Research Projects

Programs and Projects

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The Developmental Research Program (DRP) and Pilot Grant (PG) Program will contribute to biomedical science in Nevada through research leading to publications and extramural funding. DRPs are primarily career development awards intended to lead to an independent researcher directing a sustained research enterprise. In order to achieve this, the DRP program requires a commitment of 6 person months effort to research and career development. PGs are smaller research awards available to fund a range of activities including preliminary studies for a grant proposal, the development of bioinformatics resources, authentic research experiences for undergraduate students, or research-based curriculum reform.

Developmental Research Projects

The next Developmental Research Project competition will be held in Fall 2021.

The DRP Program is a mentored career development program intended to advance the careers of Nevada researchers in biomedical sciences. The program provides research funding and a mentored pathway of milestones leading to publication submission of an NIH R-type grant proposal or equivalent proposal (NSF, American Heart Association, etc.). The project duration is 2 years, with the second year of funding contingent on the completion of all year 1 milestones. Direct costs up to $75,000 per year may be requested. For detailed information and application information, please see the DRP Funding Announcement.

Development Research Project Pre-Proposal Application Closed

Pre-Proposal Applicants must submit the following:

  • A concise summary describing the goals of the proposed research and expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved
  • Specific Aims Page: a succinct list of 2-3 specific objectives of the research proposed (e.g. to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, etc.)
  • a Letter of Support completed by the applicant's supervisor approving 50% effort to career development and research activities if awarded. 

**Please Note that the summary and specific aims page may not exceed 2 pages combined.

Project Duration: Two (2) years, with second year of funding contingent on completion of all milestones and renewed INBRE funding.

Funding Level and Allowable Expenses:  Direct costs up to $75,000 per year may be requested. Permitted expenses include salaries for the PI and research personnel, as well as research supplies that are allowable NIH expenses. Travel expenses are allowed for conducting fieldwork as part of the project, accessing experts or other resources, or giving invited presentations on INBRE-related research at a national, regional or international meeting. Equipment is generally not allowable.  DRP Awardees are required to attend the NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting and must budget travel funds accordingly.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a tenure-track, full-time appointment at a NV INBRE Partner Institution at the Assistant Professor level or higher.  Awardees must devote 50% effort (6 person months) to career development and research activities. The investigator may not be the PI or Co-PI of an NIH research grant or have research funding from another IDeA program (COBRE, CTR-IN) at the time of an award. The PI may not be awarded more than one DRP grant at a time, and previous DRP recipients are not eligible.

Mentors - DRP awards are mentored career development awards. Each awardee will identify a mentor as part of the application process. The mentor must be an established scientist with expertise relevant to the proposed research willing to commit substantial time and effort as described in a formal Memo of Understanding. The mentors will receive a consulting fee upon completion of the milestones listed below.

DRP Milestones:

  • Meet with mentor face to face or by teleconference three times each year, return a one-page report of progress (i.e. plans toward publication and/or grant proposal) after each meeting
  • Attend and present progress at the annual NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting
  • Attend the NISBRE Conference in 2020 and the Western Regional Conference in 2021
  • Attend an approved grant writing workshop (e.g. a workshop based on The Grant Application Writer's Workbook by S.W. Russell and D. C. Morrison) in the first year
  • Present progress and research results to the External Advisory Committee annually
  • Submit a manuscript based on the DRP research to a peer-reviewed journal  before the end of the second year of funding
  • Submit a draft R-type proposal (or equivalent) to the NV INBRE Administrative Core for pre-review early in the second year of funding
  • Submit an R-type proposal (or equivalent) by the middle of the second year of funding
  • Submit Summary Statement to the NV INBRE Administrative Core with plans for revision and resubmission if necessary

Applicants from NV INBRE Partner Institutions are eligible to apply:

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Nevada State College
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Western Nevada College
  • Sierra Nevada College

**Please note that you may only submit one proposal.**

Funding of Developmental Research Projects depends upon the timely arrival of NIH funds. 

Pilot Grant and Pilot Grant Plus Programs

Letter of Intent Submission Closed

Pre-Proposal Applicants must submit the following by November 4, 2020:

  • Applicants must submit a letter of intent and abstract describing the proposed project and its goals to establish eligibility and programmatic responsiveness.  This letter should not exceed 1 page.

The Pilot Grant (PG) Program is a funding mechanism to engage faculty members and staff at NV INBRE Partner Institutions in research that will address biomedical sciences, increase the culture of research at these institutions, and provide research opportunities for undergraduate students. 

Funding Level and Allowable Expenses -

Pilot Grant:  Direct costs up to $10,000 per year may be requested for small research projects. Permitted expenses include salaries for the PI and research personnel, as well as research supplies that are allowable NIH expenses. Travel expenses are allowed if necessary for conducting fieldwork as part of the project, accessing experts or other resources, or for giving invited presentations on INBRE-related research at a national, regional or international meeting.

Pilot Grant Plus: Summer salary plus direct costs up to $10,000 per year may be requested for small research projects. A mentor must be identified and a detailed mentoring plan must be included in the proposal, and the INBRE Administrative Core will assist in identifying a mentor if needed. The mentor must be an established scientist with expertise relevant to the proposed research willing to meet face to face or by teleconference at least one time during the duration of the project and return a one-page report of progress (i.e. plans toward publication and/or grant proposal). Permitted expenses include salaries for the PI and research personnel, as well as research supplies that are allowable NIH expenses. Travel expenses are allowed if necessary for conducting fieldwork as part of the project, accessing experts or other resources, or for giving invited presentations on INBRE-related research at a national, regional or international meeting.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a full-time appointment at one of the NV INBRE Participating Institutions listed below. PG awardees will devote effort appropriate for the project. Priority will be given to first time INBRE PG applicants.

Milestones and Progress - Funded projects will be required to report milestone achievement and progress quarterly into the NV INBRE Tracking Database.

NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting - PG awardees will be required to attend the annual NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting and must budget travel funds accordingly.

Applicants from NV INBRE Partner Institutions are eligible to apply:

  • Nevada State College
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Western Nevada College
  • Sierra Nevada College

Pilot Grant Program Key Dates

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent and Abstract describing the proposed project and its goals to establish eligibility and programmatic responsiveness.

DUE: Monday October 26, 2020 by 11:59 PM

Based on the letters of intent/abstracts, the NV INBRE will send eligible applicants and invitation to participated in a required INBRE Pre-Proposal Workshop for full application submission details.  Invitations for Pre-Proproposal Workshops are expected to be sent out to applicants on or before November 2, 2020.

Pre-Proposal Workshops will be held on December 7, 2020 and December 11, 2020 via Zoom.  Full application documents and access will only be given to those who complete the pre-proposal workshop.The Pre-Proposal Workshop will cover covering the specific information needed to complete the INBRE application including the preparation of the budget, Specific Aims, and Research Strategy, as well as the details of the mentoring, milestones and progress requirements of awardees. The Pre-Proposal Workshop will also cover required application documents such as IRB Approval, Planned Enrollment Reports, etc. The NV INBRE will hold multiple in-person Pre-Proposal Workshops in Reno on November 6 and Las Vegas on November 8. Arrangements can be made if applicants are unable to attend the in-person Workshops.

Application Due Date: January 11, 2021

Full applications will only be accepted from eligible applicants who have completed the Pre-Proposal Workshop. Applications will be submitted electronically through the link provided. Scientific merit reviews will be based on the NIH criteria (Overall Impact, Significance, Investigator, Innovation, Approach, and Environment). Proposed projects must include a tangible product (publication, event, preliminary data, etc). The External Advisory Committee will make funding decisions based on merit, programmatic priorities, and institutional participation in the network. Presentation of clear, reportable milestones appropriate for the PG scope of work will be an important review criterion. 

**Please note that you may only submit one proposal.**

Funding of Pilot Grants depends upon the successful renewal of the NV INBRE grant and the timely arrival of NIH funds. The earliest possible start date is April 1, 2020, but may be delayed.

Contact Jessica Garfield at garfieldj@med.unr.edu with questions.

Developmental Translational Team Grant (DTTG)

Applications due February 5, 2021

The purpose of this funding is to provide support for a clinical investigator teamed with a basic science or a pre-clinical investigator to yeild a project "proof-of-concept" for a subsequent, larger, extramural (NIH, NSF, DoD, USDA, etc.) grant application. 

Eligibility to lead Developmental Team Training Project:

  • A successful proposal will describe a CTR project co-directed by a clinical investigator collaborating with a basic science or preclinical investigator both with faculty appointments at Mountain West CTR-IN institutions in the same IDeA state.
  • The Investigators may not concurrently serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) on an IDeA award from another IDeA program (i.e., CTR, COBRE or INBRE).

Key Dates:
Applications Due to NV INBRE: February 5, 2021
Award(s) announced: March 5, 2021
Earliest start date: September 1, 2021 (pending NIGMS approval)
Project end date (or 6 months following start date): February 1, 2022

Project Duration: Six months. No carryover beyond project period. **Funding for this project is contingent upon successful renewal of the NV INBRE grant.**

Process:
Applications submitted to the INBRE Director will include:

  • a face page (fp2)
  • project summary
  • 2-page research strategy/concept paper
  • NIH biosketch for team members
  • budget and budget justification
  • * See below- completed Human Subjects Form F, a copy of the IRB approval, and investigator CITI certificates.

The budget should be prepared as two separate documents with one budget identified for the CTR-IN-supported portion (i.e., clinical investigator) and one budget identified for the INBRE supported portion (basic scientist or pre-clinical investigator). This mechanism is not intended to fund new human subjects research. However, if planned preliminary data involves human subjects it should be based on data captured under a previously IRB-approved protocol (or exempt). For example, this mechanism will not support new collection of biological samples from human subjects, but it can support new analyses of biological samples that were previously collected provided that the new analysis was already approved under the existing IRB protocol. *If the proposed study involves new analyses of human subjects biological samples that were previously collected and the new analysis is approved under an existing IRB protocol, you must also submit a completed Human Subjects Form E, a copy of the IRB approval, and investigator CITI certificates.

Funding level and allowable expenses:

Total costs of up to $20,000 direct costs may be requested. Funds can be used for supplies, equipment, or travel for team or community meetings. All expenses must be allowable under NIH guidelines. Additionally, the following restrictions apply:

  • Equipment costs over $5,000 – not allowable.
  • Significant foreign participation – not allowable.
  • Laptops/computers – not allowable.
  • Tuition and fees for graduate students – not allowable. However, salary support is allowable.
  • Subcontracts to institutions located in non-IDeA states – not allowable. However, services provided in non-IDeA states can be purchased on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Publication costs (i.e., page charges) – not allowable.

Overall budget:

We anticipate funding up to seven projects (1 per Western IDeA state) under this announcement pending NIGMS approval. For each award CTR-IN will allocate up to $10K to support the clinical investigator half of the preclinical or clinical team, and the corresponding state INBRE program will support the basic science research investigator half of the team up to $10K.

If you have questions contact: Dr. Josh Baker (jebaker@unr.edu) or Jessica Garfield (garfieldj@med.unr.edu) Or MW CTR-IN Pilot Grant Program Dr. Curtis Noonan (curtis.noonan@mso.umt.edu) and Dr. Scott Seville (sseville@uwyo.edu)

Other Research Funding Opportunities

UNLV Personalized Medicine COBRE Pilot Grant Projects