Pilot Proposals

The Rochester Human Immunology Center (RHIC) grant has been renewed, and we will be continuing the Pilot Project program that supported several successful grant applications in the last funding cycle. We announce a new Request for Proposals for two Pilot Projects to be funded in May 2009. The application deadline is March 16, 2009. The pilot projects are eligible for funding at a level of $25,000 to $35,00 a year for a one-year period. Renewal for an additional year will be considered, based on pilot project progress.

Suitable pilot projects will be small, exploratory projects with a high level of innovation. We encourage submission of projects that take advantage of existing clinical trials to analyze the immunological mechanisms underlying drug or vaccine efficacy or disease mechanism; and projects with the potential to advance utilization of developing technology for immune status assessments in man. Projects with a high potential for development into full-scale R21 or R01 projects will be given preference. Although human immunology projects are preferred, projects involving animal models highly relevant to human disease will be accepted. The expertise of the RHIC Core Lab is available to support Pilot Projects, particularly for investigators with interesting ideas from outside the field of immunology.

Proposals (maximum two pages excluding references) should include an introduction placing the project in context, a project summary, specific aims, and preliminary data if available. Also attach an NIH- format biosketch, and a brief budget (e.g. 10-20 lines). Please send proposals electronically to: Sally_Quataert@urmc.rochester.edu. If you have any questions, please contact either Dr. Sally Quataert, 273-2454 or Dr. Tim Mosmann, 275-9120.

Four to six applicants will be invited to present their proposals at Human Immunology seminars during April 2009 prior to the final selection of pilot projects for funding by the HIC External Advisors and Executive Committee. Investigators will be asked to discuss their project progress at Human Immunology Center meetings once or twice per year.


Tim Mosmann
Director and Michael and Angela Pichichero Director’s Endowed Chair

Sally Quataert
Director, Human Immunology Center Core Laboratory

David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology
Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 609
Rochester, New York 14642-8609