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The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Pilot Program for 2020

The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience (Del Monte) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 21 pilot project awards (maximum budget of $50,000 per award) to support novel basic, clinical and translational projects in the neurosciences. These awards will be supported under five programs for 2020 and are open to all faculty members across both the Medical School and the Undergraduate Campus.  Funds available for this year’s program are $810,000.  Del Monte supports the following programs:

The Schmitt Program in Integrative Neuroscience

The Schmitt Program in Integrative Neuroscience (SPIN) supports pilot and feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for basic science and translational projects that advance our understanding of both normal and abnormal brain functioning (4-5 awards available).

The Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation

The Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation (MF) offers pilot and feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for basic, clinical and translational projects that specifically support research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (2 awards available).

Rochester Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research

The Rochester Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research (RCADR), supports pilot and feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for basic science and translational projects that advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Funds for one award are generously donated by the Feinberg Family Fund.  An additional donation from the Sally J. States Pilot Fund in Alzheimer’s Research will partially support an additional pilot (4 awards available).

Center for Health + Technology Clinical Neuroscience Pilot Program

Center for Health + Technology Clinical Neuroscience Pilot Program (CHET) offers pilot and feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for clinical research projects leveraging novel digital technologies that advance our understanding of areas of unmet need in clinical neuroscience (4 awards available).

University of Rochester Center for Advanced Brain Imaging and Neurophysiology

University of Rochester Center for Advanced Brain Imaging and Neurophysiology (UR CABIN) offers pilot and feasibility funds (up to $10,000 per award) to support innovative, investigator-initiated basic and clinical neuroscience research using the PRISMA 3T magnet (up to 6 awards available).

For more information on the above awards, download the RFA.

Application Process

The programs support research in the neurosciences. Applications may request up to $50,000 (funds depend on the specific program). Principal investigators must be faculty members (with or without tenure) within the neuroscience community at the University of Rochester. PIs must also be members of the Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience.  A short application is available on the Del Monte website or by clicking here.

Applications will be submitted online, with a short informational online page and a single pdf application file.

Online Portion:

  • Title, submitting PI information, co-PI information
  • List of major collaborators (past 3 years)
  • Technical abstract (300 words): This will be used to assign reviewers, and should include overall goal, specific aims, and techniques used.
  • Lay abstract (300 words): this will be used to convey information to the public, and should be easily understandable to the non-scientist.  This will be public, and so should not contain proprietary information.

Written Portion:

The written application is modeled after a short NIH research proposal (e.g. R03, R21), and should include:

  • Cover letter with title, investigators, and description that indicates how the SPIN, MF, RCADR, CHET or UR CABIN mechanism would extend research objectives that will lead to a competitive extramural grant application [one page limit]. You may indicate more than one choice if relevant.
  • Select which program you are applying for: SPIN, MF, RCADR, CHET or UR CABIN.
  • Research description (limited to 6 pages) including Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies, Research Design and Methods.
  • Supporting materials (Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, and Literature Cited) can follow on additional pages.
  • Budget (detailed, not modular) with justification (faculty salary support is specifically excluded).
  • Bio-sketches of all Co-Investigators and key personnel.
  • Other Support
  • Resources and Environment

Review criteria will include but are not limited to:

  • The likelihood of a subsequently successful application for extramural support (e.g. new NIH RO1).
  • The significance and innovation of the proposed project.
  • The relevance of the project to the strategic plan of the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience.
  • Where relevant, the interdisciplinary/collaborative character of the project (across faculty and laboratories).

Reporting - Following receipt of an award, investigators will be contacted to update their reported data annually for five years.

Application Submission Deadlines

The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, May 1st, 2020. 
Applications will be submitted online at www.DMINPilot.urmc.edu
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) is March 1, 2020.   

Address all questions about applications to: Ian_Dickerson@urmc.rochester.edu

An internal review committee will work with a panel of independent external reviewers to determine the most competitive projects for support.  The Program is administered through the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience.

Funding is scheduled to begin July 1, 2020. Funds are available for a maximum of a one-year term.