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 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.

Submit You Pre-Proposal Application by October 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Pre-Proposal Applicants must submit the following by October 14, 2019:

  • 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. The earliest possible start date is April 1, 2020, but may be delayed.  Also, the second year of funding is contingent upon the NV INBRE grant being renewed.

Pilot Grant and Pilot Grant Plus Programs

Submit You Pre-Proposal Application by October 14, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Pre-Proposal Applicants must submit the following by October 14, 2019:

  • 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 14, 2019 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 October 21, 2019.

Pre-Proposal Workshops will be held on October 28, 2019 at UNLV and October 29, 2019 at UNR.  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 2, 2020

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 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 or (775) 784-6544 with questions.

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