The Integrative Neuroscience COBRE invites applications for pilot projects focused on research within a substantive area of Neuroscience, broadly defined. Applicants may request between $50,000 and $100,000 in direct costs, and project should be aimed at acquiring preliminary data in support of NIH or comparable grant applications and for publication in peer reviewed journals. Preference will be given to junior faculty and projects that utilize the resources of the COBRE Neuroimaging Core and /or Special Populations Database Core, and it is expected that applications for future extramural funding will include usage of the Cores as a central component of the planned research. Investigators must meet the eligibility criteria for COBRE junior investigators (see below).
Submitted applications will be reviewed by members of the COBRE Internal and External Advisory Committees, with final decisions contingent on availability of funds and NIH approval of the projects. The COBRE anticipates funding two to four pilot projects in the next fiscal year.
The pilot program funds may be renewable; however, continuation of the funding after the first year is contingent upon success in meeting project goals, clear effort toward submitting and publishing manuscripts, and the feasibility that the research project will develop into a fundable extramural application. Researchers will be required to submit a progress report prior to the end of the first year outlining progress made to date, any manuscripts published, in press, or under review, and how the data acquired will contribute to an NIH or comparable application. Progress reports will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the COBRE's internal and external advisory committees.
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for Junior Investigators on the Neuroscience COBRE (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-286.html). This includes:
Current or previous recipients of COBRE project support are not eligible to apply and may not serve as collaborators on the projects. Pilot projects cannot overlap with or be used to support the specific aims of currently funded research projects. If a pilot grant is being requested to strengthen an unfunded grant submission, the specific aims of this grant must be included in the pilot grant application.
Applicants should submit the proposal electronically as a single PDF file that includes:
The PHS 398 forms can be downloaded from http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html.
Conditions of Award
Awardees will be required to sign a memorandum of agreement as a condition of the allocation of funds for their research project. This memorandum notes that recipients are expected to:
Applications must be submitted by email to Michael Webster, Director, Integrative Neuroscience COBRE at email@example.com by June 15, 2014. The earliest anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.