Digestive Disease Research Center

Pilot Project Funding Opportunity

The Pilot and Feasibility Project Program (P/F) is designed to provide Vanderbilt investigators the opportunity to explore nascent, meritorious hypotheses related to digestive diseases with the ultimate goal being acquisition of external funding. The Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center (VDDRC) plans to fund pilot projects annually. Awards will be made for 1-2 years in duration.
Categories of Investigators Eligible for VDDRC P/F Funding are:
Type 1
Young investigators without current or past NIH support as the PI of an R01 or P01-based project. Trainees in their last year of fellowship who are recipients of a National Research Service Award (NRSA) individual award (F32) or an institutional training grant (T32) are eligible for P/F Funds if they have had at least two years of research experience and have the expertise and independence to carry out the project. Otherwise, the applicant must have a faculty appointment at the time of invitation of funding.
Type 2
Established, funded investigators with no previously funded work in the field of digestive diseases who wish to test the applicability of their expertise to a digestive-disease related problem.
Type 3
Established investigators in digestive diseases who wish to test the feasibility of a novel or innovative idea, which constitutes a significant departure from their funded work.
It is anticipated that the majority of applicants will fall into the first category.
In addition, a Young Investigator award will be made on the basis of priority score, potential of the investigator for independent career development in digestive disease research, and letters of support. The Young Investigator will be awarded $25,000 annual salary support for a 12-24 month period.
The Pilot Feasibility (P/F) Project Award Category is:
All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI).  Letters of Intent are due Monday, December 2, 2013. Applications are due Monday, February 3, 2014. The guidelines for submission are available at Pilot Program Application Guidelines.
The Letter of Intent (LOI) and Face Sheet should be addressed to Keith T. Wilson, M.D., Director of the VDDRC Pilot & Feasibility Program, Room 1030-C MRB-IV, 37232-0252. The LOI should be no more than 1 page and should briefly detail the background, aims and details of the proposed application. The LOI should also explain the investigator’s eligibility and “fit” within one of the four research themes of the VDDRC and planned usage of VDDRC core laboratories. Research Core Laboratories information.

For additional information please contact Scharneitha Britton at scharneitha.britton@vanderbilt.edu or Keith T. Wilson at keith.wilson@vanderbilt.edu

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