Guidelines - Abby and Howard Milstein Innovation Award in Reproductive Medicine

The Jones Foundation (JF) invites submission of applications for its Abby and Howard Milstein Innovation Award in Reproductive Medicine in an amount not to exceed $200,000 a year to support an innovative research project dedicated to attempting to identify the human fertilized egg that has pregnancy potential.  The research funds must be used for a translational research project, new or ongoing, with demonstrated potential for immediate impact on improving the in vitro fertilization technique.

AWARD: An award not to exceed $200,000 will be made annually. A second and third year of funding may be requested upon receipt and review of a report and reapplication.


Applicants must be working actively in areas related to reproductive medicine at an accredited medical school in the United States, and must also qualify as an independent investigator who has completed his/her training and has a full-time faculty/research appointment as of July 1, 2014. Funds may be used for support of a new or ongoing research/clinical investigation project. Research subcontracted to another entity will not be eligible for funding. No age requirement. The Candidate must spend at least 80% of his/her time in research.

APPLICATION: An application must include:

1)       Title page including applicant’s name, title of proposal and name of sponsoring institution.
2)       A letter from the applicant stating:
a)        Clinical and translational impact of the project.
b)       Explanation of how this project will yield measurable results over a 3-year period of time.
c)        Career goals and plans for achieving these goals.
d)       Acknowledgement of the requirement to submit a report (written for a layperson) and an expenditure report at six months and at the end of the award period.
e)        Acknowledgement of the requirement to list the Jones Foundation support in all presentations and publications.
f)        Acknowledgement to keep the Jones Foundation informed of current and future dates of presentations and/or publications.
3)       A curriculum vitae (up to 6 pages) including date of birth, education, training, academic appointments, key publications and other research support.
4)       A bibliography listing of peer-reviewed publications.
5)       A letter (no more than two pages) written by the Chair of the Department on behalf of the candidate, covering the above requirements, endorsing the applicant and the proposal, and confirming the institution’s commitment to provide time and support to the applicant.  The Chairman must guarantee access to facilities and support allowing the applicant to continue research without interruption. This includes provision of consumable supplies and access to necessary equipment.

Note: A Chairman may endorse only ONE Jones Foundation Abby and Howard Milstein Innovation Award in Reproductive Medicine Research Grant application per year.

6)       Two Letters of Recommendation from independent colleagues. These letters must evaluate
a) research quality and
b) commitment of the applicant and his/her department.
7)       A research proposal (10-12 pages, including references and preliminary results) prepared by the candidate detailing the title, purpose, materials, methods and projected results.  The proposal must be typed in Arial 11 pt. type, single-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Human and/or animal use must be approved by the Institutional Review Board or its equivalent and documented PRIOR to submitting the application. The approval document must be submitted with the application.
8)       A line item budget and justification for the project. Indirect costs to the sponsoring institution will not be allowed.
9)       A summary of ALL past (5 years), present and pending research support, specifying award titles, agencies, periods of support, and total direct costs.
10)    Scoring: All applications will be evaluated by the Jones Foundation Medical Executive Committee. The Committee will use a 9-point scale scoring system, with 1 being ‘exceptional’ and 9 being ‘poor’. The applicant must receive an overall score equal to or less than 3 (excellent) to be considered for funding.
11)    Tangible Results: The applicant must produce tangible results after the first year of funding, as well as the minimum required ‘excellent’ score, to be considered for renewal and a second or third year of funding.

DEADLINE: Deadline for receipt of application is September 30, 2014. Applications must be submitted online at: Inquiries may be made to:  Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine, Attn:  Mary Davies, 601 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA  23507 Phone: 757-446-8932  Fax: 757-446-5905

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The Medical Executive Committee of the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine will review the proposals and provide their recommendation to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Notification of the award will be made by November 15, 2014 and funding will begin on January 1, 2015, unless otherwise requested by the applicant and approved by the Jones Foundation Board of Directors.