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DRC Pilot and Feasibility Grants

October 11, 2011, Volume 58, No. 07

The Diabetes Research Center (DRC) of the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for support to perform pilot and feasibility studies in diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic disorders.

The Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) program is particularly directed at new investigators and established investigators new to diabetes research. Established diabetes investigators pursing high impact/high risk projects or projects that are a significant departure from their usual work are also eligible for support under the DRC P&F program. Applications are welcome from basic, clinical and translational investigators.

If human subjects will be participating in the proposed research, it will be necessary to submit an IRB approval letter. If animal research is being proposed, a copy of the IACUC approval letter is required. Approval may be pending at the time of application but funds will not be disbursed without these approval letters. Equipment, travel funds, and investigator salary are not permitted on this award.

Grants will be reviewed by the DRC P&F Review Committee and internal and external reviewers. Funding level maximum is $50,000. Current Award period: April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.

Investigators who are currently in the first year of support through this program may reapply for an additional year of funding. Such continuation requests need to be carefully justified, and will be considered as a competing renewal application.  

Application Deadline: December 5, 2011.

For information and application instructions see www.med.upenn.edu/idom/derc/pilots.html

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