What: Pilot grants for up to $50,000
For: To support innovative projects focused on the genome and/or the microbiome
Who: UB faculty
Due: 5 PM, May 19
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
GEM seeks innovative proposals that will lead to funded research to:
(a) advance our mechanistic understanding of the function and/or regulation of the genome or genomic elements
(b) advance our mechanistic understanding of components of and interactions among microbiome communities or of the role of the microbiome in health outcomes
(c) expand our understanding of functional interactions between microbiome communities and host genomes. This may include interactions with the human genome.
Our goal is to build a vibrant research Community, in part, by funding innovative research from interdisciplinary, collaborative teams. These teams may be established or newly formed. The goal of this funding is to promote new and/or unfunded projects that will ultimately be externally funded.
Hence, we are looking for proposals that will lead to preliminary data, proof-of-concept or other evidence to support external funding application. Power analysis is not necessarily an issue for such proposals. We are particularly interested in hypothesis-driven proposals that focus on the intersection of the genome, the environment and/or the microbiome. It is expected that successful proposals will address at least two of these three components; environment may be broadly operationally defined and does NOT necessarily refer to an ecosystem.
A GEM bioinformatician is available to support these projects and whose effort should be included in the budget request, if necessary. GEM-supported facilities are also available for glycan-based mass spectrometry analysis for those interested in studying the interface with the glycome.
Award Amount and Size: up to $50,000 (direct costs) for one year or less to support the proposed research. Allowable expenses will be based entirely on the needs of the project and the justification provided; however, these funds cannot cover faculty salary. Any requested salary must be for individuals at UB and no indirect costs will be paid to other institutions.
All UB faculty whose appointments allow them to submit external proposals through UB Sponsored Programs are eligible to apply. A faculty member may only serve as PI on one proposal for each round of funding.
An ad-hoc independent reviewer group will be assembled based on the nature of proposals received. Reviews will be used by the leadership team in the selection process. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development will make the final awards. Award notifications will be issued on or before June 20, 2017.
The proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
a) Scientific merit;
b) Alignment with GEM goals (www.buffalo.edu/gem)
c) Innovation and feasibility
d) Investigator team; and
e) Potential for generating external funding.
Budgets will be carefully reviewed and must be well-justified for the proposed research.
5:00 pm, May 19, 2017
Applications, single spaced, using 11 point font (Arial or Times New Roman), and 0.5-inch margins must include:
References: Not included in the page limit.
Note: Appendices are not allowed unless the proposed research has been previously submitted for review to an external funding agency, in which case the review and 1 page response may be submitted to demonstrate a specific need for preliminary data, for example.
Please submit to email@example.com as a single pdf by 5:00 pm of the due date.