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Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center Fiscal Year 2012 Collaborative Pilot Grant Program

February 8, 2011, Volume 57, No. 21

Call for Applications

The Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) invites proposals for the support of pilot collaborative research projects in the broad category of the neurosciences.

Project Scope

The purpose of this program is to assist Penn 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 around all Penn neuroscience related programs, 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.

Use of Grant Funds

Up to ten (10) pilot grants will be funded in FY2012, and applicants may request up to $50,000 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. Larger grants of up to $100,000 will be considered providing the science justifies the need and the project is aligned closely with the Neuroscience Strategic Plan.

Application Guidelines

At least one investigator must be a full-time faculty member in the School of Medicine, and proposals must 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. Again, there should be emphasis on the cross-disciplinary nature of the project.

The proposals must contain the following items:

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 (< 1 page) budget justification.

3. Biosketches of the co-investigators, in NIH format (<2 pages each).

4. Scientific proposal, not to exceed five single-spaced pages (<5 pages), including specific aims, background/significance, experimental design/methods and contributions of each of the co-investigators. Preliminary data may be included, 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 March 15, 2011. 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 by a committee. It is anticipated that awards will be announced on or about May 15, 2011 and that funds will be made available for July 1, 2011.

Summary of CNC Collaborative Research Pilot Program

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