Research Fellowship Grants are intended to provide anesthesiology residents and fellows with the opportunity to obtain significant training in research techniques and scientific methods.
The RFG is a one-year (12-month), $75,000 award for anesthesiology trainees after the CA-1 year. The RFG is awarded in conjunction with clinical training in an anesthesiology residency or fellowship program. The RFG requires 80 percent research time.
At the time of the award, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements.
• U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or holder of H-1 visa with minimum of three years remaining. A J-1 visa holder would not qualify.
• Graduate physician who is enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program in anesthesiology or who is accepted into a clinical fellowship program sponsored by an ACGME-accredited residency program in anesthesiology. Note that the particular clinical fellowship program does not need to be ACGME-accredited.
• Active or resident member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
• The RFG is not intended for residents and fellows who have received previous extramural funding (more than $100,000).
Research Time Requirements
Prior to beginning FAER-funded research, the recipient must have completed at least six months of research as a part of their core residency program (CA1 – CA3). This work should be consistent with the American Board of Anesthesiology templates for research. The six months of research must be completed before the start of a FAER-funded project, but it does not have to be completed before submitting a FAER grant application.
RFG Timeline Options
• OPTION 1: Complete the 12 months of FAER-funded research during anesthesiology residency. To meet residency requirements set by the ACGME and individual anesthesiology departments, the 12 months of FAER-funded research may be spread out over an 18- or 24-month period. Total residency program time would include the CA1 – CA4 years.
• OPTION 2: Complete the 12 months of FAER-funded research immediately before a one-year clinical fellowship sponsored by an ACGME-accredited residency program.
• OPTION 3: Complete the 12 months of FAER-funded research immediately after a one-year clinical fellowship sponsored by an ACGME-accredited residency program.
• OPTION 4: Intersperse the 12 months of FAER-funded research within a one-year clinical fellowship sponsored by an ACGME-accredited residency program. The combined clinical fellowship and FAER-funded research fellowship is expected to be the full 12 months longer than the clinical fellowship would be alone, even if research time is allowed during the clinical fellowship.
Percent Research Time
• During the 12 months of FAER-funded research, the recipient must devote a minimum commitment equivalent of 9.6 calendar person months — 80 percent of the PI’s full-time appointment — to research and career development activities directly related to the FAER-funded project. (These activities may not necessarily be included in the specific aims of the FAER research plan.)
• The percent effort on the FAER-funded research and the percent of time on career development activities should be described in the budget justification.
• The remaining 20 percent may be spent in clinical anesthesia practice. This clinical activity must not exceed a single 10-hour daytime commitment per week. No night, weekend or holiday on-call activity is allowed. No moonlighting allowed.
• The total funding amount for a Research Fellowship Grant is $75,000.
• Quarterly grant payments are made to the institution, not to the award recipient.
• If the FAER-funded research time is spread out over a period greater than 12 months, FAER will adjust the payment disbursement schedule accordingly.