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Shaukat Ali Jawaid


Another opportunity of
Funding for Research


Many Residents in training and junior faculty members often have lot of good ideas for research but they are handicapped and cannot undertake research due to lack of funding. However, now to undertake Research, funding is no more a problem, Thanks to a unique academic initiative by PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals who in collaboration with Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences has established PharmEvo Research Forum to promote research culture and art of medical writing and scientific publishing. www.prfpharmevo.biz

Its objectives include professional capacity building of healthcare professionals through hands on Workshops on different topics, training courses and help establish Research Cells at medical institutions. Yet another objective is providing funding for research to young researchers and junior faculty members in particular. To create awareness about this facility, PharmEvo Research Forum held meetings at Karachi and Lahore and to further disseminate knowledge, more meetings and particularly on How to Write Research Grants are being planned. A national panel of eminent medical personalities drawn from different disciplines has been constituted to serve as Advisors to PRF to realize its objectives.

Those interested to get funding are requested to login on PharmEvo Research Forum website www.prfpharmevo.biz or click on the link below

https://prf.pharmevo.biz/projects/clinical-research-grant/to directly explore the terms and conditions, eligibility, topics preferred for research and how to apply for these research grants. The research grants could be up to three hundred thousand rupees and the last date for submission of proposals is October 30th 2021. All the research proposals received will be reviewed by the Advisors and the names of successful candidates will be announced on 30th November 2021.

The projects submitted for grants should fulfil the following criteria:

Originality: Project demonstrates an innovative, challenging idea; critical, independent thinking; advanced scholarship; a new or experimental approach.

Potential for impact: Project makes a meaningful contribution to discourse and/or to the field; expands knowledge; is a catalyst for future inquiry; raises awareness of an understudied issue; promotes diversity in subject matter, participants, and audience.

Feasibility: Project has clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget.
Capacity: Applicant possesses strong qualifications and/or knowledge; demonstrates ability to carry out the project successfully; has access to necessary resources outside of the grant request.

Howsoever, please note:

  • An applicant cannot submit more than one project in a year.
  • Applicants who have received prior grant support must have satisfied all grant requirements before applying again.
  • Funds may be requested for research project support, including research assistance, computer time, printing and copying, secretarial support, etc. Travel will not be included and only funding that is directed at the research project will be considered.
  • Grants cannot be used for buying vehicles, huge hardware and other major acquisitions of a capital nature. Amount will be using in the conduction of study.
  • Projects that support the work of residents/post-graduate students are especially encouraged.
  • Funds may be requested for start-up, pilot projects, or to permit the completion of a project already substantially underway.
  • Utilization of the research project grant would be in line with budget proposal and no re-appropriation will be allowed.
  • Quarterly report should be submitted in soft form.
  • Final Study must be published in peer review scientific journal.
  • Award recipients are requested to acknowledge the Clinical Research Grant support in any presentations, research thesis and journal publications that emanate from the work supported.
  • Award recipients are requested to inform the Clinical Research Grant team of any publications related to the research support. The award recipient will asked to supply the Clinical Research Grant with a copy of any publication related to the grant support.
  • The Clinical Research Grant application is an open submission to all eligible candidates. Funding decisions based on the following requirements:
  • The project’s fulfilment of the criteria of evaluation.

Those applying for research grants should download the Research Grant Template from the website and link mentioned above.

Important section of the grant proposal should include the following:

1. Introduction
2. Rationale of the study
3. Study objective
4. Operational definitions
5. Methodology

This section should include Duration, Study design, Study setting, Sampling technique, Inclusion criteria, Exclusion criteria Data collection procedure, Statistical analysis, References and IRB Approval received or in process.

Other information which is required include the following:

  • Details of the interventions/procedures to be received by each participant as part of the research protocol
  • What are the potential benefits for the research participants?
  • What are the risk for the research participants and how you will minimize them?
  • Details of the contributions of your research will make to the field of knowledge and health outcomes.
  • Why should your proposal be chosen over others for funding?
  • Other funding available for the proposed studies (if any)

For any further details contact E mail: www.prfpharmevo.biz

Acknowledgment: Most of the information in this column has been reproduced from the PharmEvo Research Forum web site i.e. www.prfpharmevo.biz

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