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The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Pilot Program for 2021

The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience (Del Monte) will have their next RFA released in early 2021 for a July 1, 2021 start date. 

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).

Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Research Pilot and Feasibility Program

The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience Research Pilot and Feasibility Program support supports pilot and feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for basic science and translational and clinical projects that advance our understanding of both normal and abnormal brain functioning.

Friends of the Del Monte Funds

Friends of the Del Monte Funds support pilot and feasibility awards (up to $50,000 per award) for novel basic, clinical and translational projects in the neurosciences limited to Assistant Professors and Research Assistant Professors.

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.

Applications are now currently closed.

Users MUST connect to University VPN to access the application from remote locations.

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, DMINRPFP or FDMF 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(s) you are applying for: SPIN, MF, RCADR, DMINRPFP or FDMF.
  • 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 extended to 5:00 pm on Monday, April 26th, 2020. 

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) is March 19th, 2020.

Recommended browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer.  Safari is not compatible with the application form.

Applications are now currently closed.

Users MUST connect to University VPN to access the application from remote locations.

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, 2021. Funds are available for a maximum of a one-year term.