Pilot & Feasibility Funds
The Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center (DDC) announces the availability of grant funds to support pilot/feasibility (P/F) projects in the area of GI-related research. These funds will support projects related to the theme for the DDC - GI infection and injury. GI is defined as the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas. Injury is defined as drug, genetic, ischemic, inflammatory, surgical, nutritional, or stress-induced injury to the gastrointestinal tract. Injury also includes gastrointestinal adaptation and stem cells. Projects should relate to this theme. Awards will be for ~ $15,000 to $35,000 for a period of one year (earliest start date is January 15, 2014). A committee composed of the DDC Internal Advisory Board, plus ad hoc members, will evaluate proposals.
These projects may support:
- New investigators without current or past NIH research support who are seeking to obtain preliminary data to establish a research program in GI-research.
- Established, funded investigators with no previous work in digestive-disease related areas but who wish to test the applicability of their expertise to a digestive disease-related problem.
- Established investigators in digestive diseases or digestive disease-related areas who wish to test the feasibility of a new or innovative idea, which constitutes a significant departure from their funded research and initiates a new collaboration with another researcher in digestive diseases.
Trainees who are recipients of an NRSA individual award (F32) or are supported by an training grant (K08, K22, T32) are eligible for P/F funds, if they are in their last year of training, have had had at least one year of research laboratory experience, and have suitable expertise and independence to design and carry out the planned experiments. Trainees should have a mentoring plan and a commitment from a senior scientist to sponsor their projects. Trainee applicants must be United States citizens or possess a permanent resident visa.
Specific information and application guidelines can be obtained from Sara Tristan, DDC Administrative Office, BCM 7200 Cambridge Street, Suite A10.174, Phone: 713-798-2236, Fax: 713-798-0951 . E-MAIL:email@example.com , or download Pilot and Feasibility Instructions 2015.
Please credit the "NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, Center Grant P30 DK56338" in publications resulting from core usage or pilot funds.
All persons interested in submitting an application should first submit a Notice of Intent with a tentative application title, the name of the PI and any co-PIs, and their affiliations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 24, 2014.
Applications are Due Friday November 21, 2014