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Funding for Studies in Basic Urologic Research: April 2

January 24, 2012, Volume 58, No. 19

The NIDDK-sponsored George M. O’Brien Urology Research Center in the division of urology, department of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania has funding for 2-3 Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Studies. The O’Brien Center is an inter-institutional, multidisciplinary program that focuses its research on the molecular mechanisms underlying the lower urinary tract disorders. For ongoing research projects in the George M. O’Brien Urology Research Center, visit: www.uphs.upenn.edu/surgery/Labs/Chacko/George_OBrien.html

The P&F grants are open to investigators from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions in the Philadelphia area. Grants are available for established investigators interested in directing a portion of their research effort to lower urinary tract function and dysfunction or young investigators who are interested in basic, translational or clinical urologic research. The scope of these P&F Studies are broadly defined, including proposals that address a wide range of topics in cellular/molecular biology of the epithelium in the lower urinary tract, smooth muscle development and physiology, urology and the pathogenesis of urologic diseases. Each P&F grant will be funded at a level of up to $55,000/year for personnel and supply costs but not tuition costs or equipment. 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 agencies for urologic research. 

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. The specific aims and research strategy should not exceed 5 pages.

Organization of the application:
1)  Title Page (one page; not the NIH face page) showing the title of the grant, name of the PI, affiliation, address, telephone numbers and email address, as well as an abstract of the proposed project
2)  Budget (costs for personnel and supplies, but no tuition costs, equipment or instruments)
3)  Biosketch of the PI
4)  Specific Aims
5)  Research Strategy (Significance, Innovation, Approach)
6)  Human Subjects (if applicable and protocol may be pending)
7)  Vertebrate Animals Sections (if applicable and protocol may be pending)
8)  Consultants (if applicable)
9)  Consortium Contractual Arrangements (if applicable)
10) Literature Cited 

The application should be submitted on or before April 2, 2012. The award period is from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013. The application should be approved by the applicant’s department chair. All application materials need to be submitted electronically to Dr. Samuel Chacko, director of the Urology O’Brien Center. at Samuel.Chacko@uphs.upenn.edu Specific instructions will be issued upon receipt of the letter of intent.

Almanac - January 24, 2012, Volume 58, No. 19