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Fellowships to USA MDs and DOs to Obtain Research Training and Experience in the Field of Reconstructive Surgery

Scott Spear Innovation in Breast Reconstruction Research Fellowship

GrantWatch ID# 193265
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF)

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/29/22
Deadline: 12/01/22 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA MDs, DOs, or individuals with a doctoral-level degree and post-doctoral training to obtain research training and experience in the field of reconstructive surgery. First-time applicants are required to complete a writing module prior to applying. Funding is intended to support career development for residents and fellows who have completed their training. Proposals must include a research project focused on breast cancer or breast reconstruction.

This new grant was developed and is being offered this year in memory of ASPS Past President and Georgetown University Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery Department Founding Chair, Scott Spear, MD and the Spear family's desire to nurture and grow the training and expertise of young academicians considering a career in breast reconstruction and patient care. This grant opportunity is available to residents and fellows and provides salary support to undertake a research project under the guidance of an experienced mentor. The application must describe a structured research training plan, and a research project focused on breast cancer or breast reconstruction.

This grant is to promote and support the career development of junior physician-scientists focused on breast reconstruction and patient care. The salary must be for a resident or fellow; or plastic surgeon within the first three years of practice to obtain training and experience in research, under the guidance of an experienced mentor. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants must:
- Be a MD or DO, or have doctoral-level degree and post-doctoral training appropriate for a clinical fellowship
- Hold a full-time position at the Institution where the research will be conducted
- Be a US citizen or foreign national with permanent resident status (proof required)
- Be a resident* or fellow**, or plastic surgeon who has completed their training*** and wishes to engage in research
- Obtain sponsorship from an Active ASPS member at your institution
- Not be assigned to clinical rotations that satisfy residency requirements

* This includes residents in any program who are planning to pursue plastic surgery training. Residents
applying for this grant must be currently enrolled in a ACGME approved residency that is recognized by the
ABPS and the RRC as qualifying for the independent pathway to plastic surgery training.
**This includes research and clinical fellows with a designated research experience during their training
(minimum of 6 months during one-year fellowship)
***Eligible plastic surgeons include junior faculty within the first three years of practice who are pursuing a
career with a primary focus on breast reconstruction. At least 25% of time must be dedicated to research in
order that they receive formal research training and are able to complete their project.

This Fellowship Award may not be held concurrently with another fellowship or similar award that provides a stipend or otherwise duplicate provisions of this Fellowship.

This grant is not transferable to another individual within the Institution and NOT transferable to another institution OR to operating funds.

The PSF does not currently have a mechanism for students.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Meet with leaders in plastic surgery research to gain insights on writing strong research grants and get feedback on your draft research grant proposals and ideas.

The PSF Grant Application Mentoring Session will take place at Plastic Surgery The Meeting in Boston on Saturday, October 29, from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET.


Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is December 1, 2022. Grants must be submitted in proposalCENTRAL by 11:59 P.M. (EASTERN) on or before the deadline.

Award Announcements: June 2023

All applicants who have not been previously funded by The PSF must complete The PSF’s Grant Writing Module. See

Applicants may submit more than one grant application only if they are scientifically different, but only one research project may be funded.

For additional resources, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Amount: Up to $72,500 ($50,000 for salary support and $22,500 for research)

Term of Contract
- Project Duration: 12 months.
- Earliest Start Date: July 1, 2023
- Written requests for extensions must be received ninety (90) days before the expiration of the original grant period and are subject to approval by the Chair of The PSF Research Grants Committee. An approval of an extension does not include the award of additional funds.

- The Principal Investigator may apply for additional funding. Those who want to expand upon their project at the end of the original time period will need to re-apply for additional funding.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

The Plastic Surgery Foundation
444 East Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4664
(847) 228-9900
(800) 766-4955

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