Grant Application Process

Guidelines:

The Kendall Burrows Foundation was formed with the goal of advancing awareness, research, and treatment of autoimmune hematologic diseases and to disseminate information to patients and their families as well as the medical research community.

The Kendall Burrows Foundation invites grant applications from qualified investigators for grants for either clinical or basic research related to the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of autoimmune hematological diseases. Grants are made throughout the year with no deadlines unless so specified. Most grants are expected to be small ($5,000- $25,000), reflecting the Foundation's limited budget, although there are no fixed minimum or maximum amounts.

The Foundation is currently considering grants in these major areas:

  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for autoimmune hematological diseases.
  • Gene therapy of hematopoietic stem cells for autoimmune hematologic diseases.
  • The use of transgenic mouse technology for the identification of pathogenic mechanisms underlying autoimmune hematologic diseases.
  • The exploration of oral tolerance as a therapeutic regimen for autoimmune hematologic diseases.
  • The therapeutic implications of essential nutrients in the treatment of autoimmune hematologic diseases.
  • The treatment of sepsis as a consequence of immunosuppression and chemotherapy  preceeding bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.
  • The role of viruses in triggering autoimmune disease.
  • Our review of your proposal will start with these key questions:
  • Does the proposal address one (or more) of our goals?
  • Does it fit our current grant making priorities?
  • Is it new or innovative?
  • Is there enough supportive background to justify this current project?
  • Does the applicant have the ability to develop the project further following termination of the grant? 
  • Would other institutions, public or private, be more appropriate sources of support? 
  • How would this project make a difference? What are the potential clinical applications?

The projects most likely to be funded are the ones that provide the most compelling answers to these questions.

How to apply

The Foundation does not have formal application forms. To apply for funding in response to a call for proposals, we ask that you submit a preliminary letter of inquiry, not a fully developed proposal. Once received, your letter will be reviewed to determine whether the proposed project falls sufficiently within our program guidelines and current priorities that it can be considered. If not, you will be notified promptly.

First-stage review: letter of inquiry

The initial contact with The Kendall Burrows Foundation should be a letter of inquiry on your institution's letterhead, should not exceed two typewritten pages and should include the following:

  • A brief description of the problem you propose to address, including evidence of its importance.
  • What you want to accomplish and how you want to do it.
  • An approximate budget.
  • The name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail (if available) of the grant seeking organization, as well as the principal contact person for the proposed project.

Second-stage review: submission of complete proposal

If your letter of inquiry is accepted, you will be invited to submit a complete project proposal (one original and nine copies) and should include the following:

  • A statement of the project's principal objectives and expected outcomes.
  • A description of the proposed intervention or-for basic research projects -the methodology.
  • A discussion of the features that distinguish this project from similar research in the field.
  • A project timetable.
  • A description of how the project's results will be disseminated.
  • A discussion of the project's risks and limitations.
  • A detailed budget attached as an appendix. All funds presently held and applied for related to specified proposal must be listed. The Foundation may await the results of pending competitions prior to making any final decision on funding of proposals.
  • A discussion of the qualifications of the proposed institution and the principal personnel to implement the project. Summarize in chronological order your research experience, including problems studied and conclusions. Include your entire bibliography, separating abstracts, book chapters, reviews, and research papers.

The Research Grant Committee will conduct a preliminary review of your completed project proposal, often with the assistance of outside consultants. This process of information-gathering and preliminary review generally lasts two to three months, but if we need additional information, it may take longer. Often, during the review process, we find that the Foundation will not fund a project after all, if so you will be notified.

Third-stage review: decision process

Once your proposal has been reviewed by the Research Grant Committee, it will be considered by our board of directors. This phase of the process may take several weeks, depending upon the complexity of any questions that are raised. Again, if we decide at any of these stages that the Foundation cannot support your project, you will be notified. If your proposal is approved, you will receive a formal written notification.

Terms or Award

  1. Grants are awarded to individual grantees and are tenable at the institution in which the applicants hold their primary appointment at the time of application.
  2. The total award to the grantee will be administered and paid by the sponsoring institution in accordance with institutional policy.
  3. All grants have a specified termination date of one year after being awarded.
  4. Within two months after the termination of each grant, the grantee shall submit to the Foundation a brief report of the work performed. This should include a detailed financial accounting of all money expended attached as an appendix.
  5. The following acknowledgment should appear in any publication or abstract resulting from the work supported by a grant: "This work was supported by a grant from The Kendall Burrows Foundation." The Foundation reserves the right to distribute any publication resulting from the funded project.
  6. Five copies of any publication or abstract acknowledging support of The Kendall Burrows Foundation should be submitted to the Executive Administrator of the Foundation.
  7. Expenditures not allowed:
    • Cost of patient care and fees for parking.
    • Hospitalization or diagnostic laboratory tests (unless specified).
    • Books, subscriptions to journals, periodicals, or advertisements.
    • Construction or renovation of buildings.
    • Items ordinarily considered to be overhead (i.e., telephone, postage, lights, rent, office furniture, janitorial services, etc.).
    • Travel expenses.
    • Professional society dues.
    • Malpractice insurance.
    • Personnel recruitment, luncheons, receptions or meals.
    • Uniforms or wearing apparel, laundry charges.
  8. The Executive Board of The Kendall Burrows Foundation reserves the right to discontinue funding of the research project if the project does not meet the specifications submitted or the information requested above is not supplied on time as agreed to through the acceptance of the grant award.
  9. The Kendall Burrows Foundation is not responsible for any claim, judgment, award, damages, settlement, negligence or malpractice arising from the research or investigation related to an award.

To submit a letter of inquiry, write to: Deborah A Burrows

Director of Research
The Kendall Burrows Foundation
2319 Turkey Point Road
Essex, MD 21221

Because we require that a letter of inquiry be submitted on the institution's letterhead, please do not submit it by e-mail or fax. However, if you have any questions for the Research Grant Committee, you may do so by e-mail or fax.