Translation Innovation Fellowship

Translation Innovation Fellowship Winner:

Kevin King, MD, PhD, is a Cardiovascular Medicine Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his project is entitled “Development of a Completely Passive Home Monitoring System for Early Detection of Cardiopulmonary Complication of Cancer and its Treatments” has received the Translational Innovation Fellowship. The outcome of this fellowship will be a prototype that can then be used in future clinical studies.

Timeline for this RFA:

Application Due Date: 10 January 2014 24 January 2014

Notification: 1 February 2014

Fellowship Period (flexible): 1 March 2014- 30 June 2014.

We are requesting applications for a Translation Innovation Fellowship.  A maximum of two fellowships will be awarded this year. The period of the fellowship is negotiable, but should be completed before June 30, 2014.

The Center: Technologies to enable cancer treatments in local clinics or as home care could significantly lower healthcare costs. Examples include but are not limited to targeted ultrasound and light-based treatments, tools for monitoring chemotherapy patients at home between treatments, novel drug delivery methods, diagnostics and mobile health strategies.

Purpose of the Fellowship:  The fellowship is meant to support the development of a new technology in the area of point-of-care technologies for the treatment, screening, diagnosis or monitoring of cancer.  The fellowship will allow the Fellow to spend protected time on activities that are aimed at technology development and directed professional development (training) that will support applications for follow on funding.  Fellows are encouraged to propose multidisciplinary work during in the fellowship period.  Strong proposals will integrate clinical needs assessment with technological and engineering aspects, and will specifically focus on the challenges of devices meant for use at the point-of-care.   Fellows will be encouraged to apply for follow on funding through the CFTCC and other agencies and foundations or, if appropriate, to seek private funding.

Elligibility: Applicants must hold an M.D. or a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Post doctoral researchers are eligible only if their current funding mechanism allows them to accept additional funding. The fellowship is specifically for academic research.*

*If you are supporting or have a collaboration with a post-doctoral research or a faculty member at a university or teaching institute, please encourage them to apply.

Amount and Use of Funds: Funds up to $30,000 are available (total costs).  Funds can be used for salary support, prototype development, proof of concept experiments and/or field testing.  Fellows may use some of the funds to travel to Boston for meetings and work at the Center.  The CFTCC will offer assistance to the Fellow in the form of prototyping and early clinical assessment of the new technology, including advice regarding intellectual property and regulatory issues.

Application Instructions 

Please use Arial 11 font, and 0.5 inch margins on all sides.  Preliminary data is allowed and encouraged. The application package should be no more than ten (10) pages total. Applications that do not meet the formatting instructions will not be read.

1. Cover SheetThe cover page with the requested signatures must be included (1 page).

2. Curriculum Vitae: The application should include a current NIH Biosketch (page limit 4 pages). 

3. Description of the Technology: The applicant should describe the technology in no more than three (3) pages, including figures and references. A description of the proposed activity during the fellowship should be included. Metrics for success should be listed and discussed.  These may be listed in terms of milestones. Plans for follow on funding beyond the fellowship period should be addressed.

4. Description of CFTCC Involvement: The applicant should describe in no more than one (1) page how the proposed technology matches the mission of the Center and how the Center resources will contribute to the eventual translation of the technology.

5. Budget: A one (1) page budget describing how the fellowship money will be spent should be included. List all salaries, supplies, travel, etc. Please use the Budget Form .

Please submit the completed application as ONE PDF to hfawcett@bu.edu by 5 pm EDT 1/10/14.