The pilot project funding program is designed to provide researchers with the seed money needed to generate primary data that can be used in extramural funding applications. Funding can be used within the Center or at the applicant's home institution, depending on the project outline and goals. As this program is designed to generate future extramural support for the participant, priority will be given to individuals with excellent research questions, some research experience, and departmental and university level support at the home institution.
Individuals interested in this opportunity should complete the Application for Pilot funding, an NIH-style biosketch (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html), and contact the NSMRC. We are currently only accepting applications from individuals who hold tenure track faculty positions at their institutions who are eligible to serve as a principal investigator on NIH grants.
Individual grants can be funded up to $25,000 for 12 months, including any indirect costs assessed by awardees' institutions. Preference will be given to projects that limit indirect costs to 8%. The preferred 8% limit on indirect costs is intended to maximize the amount of funds that investigators receive to complete their pilot work. It is an amount that has been agreed upon by the PIs of the R24 network of research centers. Note that for foreign institutions, an 8% limit is required, per NIH policy.
Dates and Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted continuously through 2014. The beginning of the budget year is June 1st and projects will be funded until each year's pilot project budget has been spent. Therefore, we encourage investigators to submit their proposals by March 31st for funding starting the 2014-2015 academic year.
Last Updated: Monday, 10-Jun-2013 12:22:34 PDT
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