The PSF Research Grant and Fellowship Programs
Through its main funding programs, The PSF supports investigators from the beginning of their careers, during residency on up to well-established plastic surgeons.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
ASE/PSF Combined Research Grant
The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) recognize the importance of fostering the development of surgeon scientists that yield improvements in patient care in surgery. The ASE/PSF Combined Research Grant is intended to fund a research project that will advance the scientific knowledge and aim to develop and validate new methods of surgical care.
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Combined Pilot Research Grants
The PSF, along with the AAHS, AAPPS, AAPS, ACAPS, ASMS, ASPN, ASRM, and PSRC recognize the importance of promoting innovative research in hand surgery, academic plastic surgery related to research, peripheral nerve research, microsurgery, and stimulating fundamental research in plastic surgery. Together, these subspecialty organizations are dedicated to fostering the development of surgeon scientists and are committed to increasing the amount of research dollars, in order to fund pilot research studies that set the stage for investigators to apply to larger funding agencies.
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Pilot Research Grant
The PSF Pilot Research Grant is intended to support residents and junior faculty in their efforts to address focused research questions, obtain preliminary data to support larger grant proposals in the future, and develop a line of research that can be carried forward into an academic career. This grant supports the preliminary or pilot phase of these research projects. Senior investigators are encouraged to use other funding mechanisms, but may apply for this grant if they are proposing a new research concept or novel idea for which no prior funding has been obtained. Projects that are a prelude to the NIH or other external funding agencies are encouraged.
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National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant
The National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant is intended to support research projects which translate clinical or basic science research findings into clinically relevant advancements or tools with a high likelihood of impacting daily practice and patient care within the next few years. Applications will be evaluated based upon the importance of the study question, soundness of study design, demonstration of study feasibility through preliminary/pilot data, the quality of the investigator team, and use of appropriate statistical and analytic methods.
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Research Fellowship Grants
The PSF supports investigators from the beginning of their careers, during residency and as they advance to becoming experienced and well-established plastic surgeons. The purpose of the Research Fellowship Grant is to encourage research and academic career development in plastic surgery. This grant is for salary support only for a Resident or Fellow to obtain training and experience in research, under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The application must describe a structured research training plan, in addition to a research project. Only already funded research projects will be considered. Evaluation of the application will place emphasis on the research training experience, research project, applicant potential, and mentor qualifications and commitment to mentoring. Research Fellowship grants must be used for salary support only.
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The PSF/MTF Allograft Tissue Research Grant
The PSF and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) offer research grants to investigators studying allograft tissue transplantation in plastic and reconstructive surgery. These grants are intended to provide support for research projects focused on biologic reconstruction with a strong clinical translation component that utilize dermal, adipose, placental or other allograft transplant technologies. The PSF and MTF offer research grants for projects with a high likelihood of impact on scientific discipline and/or on patient care. Examples of clinical technologies of interest include but are not limited to the use of allograft biologics in breast reconstruction, wound healing, nose reshaping, soft tissue defect filling and other applications of allograft tissue in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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Grant Topics Evaluated in 2016
Grant applicants for the 2016 cycle requested a total over $3.1 million dollars. The PSF Study Section subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated 125 grant applications on the following topics:
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High Priority Research Areas
The PSF has identified the following high-priority research areas in plastic surgery:
- Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
- Stem cell biology
- Fat grafting and adipose matrices
- Allograft dermis/epidermis for wound healing
- Vascularized composite allograft
- Breast reconstruction
- The use of biologics in breast reconstruction
- Surgical education
- Safety, outcomes and health services research studies
- Comparative effectiveness/cost studies
- Breast Implants
- ALCL and Breast Implants
The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs to be paid by grants awarded by The PSF.