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How may the ASPIRE Sickle Cell Disease Research Award funding be used?

How may the ASPIRE Sickle Cell Disease Research Award funding be used?

Funds may be used to cover the awardees’ salary and fringe benefits, as well as other direct expenses incurred during the research project. Direct expenses may include the salary of technical associates; the purchase of relevant laboratory supplies; direct expenses necessary for proper conduct of research (e.g. subject-related costs, study-related personnel costs, diagnostic fees/services, data management expenses). Indirect costs may include travel expenses to scientific meetings, software licensing fees, publication costs etc. ASPIRE Sickle Cell Disease research funds may not be used to purchase equipment, although the purchase of relevant laboratory supplies is allowed.

No other government, non-governmental, or industry-sponsored projects may cover the same work scope as the grant application to the ASPIRE Program. However, an ASPIRE Sickle Cell Disease Research Award may be related to other funding from foundations or government agencies, as long as there is no direct overlap. It is the responsibility of the applicant to justify the novelty of the proposal and provide evidence that the application does not overlap with any current or pending funding.

Once awarded, an ASPIRE grant cannot be amended upwards with additional funding support from Pfizer (via the standard Investigator-Initiated Research [IIR] process or separate competitive grant program), nor can additional drug support above and beyond what is sufficient to complete the original study as reviewed and approved by the External Review Committee be provided. If supplemental funding is required, it must be secured from sources outside of Pfizer. Similarly, an ongoing Pfizer supported standard IIR cannot apply for supplemental funding via a Pfizer supported competitive grants program. ASPIRE Program Research Awards cannot be provided to studies that are already in progress. top

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