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University of Pennsylvania Global Health Partnership Program: December 15

November 1, 2011, Volume 58, No. 10

Overview: This mechanism supports research in areas of shared interest between faculty members at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) www.upch.edu.pe/ and the University of Pennsylvania www.upenn.edu/. Funds are to support pilot research that will lead to health-related extramural research funding proposals with a high probability of success.

Grant Term: Up to 1 year. Unexpended funds must be returned at the end of the funding period.

Budget: Applications for funds up to $20,000 in total costs (direct and indirect) will be considered. Funds may be spent at UPCH, Penn, or a combination of both.

Eligibility: Research teams must include at least one faculty member at the assistant professor rank or above from each site (UPCH and Penn). Faculty members interested in collaborating with the partner university but without an identified collaborator may contact Sean Hennessy at hennessy@upenn.edu with sufficient lead time to identify a collaborator and prepare the application. 

Evaluation criteria:

•   scientific merit, creativity, and innovation

•   public health significance

•   feasibility

•   prospects for future extramural funding

•   career development for both UPCH and Penn investigators

•   advancement of the partnership between UPCH and Penn

Instructions: Research proposal should be written in English, be no longer than three pages (not including budget), and include: title of the proposal, specific aims, background and significance, research design and methods, whether the study involves human subjects (as defined by Office for Human Research Protections of the US Department of Health and Human Services), and plans for future external funding (including funding agency, funding mechanism, and deadline). Please write the proposal so that it can be understood by an educated non-expert in the field. 

In addition to the proposal, please include: 1) a four-page NIH biosketch (preferred) or curriculum vitae (CV) for key personnel; and 2) an itemized budget, indicating which expenditures will be at UPCH and which will be at Penn. No budget justification is required at the initial application stage. No indirect costs will be available for funds administered at Penn. Indirect costs of up to 10% will be available for funds administered by UPCH; these indirect costs must be included in the $20,000 cap. Salary support for faculty is not allowable. Use 12 point font, single spaced, and 1 inch margins.

Submission: Please send the application as follows: Email by December 15, 2011 as a single PDF including application, budget, and biosketches/CVs to hennessy@upenn.edu. The name of the PDF should be the last name of the principal investigator. Applications must be received by midnight of the deadline.

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