2012 Dean's Triumvirate Grants
The Dean's Office in the School of Medicine in conjunction with the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce a new call for applications for the Dean's Triumvirate Grants. This funding mechanism is aimed at promoting novel collaborations among clinical and basic science researchers from the UCI School of Medicine and other UCI Schools and programs. Available funding will include one $ 50,000 and possibly one or more $ 15,000 awards.
The overarching goal of the program is to provide opportunities for investigators who have considered interacting with other colleagues in different fields of study, but could not establish the collaboration for logistical, structural or financial reasons. The general premise is that establishing these new collaborations will enhance integration of basic and clinical science and lead to the submission and, eventual, funding of truly unique grant applications to the NIH and other extramural agencies. Ultimately, this process is expected to accelerate the translation of novel scientific concepts into tangible applications relevant to every-day clinical practice.
The term "triumvirate" implies that applications should be led by a team of three fulltime UCI faculty members (assistant professor or higher), from different disciplines, distributed as follows:
- Either two School of Medicine investigators (one a clinician or clinical researcher in a clinical department, the other a basic science researcher in one of the basic science departments), and a third investigator from outside of the School of Medicine. A clinical investigator is defined as an MD or other health practitioner who sees patients in a clinical setting, or is a PI for funded research including in-vivo studies in human subjects.
- Or one School of Medicine investigator (basic or clinical) and two investigators from Schools other than the School of Medicine (not, however, both from the same School).
It is expected that the collaboration is new, i.e. at least one of the three team members must not have collaborated with the other two in past research projects. While prior successful experience in grant writing is not a pre-requisite for funding, a successful funding history of at least one of the three team members may strengthen the application.
The application must include a 5 page narrative and a 1 page budget.
Narrative: up to 5 pages, including:
- 1-page description of unique qualifications of team members and structure of collaboration. Investigators will be asked to comment on the following areas describing the nature of the proposed collaboration.
- What specific scientific or translational advances will be achieved by your interdisciplinary collaboration?
- Why are those advances innovative and important at a scientific and a clinical level?
- Why is the integration of your disciplinary perspectives essential for achieving the outcomes specified above?
- What steps will you take to ensure that your collaboration is successful (e.g., scheduled face-to-face meetings, electronic communications, shared laboratory/office space, etc.)
- What barriers would you need to address for the collaboration to succeed (e.g., distance among collaborators' locations; lack of common ground due to interdisciplinary nature of project; commitments to other projects; etc.); how will these be addressed?
- Is your proposed project likely to result in sustained collaboration and procurement of extramural funding? Why?
- 4-page research plan, structured as a "condensed" standard NIH plan (Aims, Background, Preliminary data, Methods). Given the expected innovative nature of the projects, preliminary data are not an absolute requirement.
Budget - 1 Page including:
- Brief itemization of expenditures
- Brief justification of expenditures
- A paragraph addressing how funds will render the project possible
For more information, please contact Dr. Pietro Galassetti at email@example.com or Diana Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org .
application deadline is Friday, June 1, 2012; for funding to start on October 1, 2012.
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