Deadline 2015/03/03 - KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology

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Congratulations to the 2013 Winners of the KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology

  • David E. Reichman, M.D., of the Ronald O. Perelman & Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, for his project titled “Identification, Characterization, and Pre-clinical Application of Cardiac Endothelial Cells Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells;” 
  • Erin Foran Wolff, M.D., of the Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, for her project titled “Ovarian Stem Cell Transplant for Premature Ovarian Failure.”


This is a $20,000 grant awarded by ASRM and supported by an endowment from the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation. The purpose of this award is to provide start-up funds to initiate an innovative research project in regenerative medicine and stem cell technology. Funds are available for salary support, technical assistance, supplies, durable equipment or other project expenses but may not be used for indirect costs, or institutional overhead.


A research project in which the applicant is the primary investigator is the essential core of the grant. A progress report and a financial report on the work sponsored by the KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology are required to be submitted to the ASRM Office at the completion of the project or within two years, whichever comes first. This report should be signed by the recipient of the award and the Chair of the Department. At the conclusion of the project, a manuscript should be submitted for review by the Editorial Board for publication in Fertility and Sterility, the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics or another peer reviewed journal if more appropriate. Any published report must carry the acknowledgment “Supported by the KY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology.” If data are presented at a national or international scientific meeting, they should be presented at the ASRM Annual Meeting. If the applicant has other funding for the same project then the proposed project must represent a significant enhancement of the research already funded. 


Candidates eligible for the ASRM Career Development Award: 

  • Earned an M.D., a Ph.D., a D.O., and/or a D.V.M. degree or their equivalents (M.D. degree not required)
  • Be an independent investigator who has completed his/her training and has a full-time faculty/research staff appointment as of July 1, 2014; note that clinical and research students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral trainees are not eligible.
  • Have been an associate or active member of the ASRM at least since January 1, 2013.
  • Have not ever received any other ASRM research award (not including Reproductive Scientist Development Program, Frontiers in Reproduction Program, and SREI/ASRM traineeship [T32] awardees).


There is no application form. The application consists of the following seven items in this order (10 point font or greater):

  1. Cover sheet - including title of research proposal, applicant’s name and degree(s), address, telephone, fax, and email.
  2. Research Proposal – the description of the research project should be presented in NIH format using six pages or less, including references.
  3. Budget– a one-page budget should be prepared and signed by the applicant and by the Department Chair (see template).
  4. Statement of Career Goals – briefly list and/or describe career goals.
  5. Curriculum Vitae – this should include basic personal data, educational background, past and present positions, honors, achievements, and publications; limited to three pages, please.
  6. Letter of Recommendation from Division Director or Department Chair – signed letter on company/organizational letterhead.
  7. Letter of Intent from Chair of the Department – this letter should state that the award money will only be allocated to salary support for research time, project supplies, and/or support personnel for the project. The letter should also state that the award money will not be used for laboratory equipment, indirect costs or institutional overhead, and should affirm that laboratory space with proper equipment will be available for the investigator to carry out the project.


You will receive an email acknowledgement when your application is received. If you have not received an acknowledgement by March 7, 2014, please contact: Ms. Meredith Sauls, ASRM, 205-978-5000 x126, Fax 205-978-5005, or email


Selection of an award recipient is made by ASRM and is based primarily on the scientific merit of the proposed study and the qualifications of the applicant. Also, consideration is given to the availability of resources to conduct the proposed study and the identification of a suitable environment for the pursuit of the proposed project. The awardee will be notified by June 1, 2014, and funding will commence July 1, 2014. The awardee is required to attend the 2014 ASRM Annual Meeting to receive formal recognition and the 2015 Annual Meeting as an invited speaker.

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