Grant: $397,963 - National Institutes of Health - Sep. 24, 2009
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Award Description: This proposal will address the following objectives: 1) Assure rapid and rigorous development, evaluation, and selection of pilot studies consistent with the mission of the CTSC; and 2) Maximize the scientific and education impact of pilot investigations. The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program aims to spark innovative and collaborative scientific endeavors by supporting and facilitating robust new research paradigms, technologies, and tools and through partnerships that enhance team science. The pilot projects proposed will focus on 'Translational Challenges: and build on CTSC thematic areas, partnerships across NCRR-supported programs, and training of new clinical and translational investigators. Two workshops and associated pilot calls are included in this proposal, one that will address validation of animal models and one that focuses on obesity, chronic inflammation, and lifespan health. We will seek highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact, include new teams and trainees, address model validation and research projects that cut across the lifespan, utilize the CTSC and other related NCRR-supported resources; and include mini-biorepositories.
Project Description: The goals of the targeted pilot project calls proposed are to: 1) enhance partnering with other NCRR-supported entities, and 2) provide new research opportunities for investigators in challenging biomedical and translational research areas. This supplemental application will build on strategic adjacencies in the UC Davis program and the success of the Pilot and collaborative Studies Program to support innovative and cutting edge research. It will also capitalize on well-established paradigms and link translational and educational activities together. Funds are requested to support four projects each at a maximum award of $32,500 that have the following areas of emphasis: Highly innovative projects that have the potential for unusually high impact, and will provide crucial preliminary data for new extramural grant submissions; Clearly show the development of new teams and partnerships; Include trainees at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels as well as a strong mentoring plan; Address model validation and research projects that cut across the lifespan, for early developmental stages to infancy, through adulthood, and aged populations; Indicate use of the CTSC and other related NCRR-supported resources; and Include mini-biorepositiories for collected specimens using standard practices. Investigators will also be encouraged to 'think outside of the box' and consider topics such as: Prenatal insults Environmental factors Risk factors across the lifespan Genetics/epigenetics Immunology and immunity Nutritional factors Behavior, social networks, and/or family influences. Deliverables will include: Formation of new teams Promote opportunities for Translational Research use of established or development of new models of human health and disease New opportunities for investigators to include new animal models in their research programs New resources posted on the CTSC FCR Web site
Jobs Summary: The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program is linked with the CTSC Translational Program. The Translational Program includes a working group with bioinformatics and administrative specialists that provide assistance with the program. These individuals maintain databases and update the FCR and other related Web sites regularly. Many of the pilot projects and planning grants result in new databases and generate the need for more administrative and bioinformatics staff to ensure this information is available to the research community. The pilot calls require the inclusion of trainees (e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral fellows) providing new research opportunities and more funding for these positions. It is anticipated that a minimum of 8 new trainees will be supported through the pilot funding mechanism proposed. Additionally, most planning and pilot grants include technical personnel thus support for a minimum of 9 technicians for a percentage of their salary is also anticipated. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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