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Monday, September 2, 2013

ASH Bridge Grant Program

Research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains in serious jeopardy. NIH's inflation-adjusted budget today is almost 20 percent lower than it was in FY2003. Because the Congress was unable to reach an agreement on how to reduce the deficit, on March 1, President Obama issued the order implementing the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration."
Under sequestration, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget will be cut by $1.6 billion over the next seven months.NIH released its operating plan in the event of sequestration, which states each Institute and Center will determine their approaches to meeting the new budget level; additional details from the Agency continue to be released. Sequestration would result in cuts in extramural grants and slowing momentum for the development of new treatments, or even cures, for seriously ill patients with deadly diseases. Now more than ever it is imperative for the Society and the hematology community to fight for hematology funding and the future of the specialty.
As a demonstration of its commitment to protecting the field and those who have dedicated their careers to the specialty, ASH has pledged $9 million to a new, three-year bridge grant program to help preserve the careers of its talented member scientists whose vital research will not be accomplished due to across-the-board cuts to the NIH budget.
Read more about the introduction of the ASH Bridge Grant Program in this ASH press release.
Read more about the inaugural Bridge Grant recipients in this ASH press release.
Read a CNN Money article profiling ASH Bridge Grant recipients.

About the Award

In 2013 and for the next two years, ASH’s new bridge grant program will provide at least 30 one-year awards annually, in the amount of $100,000 each, to ASH members who applied for an NIH R01 grant or equivalent but were denied funding due to budget cutbacks. The long-term goal of the award is to help sustain recipients’ research and contribute to their retention in hematology investigation.

Award Timeline

Application deadline:April 19, 2013
Applicant notification of acceptance:Early-Mid July, 2013
Application deadline:November 1, 2013
Applicant notification of acceptance:Mid-Late January, 2014
ASH intends for there to be four additional rounds of applications with due dates of November 1 and April 1. Check this page on a regular basis or join a mailing list to receive updates and additional information regarding specific application dates.

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