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2021 RFA: Funding Awards

Deadline Date: 
5PM on February 01, 2021
Funding Period for all awards: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023
NOTE: 2nd year funding is contingent on continued NIH CTSC Grant Funding

PILOT AWARD

Up to $50,000 per year for up to two years (direct costs)

Objective
Create opportunities for translational team research across disciplines and institutions, and between pre-clinical and clinical scientists.  This award can support clinical trials phases I & II. Emphasis is placed on drug discovery, targeted therapeutics, biomarker or device development, and life-course studies.

Proposals Must Have

A minimum of two Co-Principal Investigators, representing different disciplines (e.g., Clinical and Basic) from at least two CTSC partnering institutions (see FAQ) with a focus on translational and clinical research. The research should provide results that lead to NIH funding. Basic research proposals will not be accepted.

PILOT AWARD – SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Up to $50,000 per year for up to two years (direct costs)

Objective
With the aim of fostering collaboration among community organizations, CTSC institutions and affiliates, this award will emphasize special populations such as children, the elderly, vulnerable and disabled populations, and the LGBTI community, as well as health disparities research.

Proposals Must Have
A minimum of two Co-Principal Investigators from at least two CTSC partnering institutions (see FAQ) and different disciplines with a focus on translational and clinical research. Basic research proposals will not be accepted.

 PRECISION MEDICINE AWARD

Up to $40,000 per year for up to two years (direct costs)

Objective
To target faculty members working in precision medicine pursuing studies that use behavioral and biologic measures to test feasibility for precision medicine therapy.

Proposals Must Have
A minimum of two Co-Principal Investigators from at least two CTSC partnering institutions (see FAQ) and two different disciplines. Focus on translational and clinical research. The research should provide insights that could be generalizable to other projects. Basic research proposals will not be funded  

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD

Up to $10,000 per year for up to two years (direct costs)

Objective
Strong community focus with a clear goal of facilitating the transfer of evidence-based practice that focuses on collaboration between the community (general population), CTSC institutions and affiliates. Emphasis should be placed on research in the following categories: health disparities, comparative effectiveness and research involving the LGBTI communities.

Proposals Must Have
A minimum of one researcher from a CTSC partner institution + one researcher from the community or community organization (as Co-PI)
OR A minimum of two Co-Principal Investigators (different disciplines preferred) from at least two CTSC partnering institutions (see FAQ). The research should facilitate the transfer of evidence-based practice to improve community health. 

Eligibility for All Awards

  • Study team members must be faculty members with an appointment at one of the CTSC partner institutions. The partnering institutions are Cornell Ithaca, Hunter College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, and The Animal Medical Center.
  • Senior investigators (Associate Professor and above) must clearly describe in their Research Plan how their proposal represents a new research direction or is a novel derivative of their research.
  • Co-investigators from other CTSA consortium institutions may be members of your team, if essential to the proposal success.
  • No PI/CoPI may have two concurrent CTSC awards
  • No investigator may be named on more than one application
  • Proposals cannot have existing funding support
  • Only one re-submission for each application is allowed.  Changing/switching PIs or Co-PIs or adding an institution without substantive changes is not a new submission. Response to reviewers’ comments should be incorporated into the updated proposal.

TO START YOUR APPLICATION
GO TO "Notification of Intent to Submit an Application" .

 This will register your intent to submit an application. After completing the Notification of Intent, the system will instruct you on next steps for logging in to our Web-based ePAR system to complete your application.  In completing your application, please refer to the checklist below.

 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & CHECKLIST

Applications must comply with eligibility and submission requirements. Missing documents and/or information will disqualify your application for review.

Checklist for Application Submission (all awards)
A. Required Sections in ePAR

  • Protocol Summary Page (complete all fields)
  • File Biographical Sketches  - Upload as individual PDF files for all investigators

B. 3 Page Research Proposal (upload as PDF attachment in ePAR )

One PDF file with a maximum length of (3) single-spaced pages using no smaller than 11 pt Arial font.  The proposal must include the following sections:

  • Title, PI, Co-PI and Investigators (can use header space)
  • Hypothesis and Specific Aims
  • Scientific background, citing appropriate references
  • Significance of research (relating specific aims to future studies to be generated) and importance of funding to feasibility of the project
  • Research Plan (research team to be involved, study population if appropriate, methods, statistical analysis)
  • Description of how CTSC Funding will prepare the PI(s) to seek external support
  • Timetable for potential submission of grants for extramural support
  • References and supporting tables/figures may be submitted on 2 to 3 additional pages
  • Use half page max to address:
    • For senior investigators: describe how this proposal represents a new research direction or is a novel derivative of your research
    • For resubmission: describe how you have addressed reviewers comments

C. Letters of Collaboration/Support (upload as PDF attachments in ePAR )

Required from Co-PI(s) and Co-Investigators in support of the PI; letter should describe in detail the individual’s planned role in project.
Additional Letter: If the Lead PI or Co-PI holds an Instructor appointment, a letter from their divisional and/or department head guaranteeing 1 or 2 years (to match length of award) of protected time for the applicant to complete the project is also required.

Do not submit a budget

Here is some important File information and FAQ

 Review of projects will prioritize scientific merit and proposed community engagement in research, as applicable.

 Questions?

Contact Juan Cordero, MD at 646-962-8308

Email: ctsc_pilot@med.cornell.edu


To complete your application, copy and paste the following link into your browser: webcamp.ctsc.weill.cornell.edu

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