1) If I’ve received a grant from the SSF before, am I eligible for another one?
Yes. However, your application could meet several impediments in the scoring process. For example, one of the research program goals is to encourage new investigators’ interest in Sjögren’s. If you have already received an SSF grant, you would not meet this criteria and therefore would receive a lower score on this point. Another priority for funding is the emphasis on an innovative concept. If you are proposing to continue the project for which you were supported previously, then the project will not be considered an innovative concept, as grants are provided with the idea that you will gather enough data to obtain additional funding from other entities. In addition, one important consideration would be what the investigator did with the data from the former grant.
2) Are indirect costs allowable?
No, indirect costs / management fees may not be covered by SSF grants.
3) Can Letters of Recommendation be included in the application packet?
These letters should be sent directly from the person providing the recommendation and therefore are separate from the Application packet. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the Subject Line should state: [Applicant Name] - Letter of Recommendation. It is not necessary to mail hard copies to the Foundation.
4) What is the best way to include journal articles in the Application?
A maximum of five publications may be included as part of the application package. These can be added onto the application package and the package made into a pdf file, but sometimes this makes the file too large to send via email. An alternative is to email publications separately to email@example.com. If emailed separately, the Subject Line should state: [Applicant Name] - Publications. Make sure you state on the application if publications are coming separately, so the SSF can make sure it received everything you sent.
5) Are specific margin sizes required in the application?
No specific margin sizes are required. However, for reviewers’ ease of reading, 1” margins are desirable.
6) Do figures and charts we wish to provide have to be included in the 5-page description limit?
No. Literature cited, figures and charts may be added on to the 5-page description.
7) When will I hear back from the SSF about the status of my application?
It depends on how many applications the SSF has received, but, usually, final decisions are made by mid-May. The review process usually goes through several steps with elimination of applications taking place at each step. If your application does not make the final-most top pool for review and ranking, you might receive a decision earlier than mid-May. At any time that you have a question, you may email the SSF at firstname.lastname@example.org.