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ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grants
Letter of Intent due Tuesday January 5; 5PM
Purpose: To encourage early exploration of high-risk translational research ideas focused on emerging areas of basic and applied science with clear relevance to clinical application.
Rationale: The ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grant Program is inspired by the Common Fund's NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award initiative [formerly known as the Transformative Research Project (TR01]. The ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grants are designed specifically to support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.
The UCI ICTS is pleased to announce a new call for the Pilot Project Awards Program. Six one-year awards in the amount of $25,000-$30,000 will be conferred in this round. The estimated funding period is April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.
Clinical Translational Science Projects, currently not funded and aimed at obtaining preliminary results for a full application for extramural funds, are considered eligible. Emphasis will be placed on innovation and transformative potential of submitted proposals. The content of proposals, while obviously linked to applicants’ current research, should demonstrate a clear evolution towards novel, relevant, and untested research areas.
A clinical translational science project is defined as any project aimed at accelerating the transition from discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or population studies into clinical applications. It is expected that about half of the funded projects will be focused on novel technology development.
Principal Investigators (PIs) must be full time UCI faculty from any school or discipline; junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply, but established investigators pursuing novel research lines are also welcome. Faculty from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Long Beach VA* are also encouraged to apply. If CHOC and VA applicants do not have a joint UCI faculty appointment, their proposals must have a UCI CO-PI.
*All awards to CHOC and VA will occur via a subcontract; no overhead costs will be provided.
This is a two phase application process.
Phase 1: Abstract, due Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Deadline: Tuesday, January 5, 2016; 5 PM
Full Proposal Submission
Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2016; 5 PM
All material must be include the investigator’s name at the top right corner, and use a font no smaller than 11 pts, with margins no narrower than 0.5 inches.
Home Department Involvement
For all proposal submissions: Investigators are encouraged to request that ICTS funding be matched, at least in part, with departmental funds; this will allow the ICTS to support more projects. While applications without commitment of matching departmental funds remain eligible for funding (and indeed have been funded in the past), evidence of home department support, including matching funds, may enhance the chances of a proposal being funded.
Regulatory Approval: Please note that while having regulatory approval (IRB, IACUC) is not necessary at the time of submission, awarded funds will not be released, by NIH mandate, until such approval has been received.
Notification Emails for Receipt of Proposal
Milestones and Monitoring
To apply, please use this link.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Abstract: Tuesday, January 5, 2016; 5 PM
Full Proposal: Monday, February 22, 2016; 5 PM