Pilot in Integrative Medicine

Project Award Amount up to $50,000

Description
These pilot projects are intended to support a range of research related to integrative medicine. As defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, integrative medicine "combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness."

Each pilot project will have a maximum budget of $50,000, though smaller budgets are encouraged. Note that projects related to integrative medicine with a budget of $30,000 or less may also be eligible for other RAP funding. Partial investigator salary support may be requested.

Pilot projects are for one year and not renewable. A progress report is required at the end of the funding period and one year later, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support the expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publication must directly acknowledge the funding agency.

Eligibility
UCSF faculty in any series, including adjunct and professional research series may apply, but must be affiliated with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, or sponsored by an Osher Center faculty member who is included as part of the research team. Post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to apply.

Who's Eligible:
Fellows, Post Doc, Instructors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors.

Who's Not Eligible:
Residents, Specialists.

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications
Projects will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, the significance of the proposed research for the field of integrative medicine and overall public health, the potential of the proposal to lead future NIH grant applications, and the quality and potential of the applicant and the research team.

Pilot projects that involve human subjects will require human research committee approval before funding is released.

TO APPLY:

STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form 
STEP 2) Upload your proposal PDF


Instructions for Proposal PDF

Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file

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.

Resubmissions
Definition: same research topic with an amended application or research plan rather than a new research topic and new research plan.
Requirements: Please use up to one extra page to introduce your revised proposal, addressing the issues raised in the review, and any additional changes to your proposal. A new letter from the Chair is not required if the resubmission is within 2 cycles (one skipped cycle max). You will include the old letter and state your resubmission is within 2 cycles and new letter is not required. Make sure the new changes are highlighted in bold or italic font so the reviewers can easily see where and how the proposal has changed. Do not use track changes.

1. P.I. Name(s) - Optionally, you may apply with two PIs. 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.

2. Project Title

3. 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.)
  • Mentoring Plan:
    Please describe the plan for oversight of this project by your mentor(s), including the specific role of your primary mentor named in this application.
  • Literature cited (not included in page limit)

4.  Detailed Budget($50,000 maximum per proposal) 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. SRA; 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% of the budget, anything over 10% must be well justified. Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute that 10% salary support among them (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

5. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs.

6. NIH Bio-sketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) and UCSF Faculty Mentor(s) (5 page maximum): Use Form  (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_biosketchsample_VerC.docx) 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.

7. 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.

8. Letter from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine acknowledging that the PI is affiliated with the Osher Center or sponsored by an Osher Center faculty member. This letter should come from either Dr. Margaret Chesney, Director of the Osher Center, or from Dr. Rick Hecht, Director of the Osher Center Research Program. Include this letter at the end of your pdf proposal and address it to the RAP Executive Committee. In the case of multiple PIs only one of the PIs would need to obtain this letter.