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Pilot Grants: Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center
with the Institute for Medicine and Engineering: February 4
November 13, 2007, Volume 54, No. 12

The University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging (IOA) will fund eight one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants in the 2008-2009 academic year to support biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral or health services research as well as basic science, clinical or psychosocial research on aging and aging-related diseases. Four will be funded by the School of Medicine and four are funded through a generous matching grant from The Bingham Trust.

In addition, Penn’s Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) will fund one pilot grant to pursue basic or clinical research on biomedical, epidemiological or behavioral aspects of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related neurodegenerative disorders. In a continuing partnership between the ADCC and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME), another pilot grant will be funded to support research on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis or management of AD or related conditions that bridges medicine and engineering.

These ten (10) pilots may be led by a member of the University of Pennsylvania full-time faculty from any of its 12 schools. Each pilot will be funded at a level of up to $50,000/year for personnel and supply costs, but not equipment or instruments. (Note that due to matching requirements, it is encouraged that budgets equal $50,000 exactly.) The purpose of these one-year, non-renewable grants is to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data to serve as the basis of a grant application to the NIH or other public or private agencies concerned with aging or AD or related neurodegenerative disorders.

A committee of IOA, ADCC and IME members will review all proposals. Funding depends on scientific merit, and the likelihood that the pilots will lead to independent funding to continue the research beyond the pilot studies. Principal Investigators must be full-time faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and collaboration with other departments is strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to:

• Faculty in the early stages of their career who seek to enter research fields on aging or AD and related neurodegenerative disorders;

• Senior faculty who intend to shift their research emphasis towards aging or AD and related disorders.

Application Process:

Applications should be formatted basically in the style of an NIH PHS 398 application. However, a title page should be substituted for the NIH face page. Applications should be limited to 5 pages (exclusive of title page, budget, biosketches, letters of collaboration, literature cited, etc. as in PHS 398). Animal and/or IRB protocols may be pending. Suggested organization is:

1) Title Page (not the NIH face page) showing the title of grant, name of PI, affiliation, address, telephone numbers and email address

2) Budget (costs for personnel, supplies, but no equipment or instruments)

3) Biosketch

4) Specific Aims

5) Background and Significance

6) Preliminary Studies

7) Experimental Design & Methods

8) Human Subjects (if applicable and protocol may be pending)

9) Vertebrate Animals Sections (if applicable and protocol may be pending)

10) Consultants (if applicable)

11) Consortium Contractual Arrangements (if applicable)

12) Literature Cited

13) Certification of Patient Oriented Research (if applicable)

It is obligatory that IOA Pilot Awardees provide an interim progress report in the spring (financial and narrative). All Pilot Awardees must provide a final financial and narrative report at the end of the pilot year. In addition IOA Pilot Awardees must present their pilot data at an IOA retreat.

For more information, contact Kathryn Jedrziewski, deputy director, Institute on Aging (IOA), www.uphs.upenn.edu/aging/ at (215) 898-2445 or e-mail: jedrzmk@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Applications Due: February 4, 2008; anticipated date of award July 1, 2008.

Submit one hardcopy original and an electronic PDF file (via e-mail) to: Kathryn Jedrziewski, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, jedrzmk@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Note: If anyone encounters difficulties with the online submission, please contact Kathryn Jedrziewski at the number listed above.


Almanac - November 13, 2007, Volume 54, No. 12