Applications for the 2017 award are due on March 1, 2017. Please click here to download the application.
The annual Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar award consists of a 3-year, $150,000 grant given to the most promising vascular surgeon scientists in North America who are dedicated to an academic career combining their clinical practice with original, innovative basic laboratory or clinical research. It is co-sponsored by the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation. Vascular Cures and SVS envision that this award will enable the recipient to devote a significant amount of his or her total effort towards fundamental vascular research over a sustained period, thereby helping the recipient to qualify for independent funding from national health agencies.
Vascular Cures' Wylie Scholar Program is designed to support outstanding surgeons in the initial phase of their academic career, and to provide the financial assistance that will enable their development into academic vascular surgeon-scientists. The Wylie Scholar Program has and will continue to create a pool of talented academic surgeons, destined to become leaders in vascular surgery and research at major medical centers in North America.
The award may be used to support research in the following areas: basic science, translational, clinical research, outcomes/health services research, teaching, community service, and patient care. No later than two months after the funding year, the awardee will submit an update of progress and expenses for the previous year. This will be evaluated by their respective Chief of Vascular Surgery and by the Vascular Cures Review Committee.
Vascular Cures will award each Wylie Scholar $50,000 per year for up to three years, subject to an annual review by the committee. The maximum award available for any Scholar is $150,000. Payment of awards will be made to the candidate’s institution, and the institution will be responsible for disbursing all funds and for the administration of the grant. Vascular Cures does not pay indirect costs.
To be eligible for consideration, Wylie Scholar candidates must hold a full-time faculty appointment as a vascular surgeon with active privileges at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the United States or the Committee for the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada. Only one nomination per institution per year will be considered. The following conditions must be met:
- The candidate must have completed a Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada approved Vascular Surgery training program, and be board-eligible or board-certified in Vascular Surgery.
- The candidate must be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment at the time of application.
- The candidate must be an active, practicing clinical vascular surgeon.
- The candidate must present convincing evidence of rigorous research training and significant research accomplishments to date.
- The candidate must not be currently funded by a career development award from the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, American Heart Association, or similar extramural funding agencies. The Wylie Scholar Program is designed to support outstanding vascular surgeon scientists in the initial phases of their academic careers to accomplish the groundwork needed to be competitive for national career development awards or other independent funding. Concomitant awards similar in size to the Wylie Scholar (e.g. from professional societies such as the American College of Surgeons) must be disclosed and will be considered on an individual basis.
- The candidate must have a research mentor who will be an additional resource for his or her research.
- The Chairman of the Department of Surgery must guarantee that the candidate will have 40% protected time available to devote to the research investigation, as well as facilities, equipment and resources to execute the proposed studies. These resources can be shared with the mentor but their availability and location should be clearly described.
- The candidate is expected to participate in the Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar award event each year during their research grant tenure. This includes participating in a scientific interchange with Vascular Cures Board of Directors and donors. Up to $1,800 of the annual stipend may be used for travel expenses and one night of lodging.
The Wylie Scholar Award Committee, established jointly by Vascular Cures and the Society for Vascular Surgery, will select the Scholar and present their recommendation to the Vascular Cures Board of Directors for final approval. The key criteria for selection of the potential Wylie Scholar will be a demonstrated aptitude for and interest in vascular research, skill and promise in vascular surgery, teaching ability, and leadership qualities. Selected candidates may be personally interviewed prior to the final selection.