Mission: to support & encourage trainee research
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute initiated the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Awards with the goal of enhancing and supporting development of research skills among physicians training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. These awards provide partial support intended to assist outstanding fellows in initiating or completing their research projects.
The Marshall Klaus Award is given every year in honor of Marshall H. Klaus, M.D. Dr. Klaus was an internationally known neonatologist and scientist. Dr. Klaus was the author or coauthor of several standard works in the field, including Bonding, Care of the High Risk Newborn, Mothering the Mother and The Amazing Newborn. He taught pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and has had exceptional influence as researcher, professor of pediatrics in American medical schools and abroad.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal-Perinatal Research Grant Program is designed to give neonatal fellows an opportunity to initiate and complete research projects related to their professional interests. $5,000 grants are available to qualifying trainees. Projects may be related to the full spectrum of child health research, such as perinatal-neonatal health, behavioral sciences, biomedical science, epidemiology, health services, prevention, public health, quality improvement, and quality measurement. Trainees must conduct their research under the supervision of a mentor within his or her own department or with other basic, clinical, or social scientists within the trainee's institution. Research projects can be conducted for a maximum of two years and should be completed during fellowship. The Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine's Research Committee considers each application in light of the following criteria: significance of the topic, innovation, proposed methodology, feasibility to complete during fellowship, and relevance to the trainee's career goals. It is of particular importance that the mentor provides a clear plan of mentorship and outlines explicitly what role he or she will take in order to support the trainee in the conduct of the project.
Award recipients will be expected to submit their research findings in an abstract to the AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fall meeting. If selected for oral presentation, Klaus awardees are eligible for a travel award to pay for economy airfare, lodging and other expenses associated with participating at the NCE as outlined in the AAP Travel Guidelines. In addition, recipients will be asked to complete a brief follow-up survey to assist with the evaluation of the program.
This year, there are 3 types of awards fellows can apply for by the same process:
- Bench or Clinical Research Award (sponsored by AAP, Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, Mead Johnson)
- Health Services Research Award (sponsored by the Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Neonatology Foundation)
Newborn Medicine Education Award (sponsored by Brodsky & Martin’s Neonatology Review Series)
Application and Guidelines
Basic application and award guidelines are dates are identical for all 3 awards but applications will be reviewed by different panels of experts in respective fields.
Important Dates and Resources
January 31, 2023 | 11:59pm CST - deadline for application and research proposal
June 2023 - Applicant notification
July 13, 2023 - All applicants will be notified and grants will be mailed
The Section for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Research Committee
Joern-Hendrik Weitkamp, MD FAAP (Chair) Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Brian Hackett, MD, PhD, FAAP (District IV) Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Thomas Raffay, MD, FAAP (District V),UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Krithika Lingappan MD, FAAP (District VII) Texas Children’s Hospital
Jason Gien, MD FAAP (District VIII) University of Colorado
Tara Randis, MD, FAAP (District X) University of South Florida
Trent Tipple, MD, FAAP (District X) The University of Alabama at Birmingham
For any questions about the Marshall Klaus Award, please contact: Joern-Hendrik Weitkamp, MD.
American Academy of Pediatrics