Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program

The ASSE Foundation is pleased to offer the Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Next application deadline is February 1, 2010.
The application will be posted soon.

PROGRAM GOALS
• To encourage research activity in the field of safety;
• To familiarize graduate students, faculty members and other researchers with current research projects and up-to-date research models and applications to expand the body of knowledge;
• To stimulate and enhance graduate students, faculty members and other researchers’ understanding of safety research;
• To provide a forum for linking safety professionals, industry needs, and quality research programs; and
• To lay the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue safety/health applied research projects of their choice.
REQUIREMENTS
• Fellows must be United States citizens or permanent residents;
• Fellows must possess a Ph.D. degree, or be working towards a masters or Ph.D.;
• Preference will be given to applicants holding appointments or enrolled in a department with an ABET accredited safety program.
Note: Members of the American Society of Safety Engineers will receive special consideration. The ASSE Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, national origin, or physical disability.
AVAILABILITY
Fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2009 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA, at a mutually agreeable time (arranged between the Fellow and the Director of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety after the awarding of the fellowship).
Note: Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Chien-Chi (Max) Chang at Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (Chien-Chi.Chang@LibertyMutual.com) to explore potential projects that would be aligned with Institute researchers’ goals and program interests.
STIPEND/RESOURCES
• Fellows will receive a stipend from the ASSE Foundation ($2,000 for the first week and $1,500/week thereafter to cover expenses). Expenses include transportation to and from the Fellow's home to Hopkinton, MA, room and board, rental car as needed and other miscellaneous expenses. Total stipend will not exceed $9,500 per fellow (for a six-week stay).
• Fellows will also receive reasonable access to current research projects, databases, equipment, researchers, and other resources as necessary upon execution of a Confidentiality Agreement with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.
FINAL REPORT
Within eight weeks of the end of the time at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, the Fellows will write:
• Either an 800 word article for the ASSE Foundation Advocate explaining the results of the research, or an article for the Professional Safety Journal on the results of the safety research project and
• If appropriate, an outline for a proposal for a grant request (to an outside agency) for continuing the research as an on-going Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety research project.
Note: No written document produced by the Fellows as a result of this fellowship shall in any way be a representation of the views of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety or the ASSE Foundation. The production of such a document as a result of the fellowship will not in any way represent an endorsement by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety or the ASSE Foundation.
COPYRIGHT/PROPERTY RIGHTS
The ASSE Foundation will retain copyright or property rights on all works produced as a direct result of these fellowships.
CONFIDENTIALITY
• The Fellows must acknowledge and agree that they may have access to proprietary, confidential information, books, materials, and audio-visual works of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and of other third parties, including, but not limited to, information or intellectual property of third parties licensed to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The Fellows agree that all such information, books, materials, audio-visual works and intellectual property shall be held in the strictest confidence, that they shall not reveal the same to any third parties, nor shall they make or retain any copies thereof upon termination of the Agreement, except as specifically agreed by the parties hereto in writing.
• The Fellows acknowledge and agree that the foregoing obligations of confidentiality shall survive the termination or expiration of this Fellowship.
TERMINATION POLICY
ASSE Foundation and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety each reserve the right to terminate or change the terms of its respective participation in the future if one party determines that the Fellows topics of interest detract in any way from the focus of the collaboration.
SELECTION COMMITTEE
The final selection of the Fellows will be made by the ASSE Foundation Research Committee and two members from the ASSE Foundation Board of Trustees. The committee will obtain comments regarding the scientific merit of each fellowship proposal from peer reviewers at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety who are unaffiliated with the proposed work. The committee will favor applied safety/health research projects that have broad, mainstream appeal to the general membership of ASSE.

 

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