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Neuroscience Institute Pilot Research Grant Program

The UMMC Neuroscience Institute Pilot Program seeks to support the development of innovative, cutting-edge research across the spectrum of basic, translational, clinical and population-based neuroscience, and facilitate development of collaborative teams of basic scientists, clinicians, and other health care professionals from multiple departments, schools and/or disciplines. The program will be administered as a subset of the UMMC Intramural Research Support Program (IRSP) – all requirements for IRSP proposals will be adhered to, with slight modifications as described below.

The highest priority for awards will be for those projects that are most competitive for future extramural funding. Applications in basic, translational, clinical and population-based neuroscience are solicited in one cycle each year.

Deadline for applications - Sept. 1, 2017

A Neuroscience Institute Pilot Grant provides support in the form of a 12- to 24-month award of $30,000 or less to members of the UMMC faculty (assistant professor or above) or to affiliate faculty to pursue a research project. All funds must be spent at UMMC.

Grants are awarded in the following two categories:

  • Initial research support for new and newly relocated investigators
  • Seed funding for pilot projects

Things to note

No awards will be made for faculty salary, faculty travel expenses, or F&A/indirect costs.

  • Assurances
    Protocols must be submitted to the respective review committees (e.g. IRB, IACUC, IBC, Radiation Safety) by the application deadline; applicants who have not submitted protocols to the appropriate committees by this time will not be considered for funding. Selected awardees will be allowed only 30 days after the anticipated award date to obtain assurance approvals. A delay in obtaining assurance(s) approval will not extend the end date of the award period.
  • Applications
    Applicants must include within the 6-page research strategy an explicit description of how the project if funded will (1) enhance UMMC competitiveness for, and success in obtaining, new external research support in neuroscience; and (2) build and/or extend research collaborations at UMMC and with Institute partners.
  • Review process
    Grants will be reviewed by investigators with appropriate neuroscience background and expertise, including external reviewers when needed. Following initial peer review, applications recommended for funding will be reviewed by the UMMC Neuro Institute Board and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and final funding decisions made by joint agreement.
Contact Whitney Bondurant, Director of Sponsored Programs, or Michael Lehman, PhD, Chair of the Neuroscience Institute Board, for more information.