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Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Fiscal Year 2007 Collaborative Pilot Grant Program: Call for Applications
September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5

The Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) invites proposals from full-time faculty for the support of pilot collaborative research projects that involve co-investigators from two or more departments in the School of Medicine (SOM), or from one SOM department and one in another school at Penn. The purpose of this program is to assist Penn neuroscience faculty in generating preliminary data, that may serve as the basis for seeking longer-term funding from federal, foundation or corporate sources. A major goal of the CNC is to promote integrated basic, translational and clinical research efforts, and so we particularly welcome applications that bring together basic and clinical research collaborators. Applicants must explain how the different expertise of the co-investigators will contribute to the overall goals of the project.

Up to five one-year pilot grants will be funded in FY2007, and applicants may request up to $80,000 in direct costs. Funds may be used for personnel (including up to 10% of PI salary), supplies or equipment. Unexpended funds may be carried over to the next fiscal year.

Applications should include:

1. Face page with grant title, and names, departmental affiliations and contact information of the co-investigators.

2. Budget in NIH format, with a brief (less than one page) budget justification.

3. Biosketches of the co-investigators, in NIH format.

4. Scientific proposal, not to exceed five single-spaced pages, including specific aims, background/significance, experimental design/methods and contributions of each of the co-investigators. Preliminary data may be included (within the five page limit), but are not required. Literature cited and IACUC or IRB information (where applicable) are not included in the five page limit; regulatory approvals may be pending.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 31, 2006. They should be submitted as PDF file attachments to: Rosellen Taraborrelli, CNC Executive Director, at: taraborr@mail.med.upenn.edu.  Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of both scientific merit and program relevance. It is anticipated that awards will be announced on or about December 1, 2006, and that funds will be made available immediately thereafter.

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