Published on Friday, 15 October 2010 10:53
The American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AATCVM) evaluates research proposals related to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) each Spring and awards small grants to those that qualify. The research proposal should be well designed, following the outline below and illustrate that the applicant understands the problem and proposes a logical scientific method of evaluation. Proposals must be received by April 1 of the current year and will be reviewed by the AATCVM Research Committee chaired by Dan Hawkins DVM, MS, DACVS, but the committee may request an external review or consultation by an expert regarding specific issues in the proposal. Completed proposals should be submitted to Dr. Dan Hawkins at
. The results of the Research Committee evaluation will be sent to the investigator by May 1 of the current year. Funding will be awarded to those investigators whose projects have been approved by May 30 of the current year.
AATCVM Research Proposal Outline
2. Name and organization of the investigator
3. Introduction and rationale
4. Materials and methods
- Brief literature review of the importance of the problem and what significant research has been previously completed by the investigator and others; references must be listed numerically as a superscript number at the end of the appropriate sentence after the period.
- Succinct statement of the problem to be studied
- Hypothesis or research question
5. Research plan and timeline
- Experimental design, e.g. true experimental study, prospective randomized clinical controlled trial, cross-over design, retrospective study
- Type, description and number of animals
- Experimental group designations, including number of animals in each treatment and control group
- Randomization method, e.g. random number generator
- Detailed description of experimental methods, outcome parameter(s) and data collection
- All research studies involving animals must have been performed in compliance with guidelines outlined in the Animal Welfare Act (http://awic.nal.usda.gov), United States Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/phspol.htm), the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (http://oacu.od.nih.gov/regs/guide/guide4.htm), the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching (http://www.fass.org/docs/agguide/Chapter01.pdf) or equivalent guidelines from other countries; authors from countries other than the United States should submit a copy of the animal use and care guidelines from their country
- Description of the statistical analysis
6. Anticipated results and potential pitfalls of the research project
- Itemized and detailed
- Disclosure of the source and amount of any other funds to support this research
- References should be listed in the order they appear in the text using the following format:
Xie H, Collahan P, Ott E. Evaluation of electroacupuncture treatment of horses with signs of chronic thoracolumbar pain. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2005; 227:281-286.
Schwartz C. Four Paws Five Directions. Berkley, CA: Celestial Arts 1996:35-39,1-3,15.
Schoen A. Acupuncture for musculoskeletal disorders. Veterinary Acupuncture 2nd Ed, Schoen A (ed). St Louis, Mo: Mosby 2001:161-165.
AATCVM Research Committee Research Proposal Evaluation Checklist
Each proposal will be rated from 1-5 (5 being the best score) on each of the following:
A combined score for each category will be calculated by averaging the score assigned by each member of the Research Committee.
The proposal must receive a combined score of 4-5 in each category to be acceptable.
An averaged score of less than 4, for any category, will be discussed by committee members and comments and recommendations will be forwarded to the researcher(s) for proposal revision and resubmission if indicated.
A final total score of all categories will be calculated by averaging the total score assigned by each member of the Research Committee. The one or two proposals with the highest final total score will be accepted for funding in the current year.
In addition to the scoring process outlined above, each reviewer will attach a narrative outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and recommendations for improvements where appropriate.
- Importance of the study to TCVM
- Focus, clarity and definition of the research question
- Research design: type of subjects, randomization, number of subjects in each group, treatment and control methods, blindedness and outcome parameters
- Humane treatment of experimental subjects
- Statistical analysis
- Budget itemization detail and validity of all requested funds
- Feasibility of completing research in proposed timeline
- Likelihood investigator(s) will complete the proposed research and publish findings
- Overall score: Degree that the research proposal scientifically addresses the hypothesis or answers the research question
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