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Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology: Pilot Project Funding
September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) announces the availability of pilot project grants for partial support for unfunded research in environmental health or toxicology. Awards of up to $25,000 will be made. Any member of the standing faculty in the 12 professional schools at the University of Pennsylvania, or our affiliates (CHOP and Monell) will be eligible to apply for Pilot Project Grant support provided that the project is related to either environmental health or toxicology research or the community outreach and education mission of the Center. The research being proposed cannot be funded by an external funding agency. Projects that focus on the mechanisms of disease of environmental etiology, the application of molecular epidemiology and population-based studies of environmental health problems and the development of biosensors and biomarkers are particularly encouraged.

Preference will be given to first-time applicants that are junior faculty. Senior or established faculty will also be eligible to apply provided that the research they propose is unfunded and fits into the mission of the Center. Preference will be given to senior faculty who wish to embrace environmental health or toxicology research as a new direction. Applications that support collaborative research that may be used to gather pilot data for a multi-investigator award will also be considered. If funded, a progress report is required at the end of the funding period and the Center grant must be acknowledged on all publications resulting from the supported research.

The following should be submitted for the internal review by November 1:

•  Title of application;
•  Personnel information, name, position, title, and contact information; 
•  2-page NIH Biosketch;
•  An abstract;
•  A statement to indicate how this project would lead to extramural funding;
•  Specific aims,
•  Significance which must state relevance to environmental health or toxicological research;
•  Preliminary studies;
•  Methods;
•  References;
•  Budget—The budget can range from $8-$25K. Items that can be requested include salary of support personnel, supplies and minor equipment. Investigators cannot claim salary support for themselves; and
 •   List of Current and Pending grant support.

The entire application should not exceed 10 pages. Mail completed applications to: Mary Webster, Department of Pharmacology/CEET, 130D John Morgan/6084, webster@mail.med.upenn.edu.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of senior faculty and recipients will be notified by December 15.

Almanac - September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5