The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is now accepting applications for a new program, called PFF Scholars, that aims to support and further develop promising researchers working in the field of pulmonary fibrosis (PF).
The PFF Scholars program was designed to provide emerging researchers with financial resources to conduct or advance innovative research. The program will offer those selected up to $50,000 over a two-year period.
“With the launch of the PFF Scholars program, we are unleashing powerful new talent to study this complex and devastating disease,” William T. Schmidt, president and chief executive officer of PFF, said in a press release.
“We are eager for the first group of scholars to begin their work to improve the care and quality of life for people living with pulmonary fibrosis,” Schmidt added.
Those invited to the PFF Scholars program will also be offered mentorship by a PFF Scholar Advisor, who helps researchers manage career development opportunities.
Scholars also have the possibility of participating in PFF activities throughout the year, including the PFF Volunteer Meetings and the biennial PFF Summit conference.
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Applications for the program opened on Oct. 15.
Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to becoming an independent researcher in the field of interstitial lung diseases. They also must be qualified as a medical doctor (MD), doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), registered nurse (RN), doctor of philosophy (PhD), or be a holder of another professional degree.
The application requires candidates to submit detailed research and career development plans, as well as a description of how the project will integrate new concepts to address questions about PF.
Applications are submitted through the proposalCENTRAL website. All proposals will be evaluated by the PFF scientific advisory committee.
The PFF Scholar program is part of the group’s commitment to helping the PF community, efforts that include the PFF Care Center Network, PFF Patient Registry, PFF Patient Communication Center, to name some.
PFF recently opened an educational website to increase awareness about the disease, with a goal of promoting earlier diagnosis among PF patients. The website includes a video explaining the disease and outlining possible causes, stories from people with the disease, and other relevant content.