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Request for Applications – CTR-IN Mini-Grants

Background and Intent:
A core principal of the CTR-IN is to provide research support to investigators across the 13 institutions in our partnership. The substantial award values provided for Pilot Giants limit those opportunities to one or two projects at each partner institution per year. We are pleased to find that the Pilot Grant program is generating a tremendous amount of interest and that the scientific quality of those applications justifies having an alternative funding opportunity that can help applicants advance towards a successful Pilot Grant, or even an extramural proposal. In visiting partner sites we have heard success stories from investigators who have been able to initiate excellent clinical or translational work with budgets in the range of $10,000. The CTR-IN Mini-Grant Program fills that niche by providing bootstrap — and in some cases continuation — funds for projects and collaborations with excellent potential to lead to extramurally-supported clinical or translational work. The CTR-IN resources for biostatistical support, education and mentoring described on our website are available at no cost to Mini-Grant Awardees.

Eligible Applicants:
Faculty members with at least a .5 FTE position at one of the 13 CTR-IN partner institutions are eligible to apply. Past Pilot Grant Awardees are eligible. IDeA Program policy restricts research support to one current IDeA source per investigator. Accordingly, current Pilot Grant Awardees and investigators with research activity currently supported by INBRE or COBRE awards are not eligible (for instance, being a research Mini-Grantee in an IDeA-CTR while being a research project leader in a COBRE). It does not matter whether the tworesearch projects are in different areas or not. An investigator, however, may be supported concurrently for other activities (e.g. receive research pilot funding from the IDeA-CTR while serving as a mentor or Core Director in a COBRE).

Eligible Projects include:
single investigator proposals;
proposals to initiate a collaboration at a single institution; and
proposals for collaborative work involving investigators at more than one CTR-IN institution.
Projects must be Clinical or Translational Research, the CTR-IN is unable to fund pre-clinical or basic science research.

Preferred uses (other uses that can lead to extramural support are also encouraged):
1) acquisition of pilot data;
2) analysis of existing data with a specific plan to publish;
3) development of an intervention;
4) development of a community-based collaboration
5) a new research collaboration between investigators at two or more CTR-IN institutions

Allowable Expenses:
Applicants may request up to $12,500 in direct costs. Investigator salary is not allowed. Staff costs may be requested. Lab supplies and expenses, recruitment costs, travel and small equipment costs are allowed, but equipment costs may not exceed $2,500 and must be strongly justified. In general, the purchase of desktop or laptop computers and other standard office equipment is not permitted. Publication costs are not allowed, however, the CTR-IN will pay for reasonable publication costs upon request. A detailed budget and budget justification are required and the CTR-IN reserves the right to reduce proposed budgets for costs that are not well justified. As with all CTR-IN awards, F&A costs are limited to 10% at the recipient institution.

Submission Process:
Applications will be submitted electronically through the CTR-IN website as described in the Submission Instructions

Review Process:
Applications will be screened to ensure that they conform to requirements. Non-conforming applications will be rejected with an explanation to afford the applicant the opportunity to correct and re-submit. Applications will be reviewed for scientific merit, potential to lead to extramural funding, and concordance with the CTR-IN mission to grow the capacity for clinical and translational research in the Mountain West while addressing the unique opportunities and health issues of our region. Each application is reviewed by a member of the External Advisory Committee and a member of the CTR-IN Senior Leadership using review criteria. The reviews are presented to the CTR-IN Executive Committee which provides a recommendation regarding funding to the CTR-IN PI who considers those recommendations in light of programmatic priorities and forwards recommendations to the External Advisory Committee for final review and approval. The decision and review will be available to the applicant in the submission portal of the CTR-IN website on or before the key dates listed below. Applicants with unsuccessful proposals in the first cycle of the year are encouraged to revise their applications based on the review provided and resubmit for the second date. Applicants whose proposals are designated as ‘Intent to Fund’ will be contacted for “Just-In-Time” information needed for the final steps in the approval process involving the IDeA CTR Program Office at the NIH-NIGMS.

Institutional Support:
While not required, consideration will be given to institutional support committed to an applicant. Institutional Letters of Support should describe the institution’s commitment to facilitate the applicant’s development as an independent investigator in clinical or translational research. Any relevant cost sharing, faculty release time, or leveraging of additional resources should also be described.

Anticipated Number of Awards:
Funds are available to support approximately 10 to 15 Mini-Grant awards in the current project year ending June 30, 2016. The number funded will depend on scientific merit and policy considerations. The amount of support awarded to each successful applicant will be contingent on the appropriateness and supporting justification of the budget requested.

Reporting:
Awardees will be required to populate an online Progress Report form upon receipt of the award. The form is designed to capture updates as progress is made. Awardees will be required to provide a current update to the Progress Report between 03/17/16 and 04/14/16, and a Final Progress Report not later than 07/31/16. Standard financial reports will be required per NIH guidelines.

Human Subjects Protection:
If Human Subjects are involved, the applicant must have training in human subjects procedures and appropriate IRB approval before award funds will be released. Given the short time available to conduct the work proposed under this funding mechanism, strong weight will be given to the IRB status of an application when it is reviewed. If IRB approval is not submitted with the Mini-Grant application, documentation of IRB approval will be required as a Just-In-Time submission within two weeks of notice of Intent to Fund. Applications without IRB approval at that point may be administratively withdrawn.

Key Dates:
Application Receipt Dates: 10/08/15 and 01/14/16 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time
Notification Dates: 11/25/15 and 02/25/16
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: Two weeks following notification dates

ALL EXPENDITURES UNDER THIS RFA MUST BE COMPLETED BY 06/30/16

To apply for Mini Grant please click here …
Download: Submission Instructions
Download: Mini-Grant RFA

Any questions about the Mini-Grant Program can be directed to Amy Beaulieu (amybeaulieu@medicine.nevada.edu) and James L. Kenyon (jlkenyon@medicine.nevada.edu).

Allowable Expenses:

Applicants may request up to $12,500 in direct costs. Investigator salary is not allowed. Staff costs may be requested. Lab supplies and expenses, recruitment costs, travel and small equipment costs are allowed, but equipment costs may not exceed $2,500 and must be strongly justified. In general, the purchase of desktop or laptop computers and other standard office equipment is not permitted. Publication costs are not allowed, however, the CTR-IN will pay for reasonable publication costs upon request. A detailed budget and budget justification are required and the CTR-IN reserves the right to reduce proposed budgets for costs that are not well justified. As with all CTR-IN awards, F&A costs are limited to 10% at the recipient institution.