Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
The Greenwall Foundation
Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and Principal Investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. The University and the System Agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.
Institutional Eligibility: Only one applicant from a university will be considered. Institutions are requested to have an internal screening and selection process. A university with a law school, medical school, several teaching hospitals, and a faculty of arts and sciences, for example, may nominate only one applicant.
PI Eligibility: Applicants must be junior faculty members holding at least a 60% appointment in a tenure series at a university or non-profit research institute in the U.S. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, who have not received a comparable career development award, and whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice.
Faculty Scholars will be selected on the basis of their achievements, the strength of their research project, their commitment to the field of bioethics, and support from their home institution. While the amount and quality of an applicant's research in bioethics will count favorably towards his/her application, outstanding candidates with less direct experience in bioethics will also be considered.
Within this group, priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and emerging topics. Lower priority will be given to applicants who are primarily carrying out institutional change, educational reform, or theoretical bioethics research.
The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).
Proposal Limit: 1
Summary: The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. Each year three Greenwall Faculty Scholars are selected to receive 50 percent salary support for three years to enable them to develop their research program.
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.
Scholars and Alumni/ae attend twice-yearly meetings, where they present their work in progress, receive feedback and mentoring from the Faculty Scholars Program Committee and other Scholars, and have the opportunity to develop collaborations with other researchers. The ongoing involvement of Alumni/ae with the Program provides them ongoing opportunities for professional development and feedback and engages them in mentoring of younger Scholars.
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumni/ae.
What does the Faculty Scholars Program Committee look for in applications?
1. The proposed project. Does it address an important bioethics issue in an innovative way? Does the application show how the project will make a significant advance beyond what has already been published on the topic? Is the applicant thinking about the conceptual and normative ethical issues regarding the topic in a rigorous and creative way?
We commonly receive proposals to carry out an empirical study of a topic that has a bioethics component. The most successful of these proposals have already conducted enough empirical research to allow the applicant to discuss what conceptual or normative bioethics issues they will focus on. Because the Greenwall Faculty Scholar award supports only effort of the Scholar, other support will be needed to collect and analyze new empirical data. Applicants who propose to carry out focus groups and a survey on a topic that intersects with bioethics, without a strong conceptual framework and normative analysis, are unlikely to be successful. Applicants who are extending previous empirical research to a new population or clinical condition are unlikely to be successful unless there is a persuasive demonstration of how their proposed work is innovative.
2. Demonstrated ability to carry out innovative bioethics research. At the full application stage of the selection process, the Faculty Scholars Program Committee carefully reads a peer-reviewed first-authored bioethics paper written by the applicant. Because this demonstrated publication of bioethics research is given great weights, applicants who have not yet published a strong bioethics article will not be successful. Scholars who have published a book should submit a chapter that best indicates the quality of their thinking in bioethics.
What bioethics activities do we not fund?
There are a number of bioethics-related activities that we do not fund.
• We do not fund Scholars to carry out bioethics teaching, institutional change, or quality improvement on bioethical issues. We expect, however, that Greenwall Faculty Scholars, and the students they teach, will do such activities during their careers.
• We do not fund theoretical ethics research without clear application to pressing, real-world problems in patient care, biomedical research, or public policy
• We do not fund survey research or quality research that touches on a bioethics issue unless there is a strong conceptual analysis of the bioethics issue or thoughtful analysis of the bioethics implications of the empirical findings. We are, however, interested in bioethics researchers who want to work on conceptual or normative analysis linked to their empirical findings.
• We do not fund basic science research that has implications for a bioethics issue.
• We do not fund bioethics work directed towards predetermined conclusions.
Although these are important topics, our limited resources require us to focus on our mission.
As a nonprofit organization, we do not support or engage in political advocacy.
September 12, 2014: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.
Send email of intent to email@example.com
September 17, 2014: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.
All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.
Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 3 page Letter of Intent and a CV, no longer than 3 single-spaced pages. The Letter of Intent should follow the sponsor guidelines and include:
• A description of the research proposal, particularly its significance
• How the research will be carried out and how it is likely to have an impact on public policy or clinical practice
• A personal statement describing the applicant's goals in the field of bioethics
The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M Principal Investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.
If you have any questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.862.2233.
October 10, 2014: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.
November 3, 2014: Sponsor deadline for the Required Letter of Intent by 3pm Central Time. Approximately 12 applicants will then be invited to submit a full application.
The Greenwall Foundation accepts applications for this program yearly.
Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions. Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.