Pilot for Established Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences

Project Award Amount $30,000

$37,500 if funded by the Cancer Center-Cancer Center Support Grant (CC-CCSG)

Description
These pilot projects are intended to support a wide range of biomedical research, including fundamental basic science, clinical/translational science, health policy and social science, and population science.

Pilot projects are for one year and not renewable. (Some funding agencies allow for no-cost extensions. This will be clarified in the Award Letter.) Pilot research should collect data for publications and to acquire successful subsequent funding by other mechanisms. All funding agencies require progress reports if an award is received. The number and timing of those reports varies between the agencies. Detailed information about this will appear in the respective funding agencies' Award Letter.

Eligibility

Who's Eligible:
Faculty at the Associate Professor level or higher in all series can apply. To be funded by the Cancer Center-CCSG, applicants must be Cancer Center Members or Associate Members. If the proposal has multiple PIs, both PI1 and PI2 need to meet the eligibility criteria listed above for this grant mechanism.

Who's Not Eligible: Specialists are not eligible.

More on individual funding agencies

Cancer Center-CCSG (funded by the NCI P30 award) provides seed funding to encourage innovative cancer-related research in a wide range of research areas, including basic science, clinical and translational science, health policy and social science, and population sciences. Priority is given to translational science and to areas that are generally under-represented, such as population sciences. This program supports novel cancer research initiatives which are not currently funded by research grants and which may ultimately lead to new ways of preventing, detecting or treating cancer. Emphasis is placed on innovative projects, and applicants must be a Cancer Center Member or Associate Member.

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications
Projects will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, the potential of the proposal to lead to a fully funded independent research grant, and the quality and potential of the applicant and the research team. Consideration will also be given to documented need for the funds based on review of investigator's bio-sketch and other relevant information.

 

Instructions

Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below:

Proposal Length: Maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding table of contents and literature cited.
Format Requirements:  Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; no appendices; include page numbers and table of contents.

Please create one single PDF file including all of the following information:

  1. Grant Mechanism
  2. P.I. Name(s) - Optionally, you may apply with two PIs. If choosing that option, include all information for both PIs (PI1 and PI2); if funded, PI1 will be the primary contact for the award set up and management. If the proposal has multiple PIs, both PI1 and PI2 need to meet the eligibility criteria listed for this grant mechanism.
  • Title
  • Department/Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Phone
  1. PI 1 (contact PI) Grant Administrator (Indicate a post-award financial analyst in your Dept. that will help you manage this grant and be our main contact if you are awarded)
  • Name and Title
  • Department/Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Phone
  1. Specify if you have been funded as a PI or as a co-investigator in the past 5 years by any of the following UCSF agencies: List titles of grants in detail. Include enough information to allow RAP to understand their content. Specify dollar amounts awarded and source of funds.
  1. Project Title
  2. Amount Requested: $
  3. Abstract (one paragraph only, max 300 words)
  4. Proposal (maximum 6 pages, including figures and tables, excluding literature cited)
  • Aims
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary studies
  • Experimental Design and Methods (include time-table)
  • Explain how this pilot project is important for your career goals (e.g., lead to major funding, etc.)
  • Literature cited (not included in page limit)
  1. Co-Investigator(s) (max five)
  • Title
  • Department/Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Phone
  1. Human Subjects.  Indicate if Human Subjects will be used or not. Supply the following:
  • CHR (IRB) date of approval
  • CHR (IRB) approval number
  • Specify if pending
  1. Human Stem Cells.  Indicate if Human Stem Cell will be used or not. Supply the following:
  • GESCR date of approval
  • GESCR approval number
  • Specify if pending
  1. Animal Subjects.  Indicate if Animal Subjects will be used or not. Supply the following:
  • IACUC date of approval
  • IACUC approval number
  • Specify if pending
  1. Budget ($30,000 maximum per proposal)
    ($37,500 if funded by the CC-CCSG) Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html    Add the network recharge rates to your budget.

 

Allowable

Not Allowable

PI Salary *

X

 

Post Doc Salary

X

 

Administrative Support

 

X

Supplies

X

 

Equipment

X

 

Software

X

 

Personal Computers

 

X

Mailing

 

X

Tuition

 

X

Travel

 

X

Research Staff Support (e.g. RSA; Lab. Technician)

X

 

Patient Care

 

X

International Subcontracts

 

X (SOS)

Indirect costs on subcontracts

 

X (SOS)

*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests. Generally PI partial salary support should not exceed 10%. Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute that 10% salary support among them (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

Note: Administrative support, mail, travel, and personal computer purchase must be required specifically by the research project proposed, and must be clearly justified

  1. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs.
  2. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) (4 page maximum): Use Form "PHS 398/2590" from the NIH grant applications (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketch.doc) with other support pages. Include active, pending, and planned proposals. Include percent effort, total direct costs (current year) and potential overlap with the current proposal. Include bio-sketch for both PIs of a multi-PI application.
  3. Letter(s) of support: Provide a letter of support from the department chair or other unit head. In addition, for junior investigators, department chairs/unit heads should comment on the independence of the applicant and availability of research space and other resources for the proposed research. Include the letter of support at the end of your PDF proposal and address it to the RAP Committee. If there are multiple (two) PIs, a letter of support is required for both PIs. If PIs are in the same department, the chair can vouch for both PIs in a single letter.  VIEW SAMPLE

Fill out the electronic application form and upload your proposal PDF