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Apply for the NCS Research Fellowship. And Let’s All Fund Our Next Fellow! J. Claude Hemphill III, MD,MAS,FNCS The Neurocritical Care Society is now accepting applications for the next NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant. A letter of intent is due by January 1, 2017 and approved applicants will be notified by February 1, 2017 regarding submission of a full application. Go to this link for more information and details http://www. neurocriticalcare.org/Science-Research/Grants- Funding/NCS-Research-Training-Grant. What is the NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant? Well here is a little history about the program and how all of us can contribute to its success. One of the five pillars of the NCS Mission is Research. As NCS has grown and advanced its research mission through science at the Annual Meeting and development of the Neurocritical Care Research Network (NCRN), it became clear that investment in developing young investigators needed to be a major priority. For the last several Annual Meetings, NCS has sponsored a half-day Research Methods Workshop and this has been highly attended. Three years ago, as NCS President, I encouraged us as a Society to “put our money where our mouth is” and make a financial commitment to funding an NCS Research Fellowship that would provide a mentored research experience for an NCS member junior investigator. This was not a hard sell; the NCS Board of Directors funded the proposal and the first call for applications went out. This current call represents the 3rd NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant. Our first two awardees, David Hwang of Yale and Edilberto Amorim of Massachusetts General Hospital, represent the excellence possessed by many NCS junior investigators. Even as we look forward to awarding our next grant at the Hawaii Annual Meeting in 2017, I believe it is time for all of us to think bigger and make it happen. More about what you can do in a moment. The NCS Research Training Fellowship Grant is a one-year award in the amount of $70,000 (up to $7,000 or 10% is also available for institutional indirect costs). Eligible candidates are NCS members within 5 years of completion of terminal degree or training. NCS is a multidisciplinary international society and physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and PhD researchers worldwide are eligible. Analogous to other research training fellowship grants from organizations such as NIH, AHA, and AAN, this award is intended to fund a specific research project and must involve a mentor who will aid the awardee regarding research methods and career development. At only one year, this is a short-term award that is intended to provide a stimulus for the awardee to gather experience and data to apply for future more substantial funding such as an NIH K08 or K23. We encourage all interested to apply. You may be wondering, “I am more than 5 years out or am not applying for this Research Fellowship Grant, so what does this have to do with me?” That’s where the Fund-A-Fellow Campaign comes in. Have you ever won a t-shirt from me at the NCS Annual Meeting Banquet Auction? Sponsored a hole at the 2015 NCS Golf Tournament in Scottsdale? What about the NCS Officer/ BOD Dunk Tank at this year’s meeting? Have you participated in the NCS Fun Run? Or donated to NCS when renewing your dues? If so, then you are already part of Fund-A-Fellow. NCS is a participatory Society and the success of our mission depends on all of us, and you have delivered. I am proud to announce that as of the end of this year’s Annual Meeting we have all raised $84,717 from member donations to the research program. That means that we have funded our first fellow. Therefore, I am officially declaring the first Fund-A-Fellow campaign close! And I am announcing that the new Fund-A-Fellow campaign is officially open. We will seed this with the $7717 remaining from the first fund, but the rest is now up to you and me. You don’t have to wait for the Annual Meeting or until you renew your dues; you can go to the NCS website and donate now or anytime at http://www. neurocriticalcare.org/Support-NCS/Donate. So what’s next? Well, I consider this a great start to a program that now needs to expand. At the Board of Directors meeting during this year’s Annual Meeting, I challenged the Board to leverage the commitment that our members have shown by expanding the NCS Research Training Fellowship program. I believe that we can expand the number and duration of the grants. However, there are many competing priorities for NCS funds. I am confident that if the membership demonstrates the same (or better) support of the next Fund-A-Fellow campaign, then we will realize this goal. Here is my charge: participate in the NCS research program. Apply for the research grant, attend an NCRN meeting, and let’s all Fund- A-Fellow. Hopefully you aren’t tired of me asking, because I don’t plan to stop. Our junior investigators are counting on us. J. Claude Hemphill III, MD,MAS,FNCS Past- President, Neurocritical Care Society NCS Honorary Member Werner Hacke tees off at University of Tennessee sponsored hole at 2015 NCS Annual Meeting Golf Tournament T-shirt auction “winners” at NCS 2013 Annual Meeting Banquet 9


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