NSGC Special Interest Group Grant Awards
- ART/Infertility SIG Grant Award
- Cancer SIG Grant Award
- Cystic Fibrosis SIG Grant Award
- Education SIG Grant Award
- Health IT SIG Grant Award
- Industry SIG Grant Award
- International SIG Grant Award
- Metabolism/LSD SIG Grant Award
- Neurogenetics SIG Grant Award
- Pediatric and Clinical SIG Grant Award
- Precision Medicine SIG Grant Award
- Prenatal SIG Grant Award
- Psychiatric SIG Grant Award
- Public Health SIG Grant Award
- Research SIG Grant Award
The Assisted Reproductive Technology and Infertility Special Interest Group (ART SIG) formalized this grant award program in 2013. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetic services in this field. This grant award is only available to current ART SIG members. The amount of the award will vary from year to year, depending on the current budget and other ART SIG projects which require funding. Applications can be submitted each year between November 1 - January 31.
Primary contact: Andria Besser, BEd, MS, CGC firstname.lastname@example.org
ART/Infertility SIG Award Guidelines: ART/Infertility SIG Grant Award Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria can be accessed
The CA-SIG Grant Award (CSGA) was created in 2002 to provide money for smaller projects that focus on the provision and study of cancer genetic services. The amount of money available for projects is different from year to year as it is based on the anticipated budget surplus. Proposals are due on February 15th of each year.
Any questions or concerns about the Cancer SIG Grant Award should be directed to the current CSGA Jillian Huang, email@example.com.
Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines - Detailed information about the CSGA application and funding process.
CYSTIC FIBROSIS SIG GRANT AWARD
CF SIG Scholarship Award – Proposals due October 27, 2017
The CF and CFTR Spectrum SIG will award a $300 scholarship to a genetic counselor or genetic counseling student conducting a clinical or research project related to cystic fibrosis.
To be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must be a full or student member of NSGC (or planning to join in 2018).
If you're interested in applying please send a brief summary of the project or proposal to CF SIG co-chairs Matt Pastore (Matthew.Pastore@NationwideChildrens.org) or Amy Powers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application Deadline: October 27, 2017.
A winner will be chosen by November 17th, 2017 and notified by email.
EDUCATION SIG GRANT AWARD
The purpose of the NSGC Education Special Interest Group is to promote communication among genetic counselors whose work or interests include the education of patients, healthcare providers, the public, the next generation of genetic counselors, and students of all ages. The Education SIG promotes discussion and sharing of educational topics, ideas, strategies, and resources. In addition, the Education SIG helps to promote and support the role of genetic counselors in education. Enabling genetic counselors to become better educators will strengthen awareness and recognition of the genetic counseling profession.
- Current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Education SIG (ED SIG) membership is not required. Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor.
- Grant award(s) will be given to (a) member(s) whose research meets the aims of the Education SIGs mission statement selected by the Education Special Interest Group Award Committee (EDSAC).
- Multiple awards may be selected, depending on the quality of applications.
Finaldecision of awards is reserved for the EDSAC with distributionof monies dependent on proposed budget, review scores, and applicability to the general advancement of education research.
The application deadline is June 1st, 2017 11:59 pm Pacific
HEALTH IT SIG GRANT AWARD
The purpose of the Health IT SIG is to support genetic counselors and affiliated healthcare professionals in the meaningful use of health information technology within their clinical genetics practice. Examples of health IT include: electronic health records (EHR) systems, risk assessment tools, “red flag” questionnaires, and tools for family health history collection.
The Health IT SIG is excited to announce TWO awards this year:
- A scholarship to cover membership in NSGC for 2018 including membership to the HIT SIG
- A grant for genetic counselors working on a HIT initiative to be used towards their research or project
Applications for the Grant award will be due December
INDUSTRY SIG GRANT AWARD
Overview: The goals of the NSGC Industry SIG Grant Award are to promote projects which contribute to the success of genetic counselors in industry roles and to support development in this field of genetic counseling. The purpose of the awards is to provide limited funds to smaller projects that contribute to these goals.
Eligibility: Current full or student NSGC member in good standing may submit an application.
Deadlines: The application deadline is November 1 at 5 PM MT. All funds must be used within one year of award or, for students, by the date of graduation. The project must have a timeline with an expected completion date. Applications may be submitted electronically at any time prior to the deadline.
Award Amount and Description: The requested amount can be up to $500.00. The awards approved depend upon available funds and the number of successful applications. The final decision is made by the co-chairs. Download the ISIG Grant Award Proposal form
Primary Contact: For more information about this award opportunity and to obtain an application, contact Kate.L.Wilson@questdiagnostics.com and enter “ISIG Proposal” in the subject line.
INTERNATIONAL SIG GRANT AWARD
In an effort to promote research on international genetic counseling issues, the NSGC International SIG is providing one $500 scholarship to a genetic counseling professional or student who is interested in focusing their research project on a topic related to international genetic counseling issues. This scholarship is open to interested applicants
Applications are due on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 12 midnight EDT. No applications submitted after this date will be accepted. Please submit your application to the chairs of the international SIG at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
METABOLISM/LYSOSOMAL STORAGE DISEASES SIG GRANT AWARD
The Metabolism/LSD SIG was formed in January of 2003 to promote the role of genetic counselors in the field of metabolism and lysosomal storage diseases. One of the main goals of our SIG is to educate the NSGC membership regarding the management, treatment, and counseling issues surrounding metabolic/lysosomal storage diseases through presentations and interactive workshops at the local, regional and national level.
The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetic services in this field.
Eligibility Criteria: This grant award is only available to current Metabolism/LSD SIG members or students working with a SIG member. Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor. Applications must be received by September 8, 2017.
Grant/Award: The amount of the award will be up to $500, but may be split between applicants. To apply for this grant, please submit your proposal (maximum of 500 words) describing the project and how the award will be used. The winner of the award will need to provide the SIG with receipts of their expenses in 2017 and return unused
NEUROGENETICS SIG GRANT AWARD
The purpose of the NSGC Neurogenetics SIG Grant Award is to promote the mission of this SIG by helping to fund projects that focus on genetic conditions that affect the nervous system and/or the importance of genetic counselors specializing in these conditions.
Eligibility: Current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Neurology SIG membership is not required. Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor.
- This will be awarded to a member or student whose research project/presentation supports the aims of the Neurology SIGs mission statement. Projects or presentations that may be considered include:
- NSGC Annual Conference presentations to promote the understanding of neurogenetic conditions amongst colleagues and help to encourage new graduates to enter into this specialty
- Research projects such as those performed by graduate students or genetic counselors which help to understand the role that genetic counselors play in this patient population and highlight the need for genetic counselors in neurology
- Advocacy programs/projects which help to spread public awareness about neurogenetic conditions and/or genetic counselors who specialize in working with patients who are affected by
Award Amount: Depending on budgetary restrictions, Grant Awards may be limited to one per year with the final decision of awards reserved for the Neurogenetics SIG Chair.
Application Deadline: Applications are due by July 15, 2017. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Tanya Bardakjian MS, CGC at email@example.com.
The recipient will be notified via e-mail by September 15, 2018.
PEDIATRIC AND CLINICAL SIG GRANT AWARD
2017 Annual Conference Travel Grant
The Pediatric and Clinical SIG will provide up to (4) Conference Travel Grants for up to $800 for the 2017 NSGC Annual Conference. The purpose of the Conference Travel Grant is to facilitate dissemination of genetic counseling research and education to SIG members by defraying conference travel costs. Applicants must be members of the Pediatric and Clinical SIG (full, new or student) in good standing. Funds may be used for conference-related expenses, including travel (mileage, parking, airfare, shuttle, etc.), conference registration, lodging, or other meeting-related expenses. Funds may not be used for entertainment, food or drink. Applications will be accepted from July 14-July 31, 2017. An announcement of awardees will be on Fri, Aug 11 by email. Please see full description for application details.
CLICK HERE for eligibility, requirements
2017 Pediatric and Clinical SIG Research Grant Award
The Pediatric and Clinical Special Interest Group offers a research grant award to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetics services in the pediatric or clinical genetics fields, advocacy programs/projects which help to spread public awareness about specific genetic conditions and/or genetic counselors who specialize in working with patients who are affected by these conditions. The grant award is available to genetic counseling students currently enrolled in an accredited training program or current Pediatric and Clinical SIG members. The amount of the award will vary from year to year, depending on the current budget and other Pediatric and Clinical Special Interest Group activities which require funding. Applications will be accepted from Aug.15 - Sept.30, 2017
CLICK HERE to see a full description for application details.
PRECISION MEDICINE SIG GRANT AWARD
Research Grant Award
The Precision Medicine Special Interest Group (PM SIG) will again be issuing a Research Grant Award, with the goals of supporting research projects related to personalized/precision medicine and promoting genetic counselors' involvement in this area.
Deadlines: August 16, 2017. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded will be made by September 6, 2017.
Funds will be issued by end of September.
Award Amount: The award amount will range from $200-$600 depending on the number of grants awarded. All who
submitted a proposal will be notified of the decision via email.
Eligibility: Current NSGC Precision Medicine SIG members or genetic counseling students enrolled in an accredited
training program may submit an application. Precision Medicine SIG membership is not required for genetic counseling
CLICK HERE to see a full description for application details.
PRENATAL SIG GRANT AWARD/STUDENT MEMBERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
We are happy to open the call for proposals for the Spring 2018 Prenatal SIG Grant Award (PSGA). The purpose of this award is to provide limited funds to smaller projects that focus on the provision and study of prenatal genetic services. These awards may be granted to Prenatal SIG members and student members of NSGC. The amount and number of awards will vary from year to year, depending on the SIG budget. This Spring, we can happily offer up to $600 depending on the number of applicants awarded.
Proposals may be submitted from today’s date until Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m., CST. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded shall be made by May 18, 2018. The PSGA will notify the authors of the funded proposal(s) as well as the authors of the unfunded proposals. The awardee(s) must accept the award in writing via email within 4 business days of notification.
All pertinent information regarding the PSGA and proposal submission should be outlined in the attached document (2018 Prenatal SIG Grant Award Guidelines). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (information provided below). The PSGA committee members are looking forward to serving the Prenatal SIG membership and funding projects to help further the field of genetic counseling!
Karen Corneliussen, MS, CGC
Prenatal SIG Grant Award – Chair
Current grant award guidelines and more information can be found here.
PSYCHIATRIC SIG GRANT AWARD
The Psychiatric Special Interest Group of NSGC is pleased to open the call for proposals for the 2018 Psychiatric SIG Grant Award (PsySGA). The Psychiatric SIG created a grant award in 2008 to support genetic counseling student research projects relevant to psychiatric genetic counseling. This award is available to current genetic counseling students in an accredited training program. The 2018 deadline to apply for the award is
The primary contact for the grant award is Caitlin Slomp, current Chair of the Psychiatric SIG Grant Award Committee (
Grant award applications should be submitted directly to Caitlin at the email address listed above. More information along with helpful application hints and grant review guidelines can be accessed here.
We look forward to hearing from you and good luck!
Note: Please see “Helpful Hints for Applying” on page 3, “Grant Review Guidelines” and an Example Budget on page 4 of this document.
PUBLIC HEALTH SIG GRANT AWARD
The PH SIG Grant Award was developed in 2008 to promote the incorporation of genetics and genetic counseling into public health theory and practice by genetic counseling trainees of accredited training programs. This award allows
Eligibility Criteria: Genetic Counseling trainees of an accredited training program who are current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Public Health SIG membership is not required. Trainees must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Grant award(s) will be given to (a) student(s) whose thesis research meets the aims of the Public Health SIGs mission statement selected by the PHSAC.
Primary Contact: Detailed application instructions and details can be obtained by contacting: Marisa Raymond, MS, MPH, CGC firstname.lastname@example.org (electronic correspondence only)
Deadline: Proposals must be submitted electronically to Marisa Raymond at
RESEARCH SIG GRANT AWARD
The Research Special Interest Group (SIG) Grant Award (RSGA) was created in 2012 to provide monetary support to genetic counselors involved in research who are members of the Research Special Interest Group.
Eligibility Criteria: These awards are available to Research SIG members and current genetic counseling students in an accredited training program.
Primary Contact: Jamie L'Heureux, Chair of the Research SIG Grant Award Committee. Please direct any questions or comments by e-mail: email@example.com or by phone at 515-570-9399.
Additionally, any grant award applications should be submitted directly to Jamie L'Heureux at the above email address.