RAPID Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Topics:


Eligibility

  1. I am not an APA member. Can I still submit a proposal?
    Both the applicant and their primary mentor must be a member of the Academic Pediatric Association. Click here to apply for membership and learn about the other programs within the APA.
  2. What is the definition of a RAPID Scholar?
    APA RAPID Scholars are defined as:
    • Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training.
    • Fellows who will be in their final year of fellowship during their RAPID cycle.
  3. Can previous RAPID Scholars apply?
    If you have previously received a RAPID or Young Investigator Award, you are not eligible to submit a proposal. These are one-time awards. Previous awardees are encouraged to act as mentors or national mentors for current awardees.
  4. Does the RAPID Program allow co-investigators?
    No, applications from co-investigators will not be considered.
  5. Proposals & Application Process

    1. Should checklists be submitted with the initial and full proposals?
      No, your application checklist is intended to assure you prepare all necessary materials and should not be submitted.
    2. What is the Participation Statement?
      The participation statement is included on the bottom of the Cover Page to be submitted with your proposal. Should an applicant receive funding through the RAPID Program, they must commit to attending any conference calls or in-person meetings.
    3. Where do I send my proposal?
      Please submit all materials through the online application. If you experience issues with the application, please send an email to yia@academicpeds.org.
    4. What format should I use for my biosketch?
      The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form and may not exceed five pages. Instructions for completing the biosketch form can be found here. The NIH biosketch includes a Personal Statement. As part of this statement, please describe how the proposal relates to and will help to facilitate the investigator's career path for this purpose as it relates to the proposed research agenda. Please include a biosketch for both the applicant and primary mentor.

    Mentors

    1. Is it acceptable for two applicants to share a mentor?
      It is not a problem to act as a mentor for multiple applicants. However, the RAPID Program does not typically fund more than one application from the same institution.
    2. I am currently working with two primary mentors. Is it okay to have co-mentors included in my application?
      Co-mentors are acceptable.
    3. To whom should my mentor's letter of support be addressed?
      All letters of support can be directed to the RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC).
    4. Will it help my application if I identify a national mentor in my proposal submission?
      The RAPID Program will assign a National Advisory Committee (NAC) member to act as a national advisor for each selected RAPID Scholar.

    Budget

    1. Is travel to PAS required?
      Yes, your budget should include travel to PAS. If your travel to the meeting is covered by another source, that should be clearly stated in your budget and budget justification.
    2. What is the process for requesting a no-cost extension (NCE)?
      A no-cost extension (NCE) for up to 12 months is possible, subject to justification and approval by the RAPID National Advisory Committee.
    3. My institution requires that I include indirect costs. Is this acceptable?
      Indirect costs are not acceptable and will not be considered.
    4. Can I include myself or my mentor in the budget to cover time spent on the project?
      Neither an applicant nor mentor may have effort.
    5. Can I include funds for a statistician in my budget?
      Yes, direct costs for statisticians are acceptable. This cost should be properly justified in the submitted proposal.
    6. Can I include funds for a research assistant in my budget?
      Yes, direct costs for research assistants are acceptable. This cost should be properly justified in the submitted proposal.
    7. I have completed my project but there are some funds remaining. Should remaining funds be returned to the APA?
      Yes, all remaining funds should be returned via check to the APA Central Office by mail:

      Academic Pediatric Association
      Attn: YIA Program
      6728 Old McLean Village Drive
      McLean, VA 22101

      Please make sure to notify the APA Central Office that remaining funds exist and will be returned by sending an email to yia@academicpeds.org.

    Transferring Institutions

    1. I am transferring institutions. What is the process for transferring my award funds?
      Please notify the APA of institutional changes via written notice on institutional letterhead. Include your name, contact information, project title, funding path, and the contact information of the administrator handling your award funds at your current institution. Any unused funds at your current institution should be returned via check to the APA Central Office by mail:

      Academic Pediatric Association
      Attn: YIA Program
      6728 Old McLean Village Drive
      McLean, VA 22101

      The written notice may also be sent by email at yia@academicpeds.org.

      APA will disburse your remaining award funds after receipt of payment information for your new institution. Please note this may take a couple of months pending your institution's internal processes.
    2. I am transferring institutions. Should I identify a local mentor at my new institution?
      You do not necessarily need a new mentor, but it would be a great opportunity to find one local to you!

      If you and your current mentor plan to continue working together, please provide a letter of support that shares a revised plan for communication.

      If you identify a mentor at your new institution, please submit a letter of support that describes the mentor's research experience and skills in relation to the proposal, as well as the responsibilities of the mentor in supervising the investigator for this proposal. This letter should include a plan for communication with the mentee and the institutional support for the proposed research (e.g. in-kind resources, infrastructure to support the young investigator and proposed research project, expenses not covered by the award).

    RAPID Mentoring and Career Development Conference

    1. Who is eligible to attend the RAPID Conference?
      The attendees include invited young scholars (residents, fellows, and junior faculty) from disadvantaged backgrounds, along with the RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC), and current RAPID Scholars.
    2. Do I need to be an APA member to attend the RAPID Conference?
      Yes, all attendees must be a member of the Academic Pediatric Association. Click here to apply for membership and learn about the other programs within the APA.

 

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