ICTS PILOT PROJECT AWARDS
The UCI ICTS is pleased to announce a new call for the Pilot Project Awards Program. Four to six one-year awards in the amount of $25,000 - 45,000 will be conferred in this round, with a funding period of April 1, 2013–March 31, 2014. As a reference to applicants, in the previous call, 58 applications were received, 6 of which were awarded.
Clinical Translational Science Projects, currently not funded and aimed at obtaining preliminary results for a full application for extramural funds, are considered eligible.
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 (assistant professor or equivalent and lower) are especially encouraged to apply, but established investigators pursuing novel research lines are also welcome.
The review process will be structured in two phases:
Abstract Submission: Abstracts are to be limited to 1 page with font no smaller than 11 points and 0.5 inch margins. The information to be provided includes:
Full Proposal Submission
Home Department Involvement
For all applicants: 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, is one of the scoring criteria, and may enhance the chances of a proposal to be funded.
For junior faculty: (assistant professor or equivalent and lower): before funds are released, a senior faculty mentor from the awardee's home department must agree to act as a sponsor (including general project supervision, participation in an initial milestone-setting meeting, and periodic progress report meetings).
Regulatory Approval:Applicants should be aware of the fact that while having regulatory approval i.e. IRB or IACUC for the project is not necessary for funding, funds if awarded will not be release, by NIH mandate, until such approval has been receive.
Notification Emails for Receipt of Proposal
A notification email indicating the receipt of your protocol will be sent within 24 hours of submission. If you have not received an email, please contact Dr. Pietro Galassetti (949-824-3353) or Diana Vigil (949-825-1231).
Applications that were not funded during a prior call for ICTS pilot awards may be resubmitted by checking the appropriate box during the application process. Resubmissions will have the opportunity to address the criticisms raised during the review process; however, no additional space will be allowed for the rebuttal, which will have to be included in the 1-page limit of the abstract and, if accepted to the second phase, in the 6 page limit of the research plan. A maximum on ONE resubmission will be allowed for each previously unfunded project.
Milestones and Monitoring
Before funds are released, a meeting between the awardee, department sponsor, department administrator, department financial analyst, and ICTS staff will set specific milestones to gauge project progression. Continuation of support throughout the entire award period will be contingent upon meeting the project's goals in a timely manner.
Review criteria will include:
To apply, please use this link. (A valid UCI NetID will be required).
THE APPLICATION DEADLINES:
PHASE I (Abstract): November 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
PHASE II (Full proposal): January 15, 2013, 5:00 p.m.