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Scholars Program: FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the duration of this program?
The duration of the Healthcare Quality Scholars is 10 months. Manuscript(s) must be completed and submitted for publication between January 15 and November 14.

What does the funding amount covers?

The $22,530.00 will support expenses incurred for the completion of the research analysis, published manuscript(s) and travel expenses to attend the Network annual meeting.

What is the timeline for manuscript(s) publication?
We do not provide a general timeline as each project proposal has different needs throughout the research process. However, we do require scholars to have their manuscripts published or at least submitted for publication by the end of the funding period (November 14, 2010).

How many projects will be funded?
Funding is provided to five individuals each year.

How will the funding amount be distributed?
The $22,530.00 is intended to be distributed to the individual as an independent contractor. It will be up to the scholars to decide whether or not to use their universities resources to complete their project. If university’s resources are used, indirect cost, or overhead, might be charged by their home university.  In this instance, please check your university policies before applying. The indirect cost will be subtracted from total funding amount of $22,530.00.

Am I eligible to apply if I have received or currently receiving funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation?
Unfortunately, the program funds scholars who have not received RWJF funding.

Is the program open only to Junior Faculty?
You do not have to be in a faculty position to apply. However, priority will be given to junior faculty.

What are the research areas that the program supports?
Areas of Access and Quality of care such as utilization of care, quality of care, health care cost, insurance coverage, chronic conditions.

Are mental health conditions such as depression funded?
Yes, as long as the secondary-analyses meet the population criteria and the areas of interest.

Does the program support qualitative or mixed methodology?

No, the program only supports quantitative methods.

What dataset should I use?
The dataset used for the secondary analysis should be survey data of regional or national scope. This year’s emphasis will be given to datasets covering topics on health care cost, insurance coverage, access, utilization and quality of care. Examples of such databases are: MEPS, CAPS, etc.

Could I use hospital datasets for the analysis?

It depends on its quality. Datasets unknown to reviewers would have to be described in detail explaining its quality and the value for the proposed project.

How are mentors assigned?
Two mentors (primary and secondary) mentors will be assigned from the Network of Senior Investigators. The assignments will be based on mentor and mentee’s mutual research and academic interests.

Is a letter of support from a current mentor needed as part of the application process?

How should I submit the proposal?
The proposal should be submitted only as a PDF files via e-mail to the Project Coordinator Lorena Porras-Javier

What’s the deadline for the first-round of submissions (one-page proposal)?
September 28th, 2009 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

What’s the deadline for the second-round of submissions (three-page proposal)?

November 9th, 2009 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Is there a grace period to submit proposals after the deadline?
No, we will not accept proposals after the deadline.

Would I receive an acknowledgment that my documents have been received?

Yes, an e-mail will be sent to you. If you do not receive an e-mail, assume that your proposal and accompanied documents were not received. 


Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey