About DHFMR grants and awards:

Q: Who can apply for DHFMR grants and awards?
Q: What kind of research does DHFMR support?
Q: What is a DHFMR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER AWARD?
Q: What is a SEED GRANT PROGRAM?
Q: Who is eligible to be a Principal Investigator?
Q: Is there an optimal number of Co-Investigators that should be involved with a project?
Q: Are junior investigators encouraged to submit applications, and if so, does a senior person need to be included on the research team?
Q: What are GUIDELINES FOR A LETTER OF INTENT for Collaborative Research Centers / Seed Grant Awards?
Q: After an RFP is issued, what are GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL for Collaborative Research Centers / Seed Grant Awards?
Q: Who are the reviewers of the grant and fellowship applications and what purpose do they serve?
Q: What kind of detail is needed for the budget submission?
Q: How can the award be spent?
Q: How can I form collaboration / get in touch with scientists from Harvard Medical School?
Q: What is a DHFMR FELLOWSHIP AWARD?
Q: What are Letter of Intent Guidelines for DHFMR Researxzxcch Fellowship Awards?
Q: Where can I find information about deadlines for new DHFMR grant opportunities?
Q: What is DHFMR SCIENCE WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS PROGRAM?

About other opportunities with DHFMR:

Q: Does DHFMR provide career opportunities for research scientists?
Q: Does DHFMR provides internship / observership / volunteer opportunities?
Q: Does DHFMR provide educational opportunities for graduate students, such as Master’s and PhD degrees?
Q: How can I find about job opportunities at the Foundation?
Q: Who can I learn about donating opportunities at DHFMR?

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About DHFMR GRANTS AND AWARDS:

Q: Who can apply for 'DHFMR' grants and awards?

The foundation supports training opportunities for scientists at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels (those who already have an MD or PhD) from HMS and the Middle East region, as well as other researchers from US and abroad whose work is relevant to the region, through research grants and fellowships (*the only exception to this  is the Science Writers and Journalists Program, whose applicants are required to have at least a Master’s degree in a related field).

Q: What kind of research does 'DHFMR' support?

Proposed research activities may draw upon recent advances in the basic medical and biomedical sciences – including such fields as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and pharmacology – that provide new opportunities for alleviating human disease.

The Foundation’s programs include collaborative research initiatives between developing or existing research programs and laboratories at Harvard Medical School and similar programs at academic and research facilities in the Middle East.  These collaborations are identified as DHFMR Collaborative Research Centers, and provide multi-year opportunities for researchers and scientists to focus on diseases and health issues relevant to the populations of the Middle East region.

DHMFR also supports research for individual researchers and scientists at the post-doctoral level for 3-year Research Fellowships. Ideally, these individuals will be in the early stage of their career Young Investigators, who show the promise and talent to become the Middle East region’s future leaders in scientific research. They will train at a Harvard Medical School laboratory and will be expected to return to the region to continue their career.

Q: What is a 'DHFMR' COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTER AWARD?

The Collaborative Research Center Awards are given to innovative research collaborations between laboratories and research centers located at Harvard Medical School and laboratories and research centers in the Middle East region. The research focus should be relevant to the regional population. Each partner laboratory or center should be headed by individuals with a doctorate in medicine, a PhD in medicine or other health related field or in biomedical sciences. Both sides (from HMS and the Region) must submit and sign a “Statement of Collaboration,” clarifying what and where components of research will be conducted highlighting areas of interactions.

DHFMR Collaborative Research Center awards will provide up to $350,000 per year for a maximum of five years.

Q: What is a SEED GRANT PROGRAM Award?

While DHFMR Collaborative Research Center awards provide support for early, middle or advanced stages of collaboration, the DHFMR Seed Grant Program awards are available to candidates whose collaborative research initiatives in the conceptual or beginning phase of development. DHFMR Seed Grant Program awards provide initial research support for new investigators, or for the exploration of innovative new directions for established researchers. Both sides (HMS and the Region must submit and sign the “Statements of Collaboration,” clarifying what and where components of research will be conducted highlighting areas of interactions. DHFMR Seed Grand Program awards will award up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of two years.

Q:  Who is eligible to be a Principal Investigator?

Any faculty member who holds a Harvard Medical School faculty appointment is eligible to be a Principal Investigator. Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Instructors, Lecturers, and Research Associates are eligible to apply. Clinical trainees, post-doctoral and clinical fellows cannot serve as the Principal Investigators, but may serve as Co-Investigators, provided they make a substantial contribution to the project, helped conceive of the experimental idea, contributed to the intellectual development of the project; and/or designed the study or part thereof (scientific or technical details), and will be involved with the study throughout the funding year.

Q:  Is there an optimal number of Co-Investigators that should be involved with a project?

There is no limit to the number of Co-Investigators that may be listed on a project. The Principal Investigator should include as many Co-Investigators as are needed to complete the project.

Q:  Are junior investigators encouraged to submit applications, and if so, does a senior person need to be included on the research team?

As long as the team has relevant experience and expertise, junior investigators are encouraged to submit applications, especially to the DHFMR Seed Grant Program.

Q: What are GUIDELINES FOR A LETTER OF INTENT for Collaborative Research Centers / Seed Grant Awards?

Candidates for DHFMR Collaborative Research Center Awards are invited to submit a Letter of Intent indicating their interest in the program as a preliminary step to responding to a formal Request for Proposals. A Letter of Intent must include the following information:

  1. Name, address and contact information
  2. Specific research aims – 1 page
  3. Background and significance of proposed research – 1 page
  4. An outline of the proposed research plan and methods – 1 page
  5. A brief list of relevant publications – 1 page

Letters of Intent must be submitted by the Principal Investigator(s), and/or research laboratory Director, and should include a brief CV (not to exceed 2 pages) of each of the principal researchers.  It is not necessary to submit a budget at this stage.

Q: After an 'RFP' is issued, what are GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL for Collaborative Research Centers / Seed Grant Awards?

The proposal should contain the following sections:

  1. Title Page and Introduction:
    1. Applicant Information
    2. Names and contact information of the Principal Investigators
    3. Letters of Support from the Department Chair or Research Director, including a clear statement about feasibility of any sample sharing and shipment
    4. Lay Abstract (no more than one page)
  2. CVs and statements:
    1. Biosketch of all Principal and Co-Investigators (not to exceed two pages per person)
    2. Statements of Collaboration clarifying what and where components of research will be conducted highlighting areas of interactions
  3. Proposal (no more than 12 pages):
    1. Research Plan
    2. Teaching and Mentoring Experience
    3. Scientific Abstract
    4. Facilities and Resources
    5. Budget
    6. IRB Approval Sheet (optional)
  4. Bibliography

Q:  Who are the reviewers of the grant and fellowship applications and what purpose do they serve?

They are HMS faculty members and independent outside reviewers, who have substantial and broad independent research experience. The applicants are also asked to nominate volunteer reviewers (from their respective fields) who will be also included in the process.

The reviewers will be asked to comment on the following primary considerations:

  1. Originality and feasibility of the research
  2. Viability of the collaboration
  3. Capability of the Principal Investigator(s) and co-Investigator(s)
  4. Skill-transfer and training, and capacity building.
  5. Relevance and potential benefits to the Middle East region.

Q:  What kind of detail is needed for the budget submission?

A detailed budget is required with the full application.

Q:  How can the award be spent?

The award funds can be spent on direct costs such as supplies or salary. Any institutional indirect cost must be part of the full budget. DHFMR will support
up to 20% of any institutional indirect cost.

Q: How can I form a collaboration / contact scientists from Harvard Medical School?

DHFMR can facilitate the process by clarifying or answering any question in regards to the application process to prospective collaborators. However, it is up to the applicants to initiate and establish collaboration with each other. Links on DHFMR website provide access and contact information of the labs and research institutes Harvard Medical School and Harvard University.

Q: What is a 'DHFMR' FELLOWSHIP AWARD?

DHFMR Research Fellowship Awards are open to individuals with a MD, a PhD or a MD/PhD in health-related or biomedical sciences from the Middle East Region, who are working in the Region or considering returning to work in the Region. Research Fellowship Awards will be granted for a maximum of three years; award recipients will be expected to be located at Harvard Medical School for the entire funded period or for significant amounts of time during the funded period to work with senior researchers and mentors.  .

Successful candidates must demonstrate outstanding performance during their education and training, and will have exhibited promise as potential contributors in science relevant to human health.  DHFMR will favor Letters of Intent that demonstrate an innovative and creative approach to medical, biomedical or translational research. Candidates for Fellowship Awards must be less than 40 years of age by the application deadline.

Q: What are Letter of Intent Guidelines for 'DHFMR' Research Fellowship Awards?

Candidates for DHFMR Research Fellowship Awards are also invited to submit a LETTER OF INTENT which must include the following information:

  1. Name, address and contact information
  2. Academic accomplishments and research experience – 1 page
  3. How a Research Fellowship would benefit their career – 1 page
  4. An outline of the proposed research plan and methods – 1 page
  5. A brief CV - not to exceed 2 pages
  6. Letters of Support from the Department Chair or Research Director

Previous research experience and accomplishments, potential to pursue innovative research, demonstrated ability to work independently, while part of a larger research team or collaborative effort, and publication history will be taken into account

Q: Where can I find information about deadlines for new 'DHFMR' grant opportunities?

Information about the Foundation’s grant opportunities is available at dhfmr.hms.harvard.edu. Please check the website frequently for the latest updates, and feel free to write to us at dhfmr@hms.harvard.edu if you need additional information or wish to be included in DHFMR mailing list.

Q: What is 'DHFMR' SCIENCE WRITERS AND JOURNALISTS PROGRAM?

The program is designed to give science writers, journalists and broadcasters from the Middle East region the opportunity to increase the depth and breadth of their reporting on health care, medical innovation, and scientific research. The journalists travel to Boston for a weeklong intensive fellowship program, held at Harvard Medical School (HMS), is conducted in association with the HMS Office of Public Affairs.

The Science Writers and Journalists Fellowship Program is part of the Foundation’s mission to help drive a resurgence in scientific inquiry and discovery in the Middle East, and lead to innovations that will address the region’s most pressing health problems. The program is held annually, in the spring, and the invitation for applications are announced a few months prior to that.

About other opportunities with DHFMR

Q: Does 'DHFMR' provide career opportunities for research scientists?

DHFMR does not provide career opportunities for research scientists.

Q: Does 'DHFMR' provide internship / observership / volunteer opportunities?

DHFMR does not provide internship / observership / volunteer opportunities.

Q: Does 'DHFMR' provide educational opportunities for graduate students, such as Master’s and PhD degrees?

No. For enrolment in a degree program and the educational opportunities at Harvard Medical School or other schools at Harvard University, please contact their admissions offices (list of all schools is available at www.harvard.edu).

Q: How can I find about job opportunities at 'DHFMR'?

DHFMR does not have any job openings at this time. Any prospective job opportunities will be posted at Harvard University employment website, at www.employment.harvard.edu.

Q: Who can I learn about donating opportunities at 'DHFMR'?

Financial support of the Foundation offers philanthropists the opportunity to drive biomedical research in a number of critical disease areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders affecting children, among others. Founder Members are invited to join the Foundation Council, and will take their place beside a small number of like-minded individuals who share the vision of establishing Dubai as a center of medical excellence.
For further information please email dhfmr@hms.harvard.edu, or contact Jasmin Mehovic, Program Manager, at +1-617-998-8859.

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The Harvard Medical School Safety, Quality and Informatics Leadership (SQIL) Program is a one-year certificate program designed to develop knowledge and skills in patient safety, quality, informatics and leadership. The Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) offers a limited number of partial scholarships to selected candidates. Priority is given to candidates from the United Arab Emirates, but candidates from the GCC and MENA region, regardless of nationality, will also be considered. The Deadline for Applying for a Scholarship is March 1, 2015.

 

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