Pilot Grant Program

Pilot Grants

Fall 2021 Request for Applications

The Neuroscience Research Priority Area (NRPA) seeks to provide broad-based support of neuroscience research across the University of Kentucky. As part of this initiative, the NRPA pilot grant program supports the development of innovative, cutting-edge research across basic, translational, and clinical neurosciences. The pilot grants will support teams in developing preliminary data necessary for applications for extramural funding (proposals must address how the project will lead to future extramural applications). Proposed projects should be multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary and involve colleague(s) from more than one UK College/Department.

 

Application Format                                                                     

Instructions: All materials should be combined into a single PDF document. Margins should be at least 1/2 inch and the font size should be between 10 and 12 points. Proposals should be submitted via the VPR’s Internal Funding Portal. Questions may be directed to Susannah Stitzer: susannahmstitzer@uky.edu

Applications should include the following documents.

  1. Completed Application Form with required signatures
  2. Study Background (1 page)
    1. Include research objectives, rationale, hypotheses, and aims
  3. Study Design (2-pages)
    1. Describe the significance, innovation and approach
    2. Include methodology, sample size, analysis plan, outcomes
  4. Timeline (1/2 page)
    1. Identify milestones for accomplishments described in the Study Design/approach
  5. Budget and Budget Justification
    1. Complete the budget worksheet (https://www.research.uky.edu/sites/default/files/NRPA%20Pilot%20Grant%20Budget%20Worksheet%20FY%2022.pdf )
  6. Plan for extramural funding (1 page)
    1. How will this pilot grant facilitate a future external grant? Include a timeline of submission(s) and specific PARs if available.
  7. References (no page limit)
  8. NIH or NSF-style biosketch for each investigator (5-page limit per investigator)
    1. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm
    2. https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/biosketch.jsp
  9. Letters of support as applicable
  10. If this application is seeking pilot support to strengthen an application that was previously submitted for external grant funding, but was not awarded, please attach the summary statement of reviewers’ comments.
  11. If this application is a resubmission from a previous NRPA pilot submission, applicants may include a 1-page response to previous reviewers’ comments

 

Budget

The pilot grant program will support 2 grants of approximately $25,000 in direct costs each for a 1-year project period.  Projects requiring higher levels of funding are still encouraged to submit an application; the NRPA’s goal is to support the most promising research and may award increased levels of funding to projects as appropriate and with justification, depending on availability of funds.

The following costs are not covered –administrative or office costs, meals or hospitality, travel that is not directly related to the conduct of research, other items typically supported by indirect costs, and monetary clinic incentives.

Salary for 12-month faculty is allowed; up to 1-month of summer salary is allowed for faculty on 9-10 month contracts.

 

Support for Protocol Design

For researchers seeking assistance in study design, please contact Dr. Christopher McLouth via the NRPA website (research.uky.edu/neuroscience) or CCTS’ BERD services via the CCTS website.

The Proposal Development Office can be used for assistance with developing a proposal.

 

Review Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by investigators with appropriate neuroscience background and expertise and will use NIH-type evaluations (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/scoring_system_and_procedure.pdf) . Applications will also be evaluated based on the potential for the proposal to eventually be competitive for extramural support. Following initial peer review, applications recommended for funding will be reviewed by the NRPA Internal Advisory Council and final funding decisions made by joint agreement.

 

Review Criteria

Application review will based on the following considerations:

  1. Innovation
  2. Significance
  3. Approach
  4. Environment
  5. Investigators
  6. Probability that this project will lead to extramural funding
  7. Additional review considerations:
    1. Alignment with NRPA strategic goals (emphasis on collaboration)
    2. Budgetary considerations
    3. Regulatory approvals
    4. Letters of support/commitment (if applicable)

 

Unfunded Grants

Unfunded grants can be considered for funding in subsequent cycles.

 

Due Dates

  • Call For Applications: October 8, 2021
  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2021, 5:00pm EDT

 

Notifications

Reviews and award notifications will be provided within 8-weeks of the grant application deadline.

 

Term

Funding is for 1 year. Extensions will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Awardee Responsibilities

  • Awardees are expected to submit collaborative extramural grants.
  • Awardees are expected to publish their findings in scholarly peer-reviewed journals and present their research at professional meetings.
  • All publications, grants, and presentations resulting from research funded by the NRPA should cite the NRPA as a contributing source of support.

A 1-page report summarizing the outcome of the project, extramural funding applications and awards, and the use of the awarded funds is due 1 month after the end of the funding period. Unspent funds are to be returned to the program.

 

 

Previous NRPA Funding Opportunities

NRPA Fall 2020 Pilots

Fall 2020 Request for Applications

The Fall 2020 NRPA Pilot Grant application is now open. For this round of funding, applications should be submitted via the VPR's funding portal:

Pilot Grant Portal 

Any questions may be directed to Susannah Stitzer: susannahmstitzer@uky.edu 

Description of Program

The Neuroscience Research Priority Area (NRPA) seeks to provide broad-based support of neuroscience research across the University of Kentucky. As part of this initiative, the NRPA has implemented a pilot grant program to support the development of innovative, cutting-edge research across basic, translational, and clinical neurosciences and to facilitate the development of collaborative teams of basic scientists, translational scientists, clinical investigators, and clinicians across colleges, departments, and disciplines. The pilot grants will support teams in developing preliminary data necessary for applications for extramural funding. Proposed projects should be multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary and involve colleague(s) from more than one UK College/Department. Faculty, resident, post-docs, and fellows are all invited to apply.

 

Application Format

Applications should include the following documents. Applications are to be submitted through the Pilot Grant Portal.

  1. Completed Application Form including:

    1. Study Background (1 page)

    2. Study Design (2-pages)

    3. Budget and Budget Justification

    4. Plan for extramural funding (1 page)

    5. Signature Page

  2. NIH-type Biographical Sketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)

  3. Documentation of IACUC or IRB submission or approval as applicable (applicants do not need IRB or IACUC approvals to submit a pilot grant application; successful applicants will need to submit any necessary IRB or IACUC protocols within two weeks of award notification and provide the NRPA with documentation of the submission).

  4. Letters of support as applicable

Budget

The pilot grant program will support 2 grants of approximately $25,000 in direct costs each for a 1-year project period.  Projects requiring higher levels of funding are still encouraged to submit an application; the NRPA’s goal is to support the most promising research and may award increased levels of funding to projects as appropriate and with justification, depending on availability of funds.

The following costs are not covered –administrative or office costs, meals or hospitality, travel that is not directly related to the conduct of research, other items typically supported by indirect costs, and monetary clinic incentives.

 

Support for Protocol Design

For researchers seeking assistance in study design, please contact Dr. Christopher McLouth via the NRPA website (research.uky.edu/neuroscience) or CCTS’ BERD services via the CCTS website.

 

Review Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by investigators with appropriate neuroscience background and expertise and will use NIH-type evaluations (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/scoring_system_and_procedure.pdf) . Applications will also be evaluated based on the potential for the proposal to eventually be competitive for extramural support. Following initial peer review, applications recommended for funding will be reviewed by the NRPA Internal Advisory Council and final funding decisions made by joint agreement.

 

Review Criteria

Application review will based on the following considerations:

  1. Innovation

  2. Significance

  3. Approach

  4. Environment

  5. Investigators

  6. Probability that this project will lead to extramural funding

  7. Additional review considerations:

    1. Alignment with NRPA strategic goals

    2. Budgetary considerations

    3. Regulatory approvals

    4. Letters of support/commitment (if applicable)

 

Unfunded Grants

Unfunded grants can be considered for funding in subsequent cycles.

 

Due Dates

  • Call For Applications: October 16, 2020

  • Application Deadline: December 11, 2020, 5:00pm EDT

  • Funding Decision: January 8, 2020 (tentative)

    • Funding cycle: February 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022 (subject to impacts from the coronavirus)

 

Notifications

Reviews and award notifications will be provided within 8-weeks of the grant application deadline.

 

Term

Funding is for 1 year beginning February 1, 2020 and ending January 31, 2021 (subject to impacts from the coronavirus).

 

Awardee Responsibilities

  • Awardees are expected to submit collaborative extramural grants

  • Awardees are expected to publish their findings in scholarly peer-reviewed journals and present their research at professional meetings

  • All publications, grants, and presentations resulting from research funded by the NRPA should cite the NRPA as a contributing source of support

A 1-page report summarizing the outcome of the project, extramural funding applications and awards, and the use of the awarded funds is due 1 month after the end of the funding period. Unspent funds are to be returned to the program. Extensions are not allowed.

ADAM Alliance Pilot Grants

Alliance for Reduction of Diabetes Associated Microvascular Dysfunction (ADAM)  Pilot Grant Program

Request for Applications

 

The Alliance for Reduction of Diabetes Associated Microvascular Dysfunction (ADAM) seeks to assist clinicians and basic science scientists at the University of Kentucky to facilitate planning and implementation of focused collaborations in neurovascular/cardiovascular metabolism-related research, training, career development, education, and/or outreach. The pilot grants will provide support for neurovascular metabolism research projects for limited durations of time to perform feasibility studies and obtain preliminary data that will lead to the submission of specific competitive grant applications for support by the NINDS and/or other sources of funding. The pilots are targeted to junior clinical faculty and successful grantees will be paired with a faculty mentor from ADAM.

Proposed projects should involve clinicians and basic science scientists and centered on the following research themes:

  • correlation of metabolic and inflammatory mediators of microvascular dysfunction in peripheral tissues with cerebral small vessel ischemic;
  • correlation of metabolic and inflammatory mediators of microvascular dysfunction with ischemic heart failure;
  • metabolic and inflammatory mediators of clot formation.

 

Application Format

Applications should include the following documents. Completed applications should be submitted to NeuroscienceRPA@uky.edu

1.Completed Application Form including:

      a. Study Background (1 page)

      b. Study Design (2-pages)

      c. Budget and Budget Justification

      d. Plan for extramural funding (1 page)

      e. Signature Page

 

2. NIH-type Biographical Sketch (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm)

 

3. Documentation of IACUC or IRB submission or approval as applicable (applicants do not need IRB or IACUC approvals to submit a pilot grant application; successful applicants will need to submitany necessary IRB or IACUC protocols within two weeks of award notification and provide theNRPA with documentation of the submission).

 

4. Letters of support as applicable

 

Budget

The pilot grant program will support 2 grants of approximately $25,000 in direct costs each for a 1-year project period. Projects requiring higher levels of funding are still encouraged to submit an application; the ADAM’s goal is to support the most promising research and may award increased levels of funding to projects as appropriate and with justification, depending on availability of funds.

The following costs are not covered: administrative or office costs, meals or hospitality, travel that is not directly related to the conduct of research, other items typically supported by indirect costs, and monetary clinic incentives.

Review Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by investigators with appropriate neuroscience background and expertise and will use NIH-type evaluations (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/guidelines_general/scoring_system_and_procedure.pdf) . Applications will also be evaluated based on the potential for the proposal to eventually be competitive for extramural support. Following initial peer review, applications recommended for funding will be reviewed by the Alliance and final funding decisions made by joint agreement.

 

Review Criteria

Application review will based on the following considerations:

1. Innovation

2. Significance

3. Approach

4. Environment

5. Investigators

6. Probability that this project will lead to extramural funding

7. Additional review considerations:

a. Budgetary considerations

b. Regulatory approvals

c. Letters of support/commitment (if applicable)

 

Due Dates:

  • Call For Applications: December 8, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2021, 5:00pm EDT
  • Funding Decision: February 22, 2021 (tentative)
  • Funding cycle: March 1, 2021- February 28, 2022*
  • Subject to change in response to the impact of coronavirus

 

Notifications

Reviews and award notifications will be provided within 3-weeks of the grant application deadline.

 

Term

Funding is for 1 year beginning March 1, 2021 and ending February 28, 2022. *Subject to change in response to the impact of coronavirus

 

Awardee Responsibilities:

 

  • Awardees are expected to submit collaborative extramural grants
  • Awardees are expected to publish their findings in scholarly peer-reviewed journals and present their research at professional meetings
  • All publications, grants, and presentations resulting from research funded by the ADAM should cite the ADAM as a contributing source of support

A 1-page report summarizing the outcome of the project, extramural funding applications and awards, and the use of the awarded funds is due 1 month after the end of the funding period. Unspent funds are to be returned to the program. Extensions are not allowed.