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An LOI consists of a brief synopsis of your proposal that is only one or two pages long attachments many be added if deemed necessary. Understandably, investigators may not have all of the details worked out at this stage, however AFSA encourages applicants to include the following six components in their LOI: Name of principal investigator, degree and area of speciality as documented by previous studiesand the names and degrees of primary people involved in the study.
Also, indicate if this study will be performed within an institutional environment such as a university, hospital, or research centerplease identify the institution. This consists of a one-sentence statement with supporting sentences that may include documented references, clinical data on a small number of subjects, or whatever else has led you to your hypothesis.
Study goals or objectives: Please specify what you hope to prove by conducting your proposed study. Identify the study population sduration of study, primary testing methods to be used, and other comments that describe how the study will be conducted.
Include a total dollar amount in U. AFSA realizes that these budget figures are only estimates, but if possible, please provide anticipated budget totals for each of the five categories. Contact AFSA if you are considering a proposal for a larger sum of money.
Exceptions to the one-time maximum award amount may be made on a case-by-case basis. Describe how your study will lead to the improved well-being of patients with FMS. Please be specific, and be certain that your project proposal offers something "new" in terms of guiding treatment directions.
Keep in mind, AFSA does not fund studies related to behavioral, psychosocial, self-help, or movement therapies. If you are concerned about being able to meet this requirement, please contact AFSA. We usually can persuade your institution to waive its overhead fees should you be approved for funding by AFSA.
The research synopsis is the plan for your research project. It provides the rationale for the research, the research objectives, the proposed methods for data collection and recording formats and/or questionnaires and interview guides. This page includes a listing of policies and guidelines for English Wikipedia. Policy and guideline pages describe Wikipedia's principles and best-agreed practices. Policies are standards that all users should normally follow, while guidelines are meant to be best practices for following those standards in specific contexts. Guidelines for a Letter of Intent. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is preferred before submitting a formal grant application to AFSA. An LOI consists of a brief synopsis of your proposal that is only one or two pages long (attachments many be added if deemed necessary).
Response to your LOI will be provided approximately one month after we receive it. Responses may also include recommendations for improving your proposal or suggestions for modifying your application to make it more suitable to AFSA's funding priorities.
Applications submitted without a "favorable" response from an LOI may not be formally reviewed if the proposal does not meet AFSA's funding needs or if it duplicates an "in progress" project that has been funded. Please review our website section on "Research Projects Funded" prior to submitting even before an LOIand be aware that the website may not include projects awarded during the past months.
In its year existence, AFSA has yet to turn down a project due to lack of funds. We are eager to discuss AFSA's application process with any investigator meeting our application requirements and wishing to propose a project that is related to our research funding priorities.
You may contact AFSA by any of the following methods: By investigating the areas described below, AFSA believes that better diagnostic tools and treatments will be made available to patients with fibromyalgia syndrome FMS and its overlapping conditions.
While advances have been achieved in these areas, little progress has been made toward characterizing the sleep disturbances in FMS patients. Evaluate the occurrence of sleep disorders, such as upper airway resistance syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome the latter can be diagnosed with clinical interview; PSG not required.
Tag-on proposals to ongoing epidemiologic studies involving larger patient populations or community-based samples are welcomed. Test effectiveness of interventions for improving sleep, either pharmacologic agents or therapies designed to enhance airflow, to determine if they lead to improvements in pain, fatigue, dyscognition, function, or other measures.
Correlate sleep PSG characteristics including brain wave patterns and sleep architecture with neuro-endocrine-immune abnormalities or specific physiologic measures in FMS patients. Include in your LOI a budget outline with justification.
Other Important Priorities Test therapeutic interventions for FMS pain, particularly medications that are effective with minimal side effects. In particular, evaluate medications approved for other indications or those currently being tested in Phase III clinical trials for other conditions. Identify the chronic pain mechanisms in FMS.
This includes brain imaging studies that build upon the recent findings of gray matter loss or altered gray matter densitiesas well as therapeutic manipulations that may elucidate the cause of the findings.
Investigate the role of neuro-endocrine-immune modulators and their receptors in the central nervous system and the peripheral systems. Proposals to test medications to alter or correct documented abnormalities in the above neuro-endocrine-immune modulators would be of interest to AFSA.
Explore the physiologic mechanisms responsible for the symptom of fatigue and test pharmacological treatments to alleviate this symptom. Evaluate neurocognitive deficits or dyscognition in people with FMS by correlating it to neuro-endocrine-immune abnormalities, brain imaging findings, or PSG.
This symptom is often the most disabling and deserves special attention. If the mechanisms of fatigue or the role of dyscognition will be evaluated in relationship to improvements in sleep architecture or sleep therapies, such a study proposal would fall into our sleep research initiative.Research synopsis writing by Helle O.
Larsen (University of Copenhagen), modified by Davide Pettenella (University The research synopsis is the plan for your research project. It provides the rationale for the research, the research objectives, the proposed methods for data collection and recording Guidelines to the content of the.
Content created by Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Content last reviewed on February 16, The Purdue University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus. The first step, selecting a project idea, is the most important.
This is the first question or dilemma a student faces when starting a science project, because it can make the difference between a good and an excellent project.
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Choice of Research Topic (The "What"). Approach Choosing a research topic or title (i.e., getting started) is perhaps the most difficult part of writing a synopsis. Framing the Title Your title should summarise your topic and should not be a ramble over what you think, illuminated by snippets of what you have read.