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

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 (apowers3@fairview.org).

Application Deadline: October 27, 2017. 

A winner will be chosen by November 17th, 2017 and notified by email.

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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 proposed budget, review scores, and applicability to the general advancement of education research.

The application deadline is June 1st, 2018 11:59 pm Pacific Time .  View the Budget Template and Award Guidelines. Please submit applications to Khalida Liaquat at khalida.x.liaquat@athenadiagnostics.com .

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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:

  1. A scholarship to cover membership in NSGC for 2018 including membership to the HIT SIG
  2. 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 8th 2017. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of incoming our outgoing SIG Chairs. The lead contact for these awards is Caiqian. Email: ccropper@counsyl.com

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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 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 ISIG Chair, Jackie Riley at rileyj2@ccf.org or Lauren Ryan at laurennryan@gmail.com  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 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 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 2017 and return unused funds, if any. The winner 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 2016. 

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   jennifer.fitzpatrick@mcgill.ca  or  yguan@medicine.umaryland.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. 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. 

Grant Award: 

  • 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 neurogenetic disease

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. 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 by July 15, 2018. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Tanya Bardakjian MS, CGC at tanya.bardakjian@uphs.upenn.edu.  

    The recipient will be notified via e-mail by September 15, 2018.

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    PEDIATRIC AND CLINICAL SIG GRANT AWARD

    2018 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 July 11-July 27, 2018.  An announcement of awardees will be on Fri, Aug 10 by email.  Please see full description for application details.

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


    2018 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 $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.

    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 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
    students.

    Primary Contact: Please direct any questions or comments to PM SIG Chairs, Shana White at
    shanawhite@stanfordhealthcare.org, or Anna Victorine at anna.victorine@provenancehealthcare.com.

    CLICK HERE to see a full description for application details.

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    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!

    Thank you,

    Karen

    Karen Corneliussen, MS, CGC
    Prenatal SIG Grant Award – Chair
    kcorneli@wakehealth.edu

    Current grant award guidelines and more information can be found here.

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    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 Friday June 29, 2018 at 11:59pm 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 2018 – December 2018). 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. 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.

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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: Marisa Raymond, MS, MPH, CGC  marisa.raymond@gmail.com (electronic correspondence only)

    Deadline: Proposals must be submitted electronically to Marisa Raymond at marisa.raymond@gmail.com .

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    RESEARCH SIG 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 17, 2018. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded will be made by September 7, 2018.Funds will be issued by end of September. The project(s) should be completed and funds spent by December 31, 2019.

    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, Anna Victorine at AnnaVtheGC@gmail.com, or Marci Schwartz at mlbschwartz@gmail.com

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