investigator will be required to provide receipts for the expenditure as the project progresses. If any individual item costs are more than USD 1,000, then 3 separate quotations are required, and the cheapest quotation will usually be accepted. Once the expenditure has exceeded the first USD 5,000, there can be 2 further disbursements at Month 3 and Month 6, depending on the proposed budget, supported by receipts, of up to USD 4,000 each.

The last USD 1,000 will be transferred once the completed research report and the final draft of the manuscript of the research project been received by the APLAR Executive Committee. In addition, awardees should submit their work for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal, preferably to the International Journal of the Rheumatic Diseases.

The APLAR Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the amount of grant awarded depending on the proposed budget expenditure. Any such decision taken by the APLAR Executive Committee is final.

Application Period

Application for grant will open from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.  We are pleased to announce that for year 2021, up to 3 grants will be disbursed.


RESEARCH GRANT RECIPIENTS

2016 2017 2018
A/Prof Jing He
Dr Kwan Yu Heng
Dr Md Tauhidul Islam
Dr Rajan Gupta
Dr Sandhya Pulukool
Dr Latika Gupta
Dr Shivraj Padiyaru
Dr Durga Prasanna Misrad
Dr Geraldine Zamora
2019 2020
Dr Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss
Dr Sakir Ahmed
Dr Prakruthi J.