Biometrics Section Looks to Develop Next Generation of Biostatisticians

The ASA Biometrics Section is seeking applications for funding to support projects that develop innovative outreach efforts that enhance awareness of biostatistics among quantitatively talented students in the United States.

“Between people living longer, technological advancements in recent years to help process the massive influx of medical data, and personalized medicine becoming a focal point of health care legislation and policies, there’s never been a more exciting time for the field of biostatistics,” said Page Moore, chair of the Biometrics Section Strategic Initiatives Subcommittee. “Conveying this energy to students through this unique funding opportunity will help develop talent and inspire innovation.”

The section is particularly interested in funding projects that encourage students who are not currently pursuing an advanced statistics or biostatistics degree to pursue advanced training in biostatistics. The section anticipates funding up to three projects this year at $3,000–$5,000 per project.

A three-page application is due by December 12, 2016, and should be sent to Page Moore. The project timeline should be 1.5–2 years. Submissions must adhere to the following format:

  • Title, objectives, and specific aims
  • Background, significance, and/or rationale
  • Design and methods
  • Deliverables, products, and budget

The following expenditures are allowed:

  • Supplies
  • Domestic travel (when necessary to carry out the project)
  • Professional expertise (e.g. instructional designer or webmaster)
  • Cost of computer time

The following expenditures are not allowed:

  • Secretarial/administrative personnel
  • Tuition
  • Foreign travel
  • Honoraria and travel expenses

A project period with a start date no earlier than January 1, 2017, and end date no later than December 31, 2018, should also be specified.

Award recipients must be an ASA member and Biometrics Section member before their project begins.

Investigators will be expected to submit a brief report at the conclusion of the project.

For additional questions, contact either Page Moore or Tanya Garcia, subcommittee co-chair.