Jacobs Institute--Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar in Women's Health Care

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 The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health has established a research grant to support efforts to find new ways to improve health care services for women. The grant is an annual award of $30,000 given to the selected applicant to conduct a research study resulting in a publication-quality manuscript on a topic related to women's health.

Areas of Interest
Evaluation Criteria
Past scholars
Jacobs Mission Statement
Frequently Asked Questions

Areas of Interest

The research may focus on a number of areas, including:

  • the changing health care environment;
  • the unmet need for primary and preventive health services;
  • the historic lack of research on women's health care issues; or
  • any of the social, cultural, legal, economic, or behavioral factors that currently influence women's health care opportunities.

The award is directed toward the objectives of the Institute. It is not intended to support basic laboratory research, nor to evaluate local projects which cannot be generalized.  up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • the importance and relevance of the research topic
  • scientific merit
  • the experience and background of the investigator
  • the quality of personal references
  • the likelihood of timely completion of the project, and
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Who is Eligible and Application Procedures

Citizens or permanent residents of the US, Canada, and Mexico who have a health care related degree and who are actively involved in women's health care or research are eligible.

Applications must be prepared in a scientific format (aims, background, related research, methodology, analysis of results, and possible limitations), and should not exceed six pages. In addition, please include:

  • a cover sheet with abstract and full applicant identification
  • a timetable for completion of the project
  • a budget with budget justification and a list of other support for the project, either current or pending
  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • two letters of reference, one from a current academic colleague or mentor.

The project must be completed in twelve months.  Although we appreciate that a one year grant may provide the base for future work, priority will go to a project for which this award is the primary source of funding.  No indirect costs are provided. The initial $25,000 is provided on the effective date of the grant. The final $5,000 is payable on the receipt of the final report and manuscript(s) by the Jacobs Institute for possible publication in Women's Health Issues, the Jacobs Institute's peer-reviewed bimonthly journal.

The application and all supporting documents should be submitted in triplicate. The application must be postmarked by October 15, 2001. The selected scholar will be notified by January 15, 2002. Awards will run from July 1 to June 30. For answers to frequently asked questions, please go to the FAQs page, or send an e-mail message to the Jacobs Institute, or write us at the address below:

Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

409 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2188
(202) 863-4990
Fax (202) 488-4229

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Past Scholars

Previous recipients include:

  • Janice I. French, CNM, MS, for Excess Risk for Preterm Birth Among African American Women Associated with Reproductive Tract Infections (1995);
  • Barbara A. Bartman, MD, MPH, for Racial Differences in Estrogen Use Among Middle-Aged and Older Women (1996);
  • Jennifer B. Unger, PhD, for Low Rates of Contraceptive Use Among Latina Women: Social, Cultural, and Demographic Correlates (1997);
  • Elizabeth Goodman, MD, for Socioeconomic Status and Depression Among Adolescent Women (1999);
  • Kelli Koltyn, PhD, for Association Between Physical Activity, Physical Functioning and Quality of Life in Older Women Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities(2000);
  • Dawn Upchurch, PhD for Risk of Involuntary Sex Among a National Sample of Adolescent Girls (2001).   up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

Mission Statement of the Jacobs Institute

The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health is an organization committed to excellence in women's health care. It will:

  • Identify and study women's health care issues involving the interaction of medical and social systems;
  • Facilitate informed dialogue and foster awareness among consumers and providers alike; and
  • Promote problem resolution, interdisciplinary coordination and information dissemination at the regional, national and international levels.  up_arrow.gif (847 bytes)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the application need an abstract? Yes, the abstract should be on the cover page with full applicant identification including name with major academic degrees, institution, city, and state. A specific address and office telephone number should be provided for the person responsible for correspondence concerning the application.

What should I include in the application? What about appendices? The application should include aims, background, related research, methodology, analysis of results, and possible limitations. It should not exceed six pages. Supporting materials should include a cover sheet with abstract and applicant identification, a timetable, budget with justification, curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference. Additional appendices should be kept to a minimum and are discouraged.

To whom should I address the grant application? Martha Romans, Executive Director, Jacobs Institute of Womens Health.

How many copies of the project application should I send? Please send three complete copies (original and two copies) of the application and supporting materials.

Can my references arrive separately? Yes, please have them sent in triplicate postmarked by the October 15 due date.

Are overhead or indirect cost allowed? No.

Can the grant be used to cover travel, materials development, salaries for staff, supplies, fringe benefits, etc.? Yes, the applicant may submit whatever budget they deem appropriate to accomplish the research goals.

Can my project have other sources of funding? Yes, but priority will be given to projects which have the Jacobs Institute Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar Award as the primary source of funding.

How is the grant money paid out? $25,000 is provided on the effective date of the grant. The final $5,000 is payable on completion of the project and receipt of the final manuscript. Payment of funds must be made to the sponsoring institution or organization and will NOT be made to an individual.

How many applications did you receive for the grant last year? Eighty-one (81).

What kinds of applications typically are not successful? Basic laboratory research and evaluations of local, non-generalizable projects are fatal flaws considering the intent of this award. Also, small qualitative studies should not be the primary focus of the application, but may be included as part of a larger study.

I have an idea for a project; may I call the Jacobs Institute and ask if it is appropriate? No. Applications are reviewed by an external review panel. This sheet and the brochure should offer any guidelines you may need. If you still have remaining questions, you may call the Institute, but unfortunately we cannot judge the acceptability of your project.

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