Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) Incubator ProgramSMD

As a companion to the CTSI Incubator Program the SMD Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) sponsors a “superpilot” award with a maximum funding level of $125,000 per year for each of two years. The purpose of the SAC Incubator Program is to foster the establishment of extramurally-funded, nationally-recognized centers of excellence in biomedical research with the potential to generate new strategic directions for the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University.



Two or more sub-projects linked by a scientific theme will be required, with faculty PIs for each project, and identification of the overall Incubator Project leader. The proposal should explain how combination of multiple subprojects is expected to generate “added value” and may lead to the establishment of a sustained innovative research direction.

At least one of the PIs must be a tenure-track faculty member with a primary appointment at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, since this pilot program is being funded by the SMD. All principal investigators of proposals must be tenure-track faculty at the University of
Rochester, and must have written consent of their Department Chair and/or Center Director. Each faculty member can participate in only one application in any capacity, with the exception of faculty who participate in a proposal as methodological experts only (e.g. biostatisticians or core lab staff) who may participate in more than one application. Funds may not be used for investigators outside the UR.

Submitting a Proposal

Each SAC Incubator proposal must involve a team of two or more co-principal investigators. Faculty from all UR schools are eligible to apply. Online submission: Proposals must be submitted electronically to Wendy Keck via email. Abstracts are due on November 3rd, 2014 by 5:00 pm.

Request for Applications

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