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$25,000 grants will be awarded to provide funds to develop exciting investigator-initiated concepts, which will hopefully lead to successful longer term project funding from the NIH or equivalent funding sources. Funding for grant recipients will begin on August 31st of the award year. Research results will be submitted for presentation at future AAPM meetings. The award is not intended to provide salary support for the applicant, however any other research-related expenses, including travel to scientific meetings, will be supported. Travel expense should be included in the submitted budget. At the end of the 12-month period a report must be forwarded to the AAPM, along with itemized expenses. The award will not support indirect costs. Any unspent funds should be returned to AAPM.
(All supporting documents are due by the application deadline.) Check back in October to view the application. If you are not yet an AAPM member, consider applying now to be eligible for the grant.
Note: While the complete description of the research project is due on April 12, you must complete the online application to include three key words indicating the intent of your proposed topic by March 1.
Recipients notified by: May 30, 2023
Program Contact: Karen MacFarland
The goal of the International Council (IC) of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is to identify and develop strategies for advancing the practice of medical physics globally, address disparities in healthcare and develop mitigation strategies in collaboration with other global stakeholders. Towards this goal, the IC will provide pilot grant funding for selected proposals/projects in regions around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific and South-East Asia. The proposals should focus on conducting needs assessment to advance care, research and education and address global health disparities. To advance collaboration and facilitate implementation of selected proposals/projects, successful applicants will be connected to partner relevant IC committees to access their resources and expertise.
- Global Clinical Education and Training
- Global Data and Information Exchange
- Global Liaisons
- Global Medical Physics Education and Training
- Global Needs Assessment
- Global Research and Scientific Innovation
Expected outcomes of the project:
- Joint conference abstract and/or manuscript prepared with co-authorship by both micro-grant awardees and AAPM IC collaborators.
- Presentation at AAPM Annual Meeting.
Supported by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Venture Fund (VF) Member Society Grants Program through the AAPM International Council Project for Increasing Access to Medical Physics Education and Research Excellence (AMPERE) for Global Health.
Eligible Projects will:
- Be proposed and conducted by researchers, or organizations located in LMICs, as defined by the World Bank (see https://data.worldbank.org/products/wdi-maps);
- AAPM members seeking opportunities to partner with a LMIC are encouraged to submit the proposal work with their potential LMIC collaborator;
- Be submitted in English.
- Application due date: April 30, 2022,
- Award notifications will be sent out by May, 31 2022
- Project start date: July 1, 2022.
- Needs Assessment Project end date with submitted project report is December 15, 2022
Program Contact: Lisa SchoberThe program is closed.
The Expanding Horizons Travel Grant program is designed to provide students and trainees with an opportunity to broaden the scope of scientific meetings attended in their career. The proposed meeting should introduce new and relevant topics which may ultimately be incorporated into current or future medical physics research and progress the field in new directions.
Program Year 2022 will be broken into two application cycles:
- Spring (Round 1)
- Fall (Round 2)
The total amount of support funding for use against travel, registration, and/or other expenses associated with attending the proposed meeting will be provided in the form of a reimbursement and is based on attendance type:
- $1,250 if attending IN-PERSON –or–
- $500 if attending VIRTUALLY/ONLINE ONLY
Please Note: $250 of the total award amount—regardless of attendance type—is contingent on a short presentation given by awardee at the next available AAPM Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
- Send junior AAPM researchers to scientific meetings where they may have the opportunity to interact with researchers from other fields.
- Provide junior researchers with the ability to learn new skills from experts in fields outside of medical physics.
- Introduce new topics and ideas from other scientific communities (medicine, physics/engineering, etc.) to the field of medical physics.
- Proposed meeting cannot be specifically related to medical physics.
- Proposed meeting dates must fall within June 1, 2022, and November 30, 2022 (i.e., meeting must have already occurred OR will occur between now and November 30, 2022).
- Must be a current graduate student, post-doctoral candidate, or current resident within five years of graduation at time of submission.
- Must be an AAPM member in good standing at the time of submission.
- Must not be a past Expanding Horizons awardee.
EXAMPLES OF INELIGIBLE MEETINGS
- Any AAPM-sponsored meeting
- American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting
- Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting
- Any meeting regularly attended by institutional group/program (judged on case-by-case basis)
- Any meeting that has previously been supported by an Expanding Horizons Travel Grant under the same Faculty/Advisor/Principal Investigator
Cover Letter/Personal Statement
- Long-term career goals
- Motivation to attend proposed meeting
- Expected scientific value of attendance on dissertation project or future research
- Limit to education, publications, presentations, and any relevant awards
Letter of Recommendation
- Must also confirm that additional expenses outside of total award amount will be covered
Budget/Overall Expected Expenses
Required documents will not be accepted if submitted via email.
Award decisions will be delivered on or around October 7, 2022.
Program Contact: Payton BrownThe program is closed.
This program has been established to recognize and cultivate outstanding researchers at an early stage in their careers, with the goal of promoting a long-term commitment to science within AAPM. The program uses the process of shadowing to integrate the Associates into the scientific activities of the organization. Our review working group will select eight Associates then assign each one to a Mentor from the AAPM Science Council, Research Committee, Data Sciences Committee, Therapy Physics Committee, Imaging Physics Committee, or Technology Assessment Committee. The Associate will participate in selected meetings of their assigned Mentor's Committee and join a Task Group (chosen with input from the Mentor). Other shadowing AAPM-related activities include abstract review, Young Investigator judging, committee activities at the Annual Meeting, etc.
The Science Council (SC) Associates will participate in the program through the end of the following calendar year. Each Associate will be reimbursed up to $2000 to cover the costs (travel-related expenses including flight, hotel, and meeting registration) to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting in DC and the 2023 Annual Meeting in Houston. Announcement details along with Associate's picture and short biosketch will be posted on the AAPM website by early June.
- PhD candidates or early career Medical Physicists within 5 years of earning his / her doctoral degree.
- Must be a member of AAPM at the time of application (any membership category) and maintain membership for the duration of the award period.
- Pending membership status not acceptable.
- Prior Mentorship Program recipients are ineligible.
Required Supporting Documentation (Documents may be combined and submitted as one PDF):
- Cover letter outlining current contributions to Medical Physics research, describing future career plans, and reasons for interest in the Mentorship program. The Cover Letter should specify the committee(s) and/or committee member(s) of interest e.g., Science Council, Research Committee, Therapy Physics Committee, Imaging Physics Committee, or Technology Assessment Committee, and/or member(s) therein
- A diversity statement limited to one single-spaced page that describes how you will support and achieve SCAMP and AAPM’s goals of equity, diversity and inclusion, especially as it relates to supporting the role of women and underrepresented groups in the field.
- CV (no more than 4 pages)
- Brief letter of support from supervisor
Program Contact: Shana DonchatzThe program is closed.
- Must show a commitment to a career focusing on physics-related research with a radiation oncology component.
- Must work at an institution with a well-established research and clinical career development program and qualified faculty in physics and radiation oncology to serve as mentors.
- Must be a physics resident or post-doctoral fellow. Physics residents: your institution must be willing to commit 75% of your time to research for at least one year.
For more information on details about this grant opportunity, please visit:
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program "DREAM" is a 10 week summer program designed to increase the number of women and racially underrepresented groups in medical physics by offering research opportunities, outreach and strategic mentorship geared towards recruiting a more robust and diverse group of skilled undergraduate students in the field of medical physics. DREAM students will be placed into summer research and mentorship groups that are consistent with their research and career interests. DREAM fellows are selected on a competitive basis. Up to six $6,000 stipends will be awarded to selected DREAM fellows. The stipend is based upon an expectation of 40-hour per week effort for 10 weeks.
What is Medical Physics?
Students and Mentors click below to apply (check back in September).
Program Contact: Karen MacFarlandClick Here to Apply
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is a 10 week summer program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. The term of the fellowship is May - September. The mentor and Fellow will determine the exact 10 week schedule. In this program, AAPM serves as a clearinghouse to match exceptional students with exceptional medical physicists, many who are faculty at leading research centers. Students participating in the program are placed into summer positions that are consistent with their interest. Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis to be an AAPM summer fellow. Each summer fellow receives a $6,000 stipend from AAPM. The stipend is based upon an expectation of 40-hour per week effort for 10 weeks.
What is Medical Physics?
Students and Mentors check back in September to apply.
Program Contact: Karen MacFarlandClick Here to Apply
The Fellowship awards program has been restructured from its original single award mechanism to 4 Doctoral awards (PhD or DMP) and 3 MS awards each of $10,000. Additionally, one of the MS and Doctoral awards will be reserved for under-represented applicants (see details below).
Recipient Notified on: May 31, 2023
Program Contact: Karen MacFarland
The Science Council sponsors this exceptional opportunity administered by the Research Committee to support up to two early-career research-oriented AAPM members to become members of the Council of Early Career Investigators in Imaging (CECI2). CECI2 membership includes a year of virtual meetings and possible fully-sponsored in-person attendance at the Medical Imaging Technology Showcase (MedTech), a series of advocacy meetings and NIH events over three days in Washington, DC. (TBD Spring 2023). CECI2 is a program hosted and organized by the Academy of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.
CECI2 includes two levels of membership:
Level 1 membership will engage participants in a digital setting through a variety of webinars, discussions, and workshops with academic Chairs, NIH Program Staff, and industry and society partners, focused on advocacy, NIH funding, mock NIH study sessions, grant application and resubmission, and career development. The Academy estimates that Level 1 programming and participation will last six to eight months and begin in Spring 2022.
Level 2 membership will include invited participants from Level 1, and offer an opportunity for in-person AAPM-sponsored travel to (contingent on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic) and participation in the Academy’s Medical Imaging Technology Showcase, Congressional Events and NIH Meetings. In order to be considered for Level 2 participation, investigators will be chosen from Level 1 by an internal Advisory Council based on meeting a number of benchmarks associated with their Level 1 participation – these criteria will ensure that investigators are highly engaged and motivated throughout the virtual programming of Level 1.
- Post-doctoral fellow, diagnostic or nuclear medicine medical physics resident or fellow, or junior faculty member (i.e. no more than 10 years after post-graduate training and no prior substantial grant-funding as a PI).
- Research focus must be in radiology or biomedical imaging.
- Must be a member of AAPM in good standing at the time of application (any membership category) and maintain membership for the duration of the participation period. Pending membership status is not acceptable.
REQUIRED SUPPORTING MATERIAL
- Cover letter outlining why you wish to attend this event, including information about how it fits into your professional goals.
- Abbreviated CV (5 pages max).
- For residents and fellows, a letter from your supervisor your ability to attend, if selected.
- Two letters of support (one from your supervisor or department Chair), maximum two pages each.
- A short descriptions of your research in layman terms (1-page-minimum). You will potentially be discussing these topics in Congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, and much of your target audience will have a non-scientific background.
- CECIs meet with representative from NIH Institutes and Centers. Please indicate which Institutes and Centers you would be interested in visiting and why.
- This is a competitive opportunity, only ONE AAPM candidate may ultimately be selected.
- Any number of candidates may apply or be nominated from a single academic department. But if two participants are ultimately selected, they will NOT be from the same academic institution.
- AAPM assumes all candidates are available to be fully engaged in both Level 1 programming and, if selected, Level 2 programming.
Recipient(s) notified by: March 15, 2022
For further information, there will be an Academy 2022 CECI² Program Q&A Session that will take place on Friday, February 11th, from 3-4PM EST.
Program Contact: Emily TownleyThe program is closed.