Funding Opportunities

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

FY 2015 INTRAMURAL GRANTS


PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Monday, December 8, 2014, 5:00 PM

The Division of Research & Innovation is pleased to announce a call for applications
for the FY 2015 funding cycle.

Announcement Date: Friday, October 17, 2014

Project Start Date and Award Period: March 1, 2015; 18 months

Award Notification:
By Monday, March 2, 2015 (faculty pilot, bridge and UAEM grants)

By Monday, December 22, 2014 (doctoral student bridge grants)

Applications Due: Monday, December 8, 2014, 5:00 PM

Grant Programs

Per Grant Allowable

First Funding Opportunity Announcement Date

Submission Deadline

Award Announcement Date

Pilot Research Grant

$20,000

October 17, 2014

December 8, 2014

March 2, 2015

Faculty Research Bridge Grant

$20,000

October 17, 2014

December 8, 2014

March 2, 2015

Doctoral Student Bridge Grant

$5,000

October 17, 2014

December 8, 2014

December 22, 2014

Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM)/UNTHSC Joint Grant

$25,000

October 17, 2014

December 8, 2014

March 2, 2015

UNTHSC/UTSW Health Disparities Pilot Research Grant

$25,000 or TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Texas Medical Research Collaborative (TexasMRC)

$100,000

TBD

TBD

TBDs

Purpose:

The UNTHSC Intramural Grant Program is designed to advance and accelerate the research programs of UNTHSC faculty members and doctoral students. These intramural grants support pilot studies, data collection, data analyses and other research activities that will likely result in extramural grant support, enable the development of external partnerships, and/or enhance the commercial potential of UNT Health Science Center discoveries.

Program Scope:

The total amount of funds available in the current fiscal year for this intramural grant program is estimated to be up to approximately $600,000. The final number of grants funded will ultimately depend on the quality of applications received. For this current call for applications, research projects can be submitted within one of the following four program categories:

  1. Faculty Research Pilot Grants
    The purpose of the pilot grant program is to support the exploration and launch of innovative new research projects by faculty investigators at the UNT Health Science Center. The main intent of a Pilot Research Grant is to fund the collection of preliminary data that will lead to a competitive extramural grant application to a federal agency, a non-profit organization, or a commercial entity. While investigators at any faculty rank may apply, a portion of these funds will be prioritized to fund junior faculty investigators. Funds up to $20,000 per project may be requested pursuant to program guidelines found here.

  2. Faculty Research Bridge Grants
    Faculty bridge funding is intended to provide temporary support to continue operations of research laboratories whose extramural funding has recently ended. The eligibility falls into one of two categories. Category 1: A faculty member has submitted a competitive renewal application that received a percentile priority score of 50% or less with at least one resubmission opportunity available. Category 2: A faculty member has an extramural grant that recently ended and a new extramural grant starting, but only after some gap period. This grant does not provide faculty salary support, but rather provides funds to operate the research program: supplies, reagents, animal costs, technician and grad student salaries, etc. Funds up to $40,000 (this amount includes a 1:1 match from department chair, dean and/or institute director) may be submitted pursuant to program policy guidelines found here.

    NOTE: A separate program administered by the Office of the Provost provides bridge funding for faculty salary support. Please consult the Office of the Provost for further information about faculty salary bridge funding.

  3. Doctoral Student Bridge Grants

    Doctoral bridge funding is intended to provide temporary research funding support to doctoral students who are close to completing the degree, but the laboratory's funding has lapsed. These grants are intended to bridge doctoral research projects to enable students to complete the research requirements for the degree program. The funds are not for doctoral stipends, but rather for supplies, animal costs, reagents and/or other well-justified costs necessary for the completion of doctoral research. Funds up to $5,000 can be requested in a given cycle pursuant to program guidelines found here. There will be two RFAs per year for Doctoral Student Bridge Grant Applications. One in the fall and another in the spring.

  4. Joint UAEM-UNTHSC Faculty Research Pilot Grants
    The Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) and UNTHSC administer a joint pilot funding program designed to encourage collaboration in scientific research, technological development, and/or creative projects that include the academic exchange of scholars and graduate students from both institutions. The term "home institution" refers to the university at which a scholar is employed or at which a student is seeking a degree. The term "host institution" will refer to the university that a scholar or student is visiting. Faculty who received an award from this program in previous years are not eligible to apply. Grants up to $25,000 (UNTHSC portion is $25,000) will be awarded pursuant to program policy guidelines found here.

Other joint/intramural funding opportunities that will be announced at a later date:

Texas Medical Research Collaborative (TxMRC)
The University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas and The University of North Texas Health Science Center, together with Texas Instruments and the Texas Health Research & Education Institute joined forces several years ago to create the Texas Medical Research Collaborative to fund early-stage research to develop medical technologies in critical healthcare areas. The TxMRC Grant Program is intended to provide internal funding that would be matched with the TxMRC Proof of Concept Gift Fund in order to conduct applied medical technology research. Proposed research programs should be in areas of interest to these institutions and suitable for sustained external funding (federal, state, private, etc.).

Joint UNTHSC/UTSW Health Disparities Pilot Research Grants
This is a new program with an expected call for applications in late 2014 or early 2015. These awards are intended to fund new collaborative research projects that address various issues in health disparities. It is a collaborative effort between the Texas Center for Health Disparities, the UNTHSC Division of Research & Innovation and the Center for Translational Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The program is intended to foster collaboration between investigators at UNTHSC and UT Southwestern and lead to extramural grants.

Translational Pilot Funding, Center for Translational Medicine, UT Southwestern
As an institutional partner in the Center for Translational Medicine at UTSW, UNTHSC has access to the core resources and pilot grant programs offered by the CTM. Faculty members may apply for one of two types of pilot funding: (1) Translational Pilot Grants and (2) Service Package Awards. Two UNTHSC faculty members successfully competed for these funds in the prior round in 2014. This program is administered through the CTM, and more information is available on the UNTHSC Research website under "Funding Opportunities".

Grant Advisors

A new feature of this year's intramural grant program is the Grant Advisor: an experienced investigator that works with the pilot-funded PI to craft specific aims that are competitive for extramural funding. Once a PI is awarded an intramural Faculty Research Pilot Grant (category 1 above), he/she will be required, as a condition of funding, to recruit one experienced research scientist with study section/review panel experience to serve as their Grant Advisor. During the course of the intramural pilot project, the Grant Advisor will meet periodically with the PI to gauge progress and help steer the project toward a competitive extramural application. If the pilot project leads to extramural funding, an incentive payment will be made to the Grant Advisor by depositing funds in his/her F&A account.

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria:

Each proposal submitted to the Faculty Research Pilot Grant, Faculty Research Bridge Grant and the UAEM-UNTHSC Faculty Research Pilot Grant Programs will be evaluated using a three-stage process including administrative, scientific, and council review. Two scientific review panels (Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science Panel and Clinical-Community-Population Health Panel) will be comprised of UNTHSC faculty members. Reviewers involved in any of the submitted proposals, or members with any real or perceived conflict-of-interest will recuse themselves from discussion of that proposal. Members of the review panels are appointed by the VP for Research & Innovation.

Eligibility and Limitations:

Any full-time UNT Health Science Center faculty member is eligible to submit a grant proposal to the appropriate program. Proposals are restricted to providing research support at UNTHSC, except where collaborative arrangements are well justified. Use of these funds for faculty salaries is not permitted. Proposals should be submitted by the Lead PI listing the other investigators as Co-investigators. Applications for all individual programs require a cover page and budget, using the templates found at the links below.

Cover Page

Budget Template

Submission:

Proposals must be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format. The Principal Investigator should email the proposal to Aurelio.Rodriguez@unthsc.edu by the application deadline of 5:00 PM on Monday, December 8, 2014. An email confirming receipt of the proposal will be sent to the submitting PI.

For  more information,  contact:
Aurelio Rodriguez
Research Funding Development Manager
Office: CBH-207
Phone: 817-735-7649
Aurelio.Rodriguez@unthsc.edu



NHLBI

Funding and Research Opportunities

The following funding opportunity announcements from the NHLBI or other components of the National Institutes of Health, might be of interest:

NIH Guide Notices:

  • Notice of Availability of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Updated Address for Paper-Based Submissions for PA-14-320
    (NOT-OD-14-132) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Notice to Emphasize the Requirement for Additional Educational Information under PA-14-150 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NSRA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (F30)"
    (NOT-OD-14-133) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Notice to Emphasize the Requirement for Additional Educational Information under PA-14-147 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31)"
    (NOT-OD-14-134) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Notice to Emphasize the Requirement for Additional Educational Information under PA-14-148 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)"
    (NOT-OD-14-135) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Notice to Discontinue the Requirement for Additional Educational Information under PA-14-149 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32)"
    (NOT-OD-14-137) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Review of Grants Information for Fiscal Year 2014
    (NOT-OD-14-138) Office of the Director, NIH
  • Notice Announcing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for RFA-AR-15-002 "Senator Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Centers (U54)"
    (NOT-AR-15-006)
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Testing of Multi-Level Interventions to Improve Blood Pressure Control in Racial/Ethnic Minority, Low Socioeconomic Status, and/or Rural Populations (UH2/UH3)
    (NOT-HL-14-238)
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Notice of Information on High-Priority Research Areas to Understand and Reduce Mental Health Disparities
    (NOT-MH-14-033)
    National Institute of Mental Health

Requests for Applications:

  • Nuclear Organization and Function Interdisciplinary Consortium (NOFIC)(U54)
    (RFA-RM-14-006)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 16, 2014
  • Nucleomics Tools (U01)
    (RFA-RM-14-007)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 02, 2015
  • Study of Nuclear Bodies and Compartments (U01)
    (RFA-RM-14-008)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 02, 2015
  • 4D Nucleome Imaging Tools (U01)
    (RFA-RM-14-009)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): February 02, 2015
  • 4D Nucleome Network Organizational Hub (U01)
    (RFA-RM-14-010)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Cancer Institute
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 16, 2014
  • 4D Nucleome Network Data Coordination and Integration Center (U01)
    (RFA-RM-14-011)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Cancer Institute
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 16, 2014
  • Model Organisms Screening Center for the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) (U54)
    (RFA-RM-14-016)
    NIH Roadmap Initiatives
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
    Application Receipt Date(s): December 16, 2014

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