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Musculoskeletal Disorders Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program: November 1
October 3, 2006, Volume 53, No. 6

The Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders is accepting applications now for its Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program. Submissions should be related to musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair which is the broad focus of the Center and Grants are only eligible for Center members. Note that one of our initial Pilot Grants has just been funded extramurally as an NIH R21 thus freeing up one Pilot Grant slot in our Center. Therefore, our short “off sequence” deadline for submission is November 1, 2006 with an expected funding of one new award by December 1, 2006. Potential applicants are encouraged to send me a short e-mail, with your name, primary department, a rough title of your proposed project, a sentence or two (at most) describing the global hypothesis or objective, and a note as to which of the 3 Research Cores (Microarrays, Structure-Function Biomechanics, Small Animal Imaging) you would use. I would appreciate receiving this e-mail ASAP, (soslowsk@mail.med.upenn.edu) so I can advise and guide you on the appropriateness of your application idea within the framework of the overall Center. For more information on our Cores and Center in general, please see our website at www.med.upenn.edu/pcmd.


•  Only Center members are eligible. If you are not currently a member, please e-mail Rosalie Hughes at hughesr@mail.med.upenn.edu who can send you information on becoming a member.

•  Categories of applicants include: 1) Established investigators with a proposal to test the feasibility of a new or innovative idea in musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair representing a clear and distinct departure from their ongoing research, 2) Established investigators with no previous work in musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair interested in testing the applicability of their expertise on a problem in this area, and 3) New investigators without significant extramural grant support as a Principal Investigator to develop a new project.

•  Pilot and Feasibility Grants should use at least one of the Center’s Research Cores.

•  Pilot project awardees are eligible for up to two years of funding (budgets will be for $20-35,000 per year and timelines should be for one or two years).

• It is expected that these Pilot grants will lead to funding through other independent, extramural mechanisms. Therefore, the likelihood of future extramural funding will enter into the evaluation of these proposals.

—Louis J. Soslowsky, Director of Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders


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