It Takes a Village: Finding Support for Your Clinical Research Project
Speaker: Kyle Arnoldi, CO
Special Discussant: Sharon Michalovic, Clinical Coordinator
Moderator: Linda Colpa OC(C)
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
No clinical researcher undertakes a project without support. Often that support is in the form of co-investigators, examiners, and clinical coordinators. But sometimes, support also means funding. The need for a piece of equipment, new software, or specialized personnel (such as a biomedical statistician) does not have to be the primary obstacle to investigation.
There are many sources of funding available, but the type that would be most applicable to orthoptic clinical research would be Research Grants. There are several sources of grants including Federal Grants, Private Industry-Sponsored Grants, Disease-Specific Private Grants, University Grants, and Non-Profit Organization Grants. Each of these five categories includes multiple different types of grants, each with their own specific eligibility requirements, application, and review process. As with successful IRB applications (Webinar #5), many grant applications do not allow for an Orthoptist with no advanced degree (MD or PhD) to apply as the Principal Investigator (PI). The PI is the individual responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of the clinical research project and therefore also the research grant. There are exceptions, most notably the FOREA Research Grant.
This webinar will present an overview of Research Grants, with a more in-depth look at funding sources for which an Orthoptist may be eligible to apply. We will also define the roles, rights and responsibilities of the PI, co-investigators, and clinical coordinator. We will discuss the benefits of applying for a Research Grant, the typical information and materials needed to apply, and the way in which most Grants are awarded and administered. The need for funding and how those funds might best be used to conduct clinical research will be reviewed. Finally, we will comment on the responsibilities and pitfalls of sponsorship with respect to conflict of interest and ethics of clinical research, referring to Webinars # 3 and 4.
Video Link: Session 6: Research Grants
Cost: There is no cost to attend the April webinar. Rather, we ask that you consider a donation to support our mission. FOREA suggests a donation of $25 to help keep the webinar series available to students and certified orthoptists. However, no amount is too large or too small as FOREA depends solely on generous individuals like you to keep all of our programs alive!
This webinar has been awarded 1.5 core COC CME and 1.5 core AOC CME.
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