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2022-23 NREF Directed Residency Scholarships

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As a premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) focuses on providing educational funding in basic neuroscience and neurosurgical programs in North America.

The NREF Directed Residency Scholarship is a scholarship program designed for neurosurgical residents interested in expanded subspecialty experience during their residency prior to their Chief Resident year. The program is designed for a rotation away from their home ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency training program (domestic or international).

Qualifying programs should consist of a three (3) to twelve (12) month away rotation, in the US or international, focused on a subspecialty experience with a Board-certified (or international equivalent) Neurosurgeon(s) or subspecialty surgeon(s) from another primary specialty. The supervising surgeon(s) will provide supervision to the resident and structured feedback to the residency’s home program. The program should involve hands-on clinical exposure to the subspecialty in the operating room and clinic environment.

Scholarships will be awarded based on available funding. Fully-funded, one-year scholarships are awarded at $30,000, but may be awarded in other and/or lesser amounts depending on available support, program length and the total salary and benefits cost.

General Information

  • Objective - The objective of the scholarship grant is to fund clinical scholarships in a subspecialty of neurosurgery
  • Period of Scholarship – Three (3) months to one (1) year, beginning July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023
  • Amount of Scholarship Grant - Fully-funded, one-year scholarships are awarded at $30,000, but may be awarded in other and/or lesser amounts depending on available support, program length and the total salary and benefits cost. The grant is intended to cover the salary and benefits for the grantee first and some, if not all, related non-salary direct costs. Scholarship funds may not be used for indirect scholarship costs.
  • Deadline - The deadline to submit an application is: 11:59pm, Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Background Information - For additional information, please contact NREF via email at info@nref.org.

Eligibility

  • Neurosurgical residents in an ACGME-accredited neurosurgery residency training program interested in expanded subspecialty exposure with a rotation away from their home program prior to their Chief Resident year.
  • Rotation must be spent in a neurosurgery residency program with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) certification or the international equivalent.
  • The applicant institution must provide proof of qualification as a non-profit, charitable entity (IRS determination letter).

Scholarship Funding - Overlap/Duplicate Funding

Funding for a scholarship awarded by the NREF through this grant program cannot be duplicated by any other outside funding source but can be used to supplement scholarship costs up to the full cost of the scholarship. If the institution receives funding from another source for a scholarship awarded by NREF through this program, the institution’s Program Director must notify the NREF immediately. Notification must be sent to NREF by email to info@nref.org.

Notification of Award

The Foundation expects to notify institutions via email by Tuesday, February 1, 2022. However, public announcement will be contingent upon receipt of written confirmation from the institution. The Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to extend the date for it to provide notification of awards.

 

Fiscal Policies and Reports

  • Scholarship grant payments will be made in three (3) increments:
    • 50% by the start of the scholarship (July 2022),
    • 40% in January 2023, and
    • 10% after final reports are received
  • An interim summary report is required to be submitted by the grantee describing his/her experience along with a current accounting of funds within 180 days of the start of the scholarship
  • A final summary report is required to be submitted by the grantee describing his/her experience along with a final accounting of funds. These reports are due within 40 days of the conclusion of the scholarship.
  • Ten percent (10%) of the grant funds will be withheld until the reports referenced above are received by the NREF. Upon receipt of both reports, the remaining withheld funds will be sent to the grantee institution.
  • At the conclusion of the scholarships, any unexpended balance of $100 or more must be refunded to the Foundation within forty-five (45) days together with the report of expenditures and accompanying documentation.
  • All final reports must be submitted electronically to NREF at info@nref.org.
  • Separate accounting of the scholarship grant funds should be maintained at the receiving institution. These accounts, with appropriate and related invoices and payroll information, must be available at all times to NREF representatives.
  • The grantee may terminate a scholarship grant prior to the planned expiration date by notifying the NREF in writing and stating the reasons for termination. Unexpended funds must be returned to the NREF within sixty (60) days, together with a final report of expenditures. The NREF reserves the right to terminate scholarship grants at any time if the grantee violates the terms and conditions of the grant.

Policy on Delinquent Financial/Research Reports

  • The Foundation reserves the right to deny additional scholarship grants to any institution where, after proper notification, a grantee has not submitted his/her final reports, and/or the financial officer has not submitted the final report of expenses, as required by NREF.
  • The NREF will not issue final payments to institutions until both reports are received.

Publication

  • The NREF encourages publication of research findings by grantees, but requires that the NREF is cited as a source of support on the first page of the text.
  • When a grantee presents a paper at a professional scientific meeting concerning research findings made during the course of an NREF funded scholarship, the NREF must be cited prior to the beginning of the presentation.
  • The NREF should be sent reprints of all papers and publications, including any electronic papers or publications, resulting from work done during the course of a scholarship, even those that appear after the scholarship has concluded.
  • The citation should appear in the Acknowledgements section as follows: This work is supported by the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (2022-23 Directed Residency Scholarship Grant).