Roadmaps to Human Biology-Based Disease Research

To support strategic scientific dialogue around the concept of extending the vision of “21st century toxicology” to the wider biosciences, Humane Society International is offering grants of $5,000 (USD) to support the development and open-access publication of in-depth, independent review articles in discrete areas of human disease/biomedicine by health scientists with relevant expertise.

Each review should:

• Examine the state of the science in a specific area of human biomedicine, including current understanding of the underlying pathophysiological pathways and networks;
• Critically evaluate the human relevance, translational success and limitations of conventional research models;
• Offer concrete recommendations/roadmap for optimizing the funding and use of advanced, human-specific tools and approaches (pathway paradigm as an organizing framework, primary human cells/tissues, iPSC, organoids, bioengineering, computational systems biology modeling, etc.) in the disease area under discussion; and
• Be accepted for publication in a high-visibility, peer-reviewed journal.

A scientific workshop will be convened in 2019 to explore the findings and recommendations of funded review articles. Lead authors will be invited to attend and present their work, and contribute to a subsequent workshop report. Travel, accommodations and meals will be arranged.

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Key Dates

Application process opens 20 August 2017
Deadline for online applications 30 November 2017
Notification of successful candidates, legal
paperwork and commencement of grant period
5 January 2018
Draft review submitted to HSI 15 July 2018
Final draft submitted to HSI
First payment due upon acceptance by HSI
15 August 2018
Publication of review article
Final payment due upon acceptance for publication

Who can apply

• Health researchers holding a PhD (or equivalent) degree and able to demonstrate relevant experience in the disease area they propose to review.
• Eligible individuals may currently be employed in a health research position in the academic, private or public sectors, or may have retired from such a position. Postdocs are also eligible.
• Applications will be accepted from a single author or from groups of authors.
• The current call is restricted to applicants working in the following countries in Latin America through the entire period of the duration of this grant: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, or Mexico.

How to apply

The application form can be downloaded below and submitted by email. Applicants must read the funding conditions below before completing their application.

A brief CV of no more than two pages for each applicant is also required, and PDFs of up to four recent publications in the field of the disease that they wish to review should be included.

High visibility publication of the review is a requirement of this funding; therefore, applicants are required to identify three candidate peer-reviewed journals of suitable remit for their review.

Final applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Marcia Triunfol at

Funding conditions

It is expected that grant funding shall be used to enable applicants to dedicate their time to the production of a high-quality review article within a relatively short (3-4 month) timeframe, and will be used to cover the open-access article publishing charge for publication in an appropriate open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Successful applicants shall be paid in arrears under the following terms and conditions:
• $ 1.000,00 shall be payable upon completion of the review to the satisfaction of HSI;
• $ 4.000,00 shall be payable upon acceptance for publication by an appropriate, open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal agreed by HSI;

Disease areas not eligible funding under this call include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, addiction, ALS/motor neuron disease, stroke, asthma/COPD, autism, tuberculosis, liver cholestasis and autoimmunity, as extensive reviews are already available.

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