Dr. George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowship

DR. GEORGE C. COTZIAS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

Academic Year 2015-2016

 

Dr. George C. Cotzias was a pathfinder in the pharmacologic exploration of brain functions and in the treatment of Parkinson's disease with levodopa.  His work stimulated much of the current interest and research on the problems of the neurological movement disorders.  It is to honor the memory of the late Dr. Cotzias and to stimulate young neurologists to follow his leadership that The American Parkinson Disease Association Inc. has established the George C. Cotzias Fellowship.

 

GOAL:

To assist promising young neurologist in establishing careers in research, teaching and patient service relevant to the problems, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease and related neurological movement disorders.

The applicant must be a physician and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S. who is completing, or has completed, training in a clinical discipline concerned with disorders of the nervous system (i.e. medical neurology, child neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology).  The applicant should be an instructor or assistant professor and demonstrate a clear commitment to the goals described above.  There should also be evidence that the sponsoring institution will provide the environment and support needed for career development.

The applicant  should be no more than 3 years beyond completion of their clinical training at the time of submission and must be sponsored by a non-profit institution in the U.S. or its territories. Applicants with questions about their eligibility should contact the APDA in advance of submitting an application.

 

AWARD:

Eighty thousand dollars will be awarded each year for salary and supporting research expenses for three consecutive years providing the required conditions are met to the satisfaction of the APDA Scientific Advisory Board, the APDA Executive Committee and availability of funds.  The salary will be established by the sponsoring institution in accordance with the institutional salary levels.  The APDA contribution to salary will not exceed $55,000 per year including fringe benefits, plus $ 25,000 for research expenses.

  • Indirect costs are not allowed.
  • Institutional overhead is not allowed.
  • Previous recipients will not be considered.

 

PROPOSAL:

Complete the application form.  The applicant's NIH-Biosketch should be included The text of the Research Proposal is not to exceed six (6) pages.  One (1) original application must be submitted no later than April 1, 2015 to the attention of Heather Gray, National office.

 

  • Provide budget for each year.
     
  • Travel expenses are not to exceed $2,000 each year.
     
  • Publication costs are not to exceed $1000 each year.
     
  • Equipment budget is not to exceed $10,000 each year.
     
  • The resources provided or to be provided by the sponsoring institution or any other source in support of the candidate's activities should be listed.
     
  • Other sources of funding should be identified, including sponsoring agency, amount and dates for awards.  Please indicate how other sponsored research complements or supplements the present proposal.
     
  • Two reference letters, one from the applicant's direct sponsor and one from a professional person with personal knowledge of applicant's academic past and ability, should be part of the application.
     
  • One (1) original of the complete application must be received by April 1, 2015 to be eligible for consideration.
     
  • All applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board and their recommendations submitted for consideration by the APDA Executive Board.  The applicants will be notified of the decisions in July 2015.

 

FUNDING:

The funds ($80,000 per year) will be awarded as follows:

  • $20,000 awarded on or about September, December, March and June of each fiscal year.
     
  • Funding is subordinate to receipt of acceptable 12-month scientific and financial reports.
     
  • A final scientific and financial report is also required at the end of the third year.