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Bridge funding (VPR with co-support by SOM and department), also known as interim support, may be obtained to support a previously-funded project that is not re-funded at competitive renewal. Awards of up to $100,000 are co-supported by the VPR, SOM, and the PI's Department/Center in a 2:1:1 ratio. Before applying, review the VPR program guidelines and application form and the . Proposals are due at the Office for Research on March 5, July 5, or November 5. Over the past five years, ~65% of proposals to this program were funded; of the requests that received bridge awards, 100% have been re-funded by NIH.
Shared equipment/Equipment Trust Fund (SOM). The Dean's Office annually solicits requests from faculty for shared equipment. Requests for proposals are sent to all faculty in early March and require the continued availability of Commonwealth of Virginia Equipment Trust Fund monies. The 2016 solicitation (see ) deadline is March 31, 2015. Contact: Dr. Steven Wasserman. The following equipment has been purchased or co-purchased recently for groups of investigators. They are available for use by others, as available.
The Research and Development Program (SOM) provides a limited number of small ($10K - $30K) research awards as seed money for new projects, development of new methods or reagents, or to enter a new area of research. The most recent deadline was December 1, 2014. See application form and instructions.
SOM Department and Center funding programs. Pilot or feasibility grants are available to members of the following programs:
LaunchPad Fund for Biomedical Innovation in Diabetes (SOM) supports collaborative, translational research projects that propose innovative and viable solutions to curing, treating or diagnosing diabetes. The program seeks research projects holding exceptional promise for achieving translational outcomes (such as clinical testing, creation of meaningful, licensable IP, or formation of a start-up company). At least one investigator from each submitting team of faculty must be full-time, tenure-track faculty at professorial rank (assistant, associate, full) with a primary appointment in the School of Medicine or School of Nursing. Current deadline (see ): extended to April 6, 2015. Program contact: Dr. Greg Fralish (982-6829; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thelma R. Swortzel Collaborative Research Award (SOM). This program, initiated in 2004, provides support for innovative research collaborations in the areas of ear, eye, heart, or cancer. Its goal is to support collaborative research that is translational, addresses unmet clinical needs, and leads to improvements in health care. Current deadline (see RFP): May 4, 2015. Program contact: Dr. Steven Wasserman (243-7088). Recent awardees:
Henry Rose Carter Research Award in Malaria or Public Health (SOM). This program, whose competitions are conducted intermittently, provides support for innovative research related to malaria or other public health problems. Proposals must have a clear link to human populations. Most recent deadline (see previous RFP): July 31, 2013. Due its modest endowment, this award is offered every 2 - 4 years. Program contact: Dr. Steven Wasserman. The recent awardees were:
Distinguished Research Career Development Award (VPR). These awards intend to demonstrate the University’s support and commitment to outstanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research by recognizing our most promising newly tenured faculty by funding a new opportunity or accelerating ongoing innovative research by the awardee. Awards of $50,000 are to be spent over 2 years on equipment, personnel, or supplies. Funds may not be used for the awardee’s salary.
Eligibility: STEM research faculty, within 3 years post-promotion to tenure, are eligible for a Distinguished Research Career Development Award. Any unit (College, School, Department, PhD Program) or tenured faculty member can nominate the candidate. The nomination will remain active through the applicant’s 3rd post-tenure year. A faculty member can receive the award only once.
The proposed research must have potential to make significant impact and enhance the scholarly profile of the awardee and the University of Virginia. Note: This program is temporarily on-hold. Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research if you have questions.
Distinguished Research Award (VPR). These awards intend to demonstrate the University’s support and commitment to outstanding science, technology, engineering and math research by recognizing our most promising and creative new full professors. The award will fund a significant, new research opportunity for the Awardee. The VPR anticipates 1-3 awards annually, corresponding to ~15% of the annual professorial promotion pool. The award of $150,000 over 3 years to be spent on equipment, personnel, or supplies. Funds may not be used for the awardee’s salary.
Eligibility: STEM research faculty, within 4 years of their promotion to full professor, are eligible for the Distinguished Research Award. Any unit (College, School, Department, PhD Program) or full professor can nominate the candidate. The nomination will remain active through the applicant’s 4th year subsequent to promotion to professor. A faculty member can receive the Award only once. Note: This program is temporarily on-hold. Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research if you have questions.
Academy of Distinguished Educators grants in undergraduate medical education research (SOM). These awards are designed to stimulate medical education research by SOM faculty. Quantitative and qualitative research projects are appropriate, as are meta-analyses of the medical education research literature.
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership (Biomedical Engineering). The Coulter Foundation award supports collaborative research projects that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in health care and commercial products. The program requires that one collborating investigator be on BME faculty, the other a clinician. Examples of desirable outcomes include improved diagnosis and treatment of disease through inventions and patents, commercial products, commercial partnerships, licenses and start-up companies. Awarded project teams benefit from the participation of a Project Director and board of advisors. Both short-term and long-term projects are eligible. The current cycle ( ) had a pre-proposal deadline of April 18, 2014. Program contact: David Chen.
Ivy Biomedical Innovation Fund. The Biomedical Innovation Fund was created by The Ivy Foundation to support biomedical innovation and translational research projects at the University of Virginia. The program expects to make 4-7 awards averaging $50,000 - $75,000 each for 12 months, although the award size is flexible and will be commensurate with the project stage and goals and may range from $30,000 to $100,000. To generate especially novel and compelling ideas, we encourage projects that involve faculty co-investigators from multiple departments, schools, or specialties at UVA. Proposals also are welcomed from individual investigators or teams from single departments that are appropriate for a given innovation project. See the most recent RFP (deadline: September 30, 2013) for additional details on the program.
UVA Cancer Center - American Cancer Society Institutional Award program. Supports the development of newly independent investigators to conduct cancer research including basic, translational and psychosocial and behavioral research, and cancer care in the economically disadvantaged. PI eligibility: may be U.S. citizens or noncitizen nationals of the U.S. or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence; must be within 6 years of their first independent research or faculty appointment. Senior investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and investigators currently supported with national research awards are not eligible. However, investigators whose initial grant was not renewed and are still at level of assistant professor and within 6 years of their first appointment may apply. Awards of up to $30,000 are made. Program contact: Dr. Timothy Bender. See application and instructions for the program. Most recent deadline: December 16, 2013.
UVA Cancer Center - funding for basic, translational, and clinical pilot research projects. The Cancer Center announced a program to support new initiatives and infrastructure in basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. Cancer Center members of any rank (Full Members or Associate Members) are eligible to apply. New and second year renewal applications will be accepted. Support typically is in the range of $20-50,000 for one year, renewable for a second year, based on a review of progress. Higher funding levels (up to $100,000/year) would be appropriate in selected circumstances:
Because a major goal of this initiative is to provide seed funds that will lead to external grant support, it is appropriate to apply for funding of research that has been peer-reviewed but was scored near the pay line. In those circumstances, provide all critiques/summary statements and scores and an explicit description of how the proposed research improve a subsequent application. Letters of Intent (LOIs) were due most recently on December 21, 2012. LOI format: no more than one page in length; and NIH-style biosketch of all the principal investigators on the project, submitted as a single PDF to both Michael Weber (email@example.com) and Dina Gould Halme (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Full application format: abstract of no more than 250 words; narrative no more than five pages in length; budget, budget justification, biosketch, complete Other Support information (PHS 398 format); "lay description" of the research project of approximately 150-250 words.
The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust provides one-year pilot funding up to $100,000 for studies that encourage the development of innovative interdisciplinary strategies that integrate computational and quantitative scientific methodologies across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Medical school faculty may not serve as PI, but may serve as co-investigators on Jeffress grants. (Supported areas for the PI include astronomy, biosciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics, and physics.) Most recent submission deadline: January 14, 2014.
The Health System Development Office has subscribed to The Foundation Directory Online, which contains funding opportunities from thousands of foundations. Searching requires the assistance of a librarian. Please speak with Dr. Steven Wasserman (email@example.com, 924-8789) to request a search.
Commonwealth Health Research Board. The CHRB funds "research to advance the understanding of biological systems, to improve the treatment and control of human disease, and to improve human health services and the delivery of human health care." Awards of up to $200,000 ($100,000 per year) may be funded. Program guidelines usually are released in August, with concept papers due at the end of September. Investigators whose pre-proposals that are accepted will be asked to submit full proposals the following February. Final decisions are made in May. There is a limit of 15 applications per institution. Please notify Dr. Jeffrey Plank (Associate VP for Research) of your desire to submit a CHRB proposal. Most recent CHRB awards to UVA faculty:
Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation. The VTSF was created after the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between 46 state Attorneys General and the four largest U.S. tobacco manufacturers. The Commonwealth of Virginia allocated 10% of these funds to the VTSF, which awards collaborative grants for research on and prevention of tobacco use.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds investigator-initiated research projects, coordinated program projects, multi-center basic, clinical, and translational research projects, training grants, research contracts, and other programs. The following links are useful in negotiating the funding opportunities at NIH Institutes and Centers:
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awards grants and contracts to expand and improve primary health care for medically underserved people, health services for people with HIV/AIDS, maternal/child health, health professions training and education, rural health, telemedicine, and organ donation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awards grants and contracts in public health, epidemiology, immunization, and related areas.
Department of Defense. The Army ( U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity) publishes annual Broad Agency Announcement and Program Assistance Announcements (PAAs), funding grants and contracts. Certain areas are funded under Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, including ovarian, breast, and prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis, and bone marrow failure. The Navy (Office of Naval Research) offers University Research Initiative programs that include remote sensing, human performance, vaccines, etc. DOD maintains a forms web site.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently has funded UVA projects in the areas of regenerative medicine, protein crystallography, and cell culture.
The Department of Homeland Security provides funding for a wide variety of projects such as threat detection, development of community preparedness models, and so on.
SPIN: InfoEd International's database of federal and private funding sources allows users to store complex searches for later use. Recommendations: use its Advanced Search function; use drop-down lists when offered, rather than typing in search terms.
Foundation Center: Not-for-profit sponsors and requests for proposals. This subscription service requires assistance by the Foundation and Corporate Relations Office (Health System Development). Please contact Dr. Steven Wasserman (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office for Research if you wish to have a search conducted.
Grants.gov: Search for federal grant and contract opportunities.
FedBizOpps : Information on federal government contracts.
GrantsNet (from the AAAS): Search for funding opportunities for training in the sciences (e.g., postdocs) and for undergraduate science education.
Three general resources for postdoctoral fellows:
Foundations and professional organizations. Many foundations and professional organizations support postdoctoral fellowships in basic or clinical research. Discuss such opportunities with your research mentor. Information on individual foundations can be obtained from search engines such as SPIN.
Federal sources. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (NIH F32 awards) provide support of up to three years for U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. The National Science Foundation administers a Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biological Informatics program.