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•  Pilot & Feasibility Program Overview

Application for Pilot and Feasibility Proposals

The Baltimore PKD Research and Clinical Core Center (NIH: P30 DK090868) is soliciting applications for Pilot and Feasibility Proposals.

The P & F Program provides one year of research support for eligible applicants (see eligibility criteria below) who want to explore a concept with the goal of generating data to pursue other funding mechanisms (ie NIH RO1).

The proposed project must be related to the study of Polycystic Kidney Disease. The maximum grant amount is $50,000 direct costs for the one-year grant period. No more than 10% effort (1.2 Cal months) may be used to support the principal investigator's (PI) salary and fringes. You must budget funds for travel and presentation at annual symposium in Baltimore. No funding is allowed for indirect costs.

Eligibility Check List

Please use the following check-list to make sure that you are eligible to apply.

1. At time of application, do you hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., D.V.M., Pharm.D. or equivalent doctoral degree?
If you do not have one of these degrees, then you are not eligible.

2. Are you eligible to apply for federal grants from the National Institute of Health?
If not, then you are not eligible for this grant. Check this link for eligibility: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/grant_basics.htm.

3. At the time of award activation, will you have a faculty or staff appointment or equivalent academic or research position?
If you do not have a faculty appointment or equivalent on or before July 1, 2017, you are not eligible for this grant. Post-Doctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply.

4. Have you had current or previous NIH Funding as a principal investigator of an RO1 grant or equivalent?
If you have current or previous NIH funding, is this proposed research project a new direction from your existing research? Please explain this in your application.


Application Procedure

1. Interested applicants should submit an electronic Letter of Intent by April 14, 2017.

  • Project Title
  • Statement of Eligibility
  • Specific Aims page that would be submitted for an NIH grant
  • Paragraph on future funding prospects for funding by NIDDK
  • NIH Style Biosketch
  • Other Support (include current & pending support)

These documents and any questions should be directed to Terry Watnick twatnick@som.umaryland.edu or Karleen Schuhart kaschuhart@som.umaryland.edu no later than April 14, 2017.

2. Invitations will be extended for full proposals due by June 1, 2017. Awards will commence around July 2017. Proposals should be submitted on a PHS 398 forms, according to NIH guidelines. Proposal should include the following information:

  • NIH style Biosketch (5 pages maximum)
  • NIH style other support page (no limit)
  • Cover page with an abstract of up to 250 words and Specific Aims (1 page maximum)
  • Budget Justification, $50,000 maximum, for up to two years (1 page maximum). You must budget for travel to present at the Annual PKD Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. No funding is allowed for indirect costs.
  • Research proposal, three-page maximum, including:
    • Background (suggested 1/2 page maximum)
    • Preliminary results (suggested 1/2 page maximum)
    • Research plan (suggested 2 page maximum), Must include a statement about relevance to PKD and proposed utilization of Baltimore PKD Center Cores
    • References (no limit)
Eduational Programs Pilot & Feasibility Program

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