Request for Proposals (RFP)

Mr. William J. Gandolini, Jr., a self-professed diehard LSU Tiger fan, was born in New Orleans in 1926. After graduating from S.J. Peters in High School in 1946, he matriculated to LSU in Baton Rouge where he received an undergraduate degree in accounting and then a law degree. After LSU, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Following his service, he returned to New Orleans and started a private accounting and tax law practice. Throughout his lifetime Mr. Gandolini was recognized as a communitarian who wanted to help others.  In 2006, three months after suffering injuries during his Hurricane Katrina evacuation from New Orleans to Houston, he died of ARDS. In memory of her beloved uncle, Ms. Eileen Burke, Mr. Gandolini’s niece, has established the William J. Gandolini Memorial Scholarship Fund to help support LSU Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship research into the prevention and treatment of ARDS.

Applicants for this award will until August 31 to respond to this RFP. In early September, a Gandolini Selection Committee will review these applications for their scientific integrity, focus and feasibility for funding consideration. Proposals should be focused on clinically relevant questions around ARDS. Funding will be limited to $2500/year and may be used for any purpose deemed necessary to complete the research project as defined in the research proposal. Previously funded projects may be eligible for a second year of funding at the discretion of the Committee contingent on progress made during the first year.

Proposals should be limited to 2 pages and include the following

a.     background

b.     clinical question and applicability to ARDS

c.     hypothesis

d.     specific aims

e.     methods

f.      data analysis

g.     mentorship

h.     budget


Every six (6) months during the award cycle, the recipient will submit a one page progress report to the Selection Committee. The progress report will include the following information:

a.     progress toward each specific aim

b.     any proposed changes in the research necessary to meet the specific aims

c.     financial accounting of monies spent


It is expected that all research projects funded through this mechanism will result in the submission of an abstract to a major meeting and a manuscript submission. All publications will acknowledge the William J. Gandolini, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund and Shell Oil Company Foundation support.

Ben deBoisblanc, M.D.
Fred Allison, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medicine & Physiology
Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care and Allergy/Immunology
LSU Health Sciences Center
1901 Perdido St., Suite 3205
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-568-4634
Fax: 504-568-4295
Cell: 504-920-4267