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Pilot Projects Program

The Mississippi Center of Excellence in Perinatal Research COBRE will provide funding for up to fourjunior investigators per year for pilot projects in perinatal research that encompasses the study of disease states that may occur during gestation and early post-natal development and that result in long term consequences in the mother and offspring across their lifespan. Funding will be $35-40,000 per year.

Studies may focus on areas of basic and clinical research to include adverse pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes and developmental programming of cardiovascular, renal, metabolic and behavioral diseases. 

Letters of intent 

Calls for letters of intent will be yearly. They should include:

  • Title of project
  • Description of project; specific aims if available
  • Estimated cost per year
  • Plans for extramural funding submission

Once a letter has been accepted, full grants will be required (components required below) and will be evaluated by the Internal Advisory Committee and other researchers in the MS CEPR. 

Final evaluation of the potential projects will be submitted to the External Advisory Committee members for the evaluation. Criteria for evaluation will be standard NIH R01 criteria (PHS398 forms). 

Using PHS398 forms and instructions, provide the following sections for review:

  • Face page and transmittal to be signed by UMMC signing official
  • Project summary (page 2)
  • NIH biosketch
  • Updated other support
  • Detailed budget and budget justification
  • Research specific aims and research strategy
    • Note: Include "sex as a biological variable," rigor and reproducibility
  • IRB or IACUC submission/approval (must be approved prior to start of project)
  • Human subjects certification (if applicable)
  • Inclusion data record (if applicable, human subjects)