The SC MIRECC pilot study program stimulates research that can be used to develop clinical policy or programs that improve access, quality and outcomes of mental health and substance abuse treatment services for rural and underserved Veterans. The program is available to researchers in VISN 16 and San Antonio and Dallas, Texas; it is intended to increase both the quantity and quality of federally funded research that will help better understand the experiences of rural/underserved Veterans and to support the development and dissemination of evidence-based practices that can make a real difference in their lives. Key details of the program:
-The maximum duration of projects is 1 year, although it is possible to request a waiver to submit a proposal for a longer period.
-The maximum budget request is $55,000; again, it is possible to request a waiver to submit a proposal with a larger budget.
-The maximum length of the proposal narrative is 5 pages to give applicants more room to provide methodologic detail.
-Fellows who are applying must include a plan describing how the project will be completed if the fellowship ends before project-completion and must identify a doctoral-level faculty co-investigator who will assume responsibility for completing the project, if necessary. An additional 1/2 page may be added to the usual maximum of 5 pages to allow Fellows to describe the plan.
-Medical students, interns and residents are not eligible to apply for pilot awards unless they request and receive a waiver prior to submission.
Applications are accepted four times per year, January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1, or the following Monday after a weekend. For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 257-1711
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