The objective of this program is to assist investigators in generating sufficient data to be competitive for extramural funding. Faculty investigators of any rank are eligible to lead Pilot Projects. A focus on obesity, cardiorenal, or metabolic diseases is required. The highest priority for awards will be given to applications that are most competitive for future extramural funding.
Employees of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) with either a full- or part-time faculty appointment at UMMC or a joint UMMC/VA appointment are eligible to apply.
COBRE Pilot Grants are made for a one-year period, although. there is an opportunity for renewal depending on progress.An electronic copy of the proposal should be submitted as a single file in PDF format to Courtney Graham. The transmittal form should be signed by the principal investigator, department chair and/or the appropriate dean from schools other than the School of Medicine. Please note the following administrative requirements: Page limitations indicated throughout the application will be strictly enforced. Applications should reflect NIH font sizes only, minimum size 11.0 Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype or Georgia and at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left and right) for all pages.
Please attach a copy of the entire summary statement or original review comments from other funding sources for the proposed projects with prior reviews. Also include a brief description of the changes you have made to your submission based on prior reviewer comments or suggestions (1 page maximum). Biosketches are required from all investigators along with letters of support from all consultants.
Both the mentors and the Pilot Grants investigators will be required to submit (separately) a formative evaluation of the mentoring relationship and research progress to the Center Director 6 months after Pilot Grant is awarded. A final summative report of research findings and plans for submission of an application for extramural funding will be required 30 days following the end of the funding period. This report should include the awardee's progress, publications, pending requests, and awards received from other sources resulting as an outgrowth of the COBRE Pilot Grant. In addition, a follow-up report will be requested approximately 1-2 years after the initiation of your award. The content of these reports will be an important consideration in an applicant's request for any subsequent funding. Instructions for completing these reports will be sent to each grant recipient. Any invention resulting from a Pilot Grant must be reported to the UMMC COBRE Administration.
Awardees will be asked to present their projects at the COBRE/MCCTR joint meetings.
All publications and abstracts resulting from research supported either directly or indirectly by a COBRE Pilot grant should acknowledge the support with the following footnote:“Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30GM149404. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”