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Digestive Disease Research Center

Pilot Program Application Guidelines

 

P/F applications should be focused proposals, the aims of which can be clearly accomplished within two years of funding.  The extent to which Research Core laboratories of the DDRC are utilized should be emphasized in the proposal. DDRC funding is limited to two years support at a maximum level of $25,000 each year.  Exceptional applicants with a high likelihood for progression to extramural funding and a successful career in investigative gastroenterology are eligible to be named DDRC Young Investigator.  The Young Investigator will be awarded $25,000 annual salary support for a 12-24 month period with 80% effort.  There is a 5-page limit for the body of the application (Specific Aims, Background/Significance, Preliminary Studies, Experimental Design and Methods). 

For additional information contact Scharneitha Britton by phone at 615-322-4225 or by email at scharneitha.britton@vanderbilt.edu.
*Forms available on-line: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html

Submit three copies of complete grant to Scharneitha Britton.  Also send electronic copy of grant to scharneitha.britton@vanderbilt.edu

Application Requirements

The applications must contain the following, in order:

  1. VDDRC Pilot and Feasibility Program Face Sheet.
  2. NIH PHS 398 Page 2 (Description, Performance Sites, and Key Personnel)
  3. NIH PHS 398 Page 4 (Detailed budget for the initial budget period )
  4. NIH PHS 398 Page 5 (Detailed budget) for the entire proposed period of study with a maximum of two years.

The Pilot and Feasibility Program Projects should utilize VDDRC Research Core laboratories.  Specific plans to use the cores on a fee-for-service basis should be included in the budget, where applicable.  In general however, Core charges for new investigator P/F applications will be waived.
Identify any sources of funds currently available to support research on this or closely related topics by the applicant and/or senior investigator with whom the applicant is associated.  If funds exist clearly indicate why VDDRC Pilot and Feasibility Program funds are being requested.  Duplication of funds will not be permitted.

5. Body of Application (maximum of 5 pages for items a-d)

  • Specific Aims (1/2 page:  Remember this is a 1-2 year pilot project)
  • Background and Significance (1-2 pages:  Include a thorough, but concise description of the work leading to your current hypothesis review of the literature)
  • Preliminary studies (1 page: You are not required to have preliminary data since this is a pilot project. Briefly describe relevant preliminary work that you have done supporting this application)
  • Research Design and Methods (1-3 pages of study design, methodology, data analysis and any problems anticipated and potential solutions.  Include rationale for experimental design and reasons for favoring one methodology over another. Describe how you will analyze data; identify potential problems and solutions.)

6. Literature cited.  Provide full details of literature cited including full title and authors.
7. Brief description of long-term goals of the research project you plan to develop.  Include rationale for the planned research program based on past experience of the applicant.  What are the plans for future funding if the line of investigation is successful?  Describe how the project relates to one of the themes of the DDRC:

  • Microbial Pathogens and Communities, Inflammation and Disease
  • Progenitor Cells, Development, Regeneration, and Pre-malignant lesions
  • Obesity, Metabolism, and Nutrient Absorption

8. Brief description of the use of DDRC research cores:

  • Bioanalytical/Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics Core
  • Biostatistics Core
  • Cell Imaging Core
  • Flow Cytometry Core
  • Murine GI Surgical Modeling Core
  • Preclinical Models of Digestive Disease (comprised of the tissue morphology subcore, novel cell line subcore and the preclinical imaging subcore)

9.     Biosketch (NIH format)
10.   Appendix materials
11.   Protocols for use of Human Subjects or Vertebrate Animals.

Signature and Recommendations

Applications require the signature of the chair of the applicant’s department or division director on the VDDRC P/F Program Face Sheet.  This signature confirms that all physician-scientists who are Principal Investigators will have protected time to perform research.  If the applicant is the VDDRC Young Investigator the requirement is 80% protected time.

Applications for the VDDRC Young Investigator Applicants require three letters of recommendation; one should be from the Division Director and one from the Department Chairman documenting laboratory space and protected time commitment (80%).

Trainees in their last year of fellowship who are recipients of an 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 suitable expertise and independence to carry out the planned experiments.  Trainee applicant must have a letter of commitment from a senior scientist to sponsor the project.

Applicants who have completed training within one year and remain affiliated with a mentor must have a letter stating the independence of the applicant.

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