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University of Rochester

Department of Public Health Sciences

Pilot Program Announcement

The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) has funds to support a limited number of Pilot Projects. The objective of the pilot project should be relevant to the mission of PHS, namely it should have a substantial component of or impact on public health sciences, practices, or policies. The focus of the pilot program is to stimulate new collaborations with PHS faculty. We are especially interested in receiving proposals that support collaborative relationships between investigators who do not have a recent history (past 3 years) of joint funding or who are looking to expand their current collaborative efforts into new directions, and for whom the pilot project would be catalytic in their effort to obtain extramural funding.

Applicants may request a maximum of $25,000 for the duration of one year. PIs must be investigators at the Assistant Professor level or higher. Priority will be given to applications proposing new multidisciplinary collaborations with PHS faculty. Funds are restricted to research expenses (including cost associated with collection of either primary or secondary data) and staff salaries, and cannot be used to support faculty salary. This pilot program does not intend to fund large equipment purchases. Initial applications should include a one-page abstract describing the goals and objectives of the proposed project, the relevance to the mission of PHS, the investigators involved, and the larger research goals for which the proposed pilot will provide preliminary data. Abstracts will be reviewed and those applicants selected to submit full applications will be contacted shortly thereafter.  The deadline for submitting initial applications is May 15, 2017.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact us to determine the relevance of their proposal, inquire about allowable cost, or for other information about the program.

Contact Deborah Ossip (deborah_ossip@urmc.rochester.edu) or Jeananne Thomas (jeananne_thomas@urmc.rochester.edu)

Please submit your abstracts to Jeananne Thomas via email to the address above.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: PILOT PROJECTS

Goal:

This pilot program is intended to provide seed funding to help investigators (Assistant Professor or higher) develop new research directions, promote new interactions with PHS investigators, and obtain preliminary data for extramural grant submissions.

Guidelines for preparing proposals:

Funds are restricted to research expenses and cannot be used to support faculty salary. The program does not intend to fund large equipment purchases. Concurrent funding of more than a single pilot award to the same investigator is not permitted. As they are developing their proposals, applicants are strongly encouraged to present at the Research Methods Forum directed by the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design function in the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The Research Methods Forum is an interactive setting where investigators present new and developing research ideas and receive feedback from potential collaborators and multidisciplinary experts in clinical research methods. For more information, please see https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/clinical-translational-science-institute/education/research-methods-forum.aspx.

Deadlines:

Preliminary proposals are typically requested in the spring. Initial applications should include a one-page abstract describing the goals and objectives of the proposed project, the relevance to the mission of PHS and the goals of the pilot program, and the investigators involved. Applicants are notified approximately 2 weeks later whether to proceed with a full proposal, which would be due approximately two months later. Awards are usually made within 6 weeks and must be expended within one year. Funds may be carried over for a second year in rare circumstances; this must be approved by the PHS department administrator.

Note: All human subject protocols must have received RSRB approval prior to funding. No funds will be released until these approvals have been documented.

Format for Proposal Submission:

The Preliminary Application must contain:

  1. Title of the project
  2. Investigators, with clear identification of PI and full contact information.
  3. Abstract describing the research proposal; and
  4. Relevance to the mission of the PHS and the pilot program.

The Full Proposal must contain the following information:

  1. Abstract
  2. Budget Page and budget justification
  3. Specific Aims (no more than 1 page)
  4. Research Plan (no more than 4 pages)
    1. Significance/Background of the proposal
    2. Relevance of the proposal to the mission of PHS and pilot program, including the larger research goals for which the proposed pilot will provide preliminary data.
    3. Research approach including potential problems and alternatives.
  5. The Specific Aims and Research Plan should be written in Times New Roman or Arial font size 11, and pages should have ½ inch margins. Figures and tables can have smaller font size but should be legible.
  6. Bibliography (no page limit, but please use 40 or fewer references)
  7. Plan to seek ethical approval.
  8. Biosketches of the PI and co-investigators in NIH format.

No appendices or letters of support will be allowed; all figures and tables must be contained within the Research Plan section of the proposal. In addition, a detailed budget in NIH format is required. Revised versions of previously submitted applications that have not been funded may be resubmitted once. Revised applications may include a 1-page maximum introductory statement responding to prior concerns.

Submission: Proposals must be submitted electronically by email to Jeananne Thomas at Jeananne_thomas@urmc.rochester.edu

Condition of Award: All awardees are required to present their findings at one of the monthly PHS faculty meetings near the end or shortly after the pilot project expires.

Contacts: If you have questions regarding this RFP, please contact:

Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D., Professor

Department of Public Health Sciences

Deborah_Ossip@URMC.Rochester.edu

Tel: 585-275-0528