Awards & Grants

NSGC Special Interest Group Grant Awards

ART/INFERTILITY 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  andria.besser@gmail.com

ART/Infertility SIG Award Guidelines: ART/Infertility SIG Grant Award Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria can be accessed here .

CANCER SIG GRANT AWARD

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, jillian.huang@utsouthwestern.edu

Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines - Detailed information about the CSGA application and funding process.

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS SIG GRANT AWARD

The CF and CFTR Spectrum SIG is offering a $300 award/scholarship for a CF-related project.  Membership in the CF SIG is not required to be eligible for the award.  Both students and established genetic counselors are welcome to apply!  Those interested in applying can send a brief summary of their project or proposal to the SIG co-chairs by Monday, November 19th, 2018

Please reach out to  Amy Powers, MS CGC (apowers3@fairview.org) or Kimberly Foil, MS CGC (foilk@musc.edu) with any questions.

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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. Final decision of awards is reserved for the EDSAC with distribution of monies dependent on the proposed budget, review scores, and applicability to the general advancement of education research.
  • The application deadline will be July 1, 2020 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Megan Tucker at Megan.Tucker@indstate.eduAll pertinent information regarding the Education SIG grant award and proposal submission can be found in the 2020 Education SIG Grant Award Guidelines.

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HEALTH IT SIG GRANT AWARD

As technology advances in the fields of genetics and healthcare, the Health Information Technology Special Interest Group (Health IT SIG) intends to stay abreast of how technology impacts our profession. The Health IT SIG is seeking to fund research or project developed by genetic counselors or genetic counseling students relevant to the use of health information technology in genetics, genomics, or genetic counseling.

The Health IT SIG announces research and project awards annually. To see which grants are currently available, visit the Health IT SIG Community Page > Library > Health IT SIG Award.

Applications and deadlines for available grants are listed on the community page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our current co-chairs listed at the NSGC Health IT SIG page.

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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 and laboratory-based 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 EST. 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, please email Lauren Ryan at laurennryan@gmail.com and Melanie Hardy melanie.hardy@emory.edu and enter “ISIG Proposal” in the subject line.

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INTERNATIONAL SIG GRANT AWARD

In an effort to promote research on international genetic counseling issues, the NSGC International SIG is providing up to two $400 scholarships 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 worldwide, and is not restricted to NSGC members, although collaboration with an NSGC member is highly encouraged. To apply for this scholarship, please submit your proposal (maximum of 500 words) describing the project and how the award will be used. The winner of the scholarship will need to provide the SIG with receipts of their expenses in 2020 and return unused funds, if any. The winner(s) must also share the findings/conclusions of their project with the NSGC membership through a publication, presentation, poster, article, or other. Genetic counseling students must be enrolled, and in good standing, at a genetic counseling training program in the fall of 2019. Applications are due on Sunday, December 1, at 12 midnight EDT. No applications submitted after this date will be accepted. Please submit your application to the co-chairs of the international SIG at yue.guan@emory.edu and arpita.neogi@yale.edu.

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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 funds, if any. The winner must also share the findings/conclusions of their project with the SIG through a publication, presentation, poster, article, or other. 

Primary Contact: Lauren McNair Baggett, Chair at lbaggett@ggc.org or 864-388-1716 OR Elizabeth Smith, co-chair at elizabeth.d.smith@emory.edu or 404-778-8552.

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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. Neurogenetics 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: This will be awarded to a member or student whose research project/presentation supports the aims of the Neurogenetics SIG’s 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 neurogenetic disease

Award Amount: Depending on budgetary restrictions, Grant Awards may be limited to one to two projects per year with the final decision of awards reserved for the Neurogenetics SIG Chairs. Final decision is dependent on proposed budget and applicability to the Neurogenetics SIG mission. No minimum or maximum award amount at this time, but the average award ranges from $400-1000.

Grant Application Instructions

Application Deadline: Applications are due July 15, 2019. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Kara Anstett MS, CGC at Kara.Anstett@nyulangone.org.

 The award recipient(s) will be notified via e-mail by September 16, 2019.

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PEDIATRIC AND CLINICAL SIG GRANT AWARD

2019 Annual Conference Travel Grant 

The Pediatric and Clinical SIG will provide up to (2) Conference Travel Grants for up to $800 for the 2018 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 September 30, 2019.  An announcement of awardees will be on October 15th by email.  Please see full description for application details.

CLICK HERE for eligibility, requirements and instructions on submitting an application.

2019 Pediatric and Clinical SIG Research Grant Award 

The Pediatric and Clinical Special Interest Group formalized this research grant award in 2015. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetics services in the pediatric or general 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 is up to $1000. All applications will be reviewed by the grant award committee and winners will be announced via email by October 15th of that calendar year. Each awardee has until the end of the following calendar year to use funds and complete the project. Applications will be accepted from September 30, 2019. An announcement of awardees will be on October 15th by email.  

CLICK HERE to see a full description for application details.

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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 14, 2020. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded will be made by September 4, 2020. Funds will be issued by end of September. The project(s) should be completed and funds spent by December 31, 2021.

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 students.

Primary Contact: Please direct any questions or comments to PM SIG Chairs, Tara Schmidlen at tjschmidlen@geisinger.edu  or Stacey Detweiler at sdetweiler@23andme.com  

PRENATAL SIG GRANT AWARD

We are happy to open the call for proposals for the Spring 2020 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 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m., EST. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded shall be made by November 19, 2020. 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 can be found in the 2020 Prenatal SIG Grant Award Guidelines. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Diana Bailey. The PSGA committee members are looking forward to serving the Prenatal SIG membership and funding projects to help further the field of genetic counseling!

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PSYCHIATRIC SIG GRANT AWARD

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 2019 deadline to apply for the award is Monday, July 15, 2019, at 11:59 pm PST. The amount of the award varies depending on available SIG funds but typically ranges from $250-$600.

The primary contact for the grant award is Caitlin Slomp, current Chair of the Psychiatric SIG Grant Award Committee (term from January 2019 – December 2019). Please direct any questions or comments to Caitlin by email (caitlin.slomp@ubc.ca).

Grant award applications should be submitted directly to Caitlin at the email address listed above. Click here for an example proposal

 Grant Proposal Guidelines: 

  1. The total amount of the award will vary from year to year, depending on the estimated surplus from that year’s budget. The amount will be determined by July 1st by the Psychiatric SIG co-chairs.
  2. Any student in an accredited genetic counseling program may submit a proposal.  Students do NOT need to be NSGC members; however at least one of their supervisors/co-investigators must be an NSGC member (but need not be members of the Psychiatric SIG). The proposals may come from an individual student or from multiple students working as a team. 
    1. Proposals must include a 1-2 page description and justification of the project and a one-page (maximum) budget (See “Helpful Hints for Applying” and “Grant Review Guidelines”, below). Your references are not included in the page limit.
    2. The deadline for proposal submissions will vary each year. Proposals must be submitted electronically to the PsySGA chair.
  3. The committee may choose to select one or multiple award recipients depending on the number of award funds available and the quality of applicants. Depending upon the number and quality of applicants, the committee reserves the right to offer only one award or no awards.
  4. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded will be made within 2 weeks of score sheet submission. The PsySGA chair will then notify the author(s) of the funded proposal(s) as well as the author(s) of the unfunded proposals.
  5. The awardee(s) must accept the award in writing via email within 7 business days of notification. Acceptance of the award must include an understanding that the project must be completed by the date indicated in the proposal and that the funds must be used as outlined in the budget. Funds must be spent by June 30 of the next calendar year.
  6. At the end of the awardee’s study, he/she will
    1. Submit receipts, bills, or invoices regarding the costs of the study with a financial summary of how the funds were spent to the PsySGA Chairperson by June 30th. 
    2. Return any funds that remain unused by June 30th to the Psychiatric SIG co-chairs.
    3. Submit a short progress report for the project by June 30th.
    4. Present the project outcome to the members of the Psychiatric SIG via online webinar, typically in the fall following the awardee’s graduation from their genetic counseling program.
  7. The awarded funds must be used toward the completion of the proposed project.  The Psychiatric SIG co-chairs and the current PsySGA Chairperson will review all finance submissions. Please note that the PsySGA cannot be used to cover expenses related to conference attendance.
  8. Any publications arising from the research should acknowledge the PsySGA award.

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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 use of SIG funds to support one or more student research projects. For this award cycle we have a minimum of $400 available.

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 RebeccaA_Vanderwall@dfci.harvard.edu or hamilton.afifa@gmail.com

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RESEARCH SIG GRANT AWARD

The Research SIG is proud to offer an annual award to support the research activities of genetic counselors and genetic counseling students. The amount varies from year to year but typically falls between $1000-1500. Depending on the applications received and the decision of the review committee, the award may be split among more than one proposal. The award is open to all members of the Research SIG, as well as students whose supervisor is a Research SIG member. There are no restrictions on the type of research or topic. The deadline for this year's application is August 31, 2020. Please contact Leslie Ordal, Research SIG Grant Award Committee chair, at lordal@gmail.com for all eligibility criteria and other requirements. 

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