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Center for Integration of Genetics and Healthcare Technology Pilot Grants: July 1
May 13, 2008, Volume 54, No. 33

The Penn Center for Integration of Genetics and Healthcare Technology (Penn CIGHT) will fund two, one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants beginning in September, 2008 to support research on the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genetics and genomics. The Penn CIGHT is a multidisciplinary, NIH-funded research center focused on studying ELSI-related aspects of new genetic technologies as they are applied in the clinic. Penn CIGHT focuses especially on the uncertainties associated with the clinical applications of new genetic technologies.

The pilot projects 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 for faculty salaries, equipment or instruments. These grants will be renewable for one year, after formal review, if sufficient progress is being made to suggest a high likelihood of independent funding.

A committee of Penn CIGHT members will review all proposals. Funding depends on originality, scientific merit and the likelihood that the pilots will lead to continued funding and publishable data. Principal Investigators (PI) must be full-time faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and are encouraged to collaborate with other Penn faculty outside the PI’s area of expertise. Priority will be given to multidisciplinary projects that focus on uncertainty. Priority also will be given to faculty early in their career, or to more senior faculty who intend to shift or expand the emphasis of their research.

Application Process:

Applications should be organized as follows:  

1)   Title page showing the title of grant, name of PI, affiliation, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address

2)   Budget and budget justification (costs for personnel, supplies, but not faculty salaries, equipment or instruments)

3)   Biosketches of faculty (NIH format, including current and pending extramural support)

4)   Specific aims

5)   Background and significance

6)   Preliminary Studies, if any

7)   Experimental Design & Methods

8)   Human subjects (if applicable; use NIH format; IRB approval may be pending)

9)   Consultants (if applicable)

10)  Literature cited

11)  Certification of Patient Oriented Research for all participants (if applicable)

Sections 4-7 should not exceed five pages (1-inch margins, single-spaced, Times-Roman 12-point font) Penn CIGHT pilot awardees are required to provide a progress report at the end of the funding year. For more information, contact Dr. Reed E. Pyeritz, at reed.pyeritz@uphs.upenn.edu.

Applications must be received by July 1, 2008, and pilots will be awarded in September, 2008.

Submit one hard copy original and an electronic file (by e-mail) to: Cara Zayac, Penn CIGHT, 527 Maloney, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, cara.zayac@uphs.upenn.edu.



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