STAAR Pilot Program
MARF is soliciting applications for a pilot program entitled Support and Technical Assistance for Acupuncture Research (STAAR). Medical acupuncture researchers or AAMA members who wish to become involved in research are encouraged to apply for a STAAR award. Recipients of the STAAR award will have direct access to expert consultants in a variety of disciplines, including biostatistics, research methods, grant writing, and medical writing. MARF will find and pay consultants to assist the STAAR award recipient with her/his research project, up to a total of $5000. The STAAR award recipient will have access to these consultation services, but she or he will not receive money directly.
This is a pilot program; MARF will grant a single STAAR award during the first funding cycle. The purpose of the pilot program is to assess the utility and effectiveness and cost of providing this type of research assistance to AAMA members. The long-term objective of the STAAR program is to facilitate the conduct of research projects and publication of findings that pertain to medical acupuncture. If the pilot phase of this program is deemed successful, more STAAR awards will be made available to AAMA members.
Please direct inquiries about this program or completed applications via email to Remy Coeytaux, M.D., at email@example.com. To apply for a STAAR award, please send via email attachment a brief (2-5 page) proposal that includes the following information: a) your name, professional degree(s) obtained, AAMA membership identification number, and professional position and mailing address; 2) a description of the proposed project; 3) a request for the type of assistance needed (eg, biostatistics, research design, manuscript
preparation, etc.); and 4) a statement that describes how a STAAR award will enable you to complete a project that you would otherwise not be able to complete.
Applications must be received by February 15, 2004 to be considered. A single STAAR award will be granted. The award winner will be announced at the 16th Annual Symposium in Chicago in April, 2004.