Pilot Grant Program

COBRE: Smooth Muscle Plasticity Phase III

Pilot Grant Program

The goal of the Phase III COBRE Pilot Grant Program is to support new and innovative research approaches that advance the capabilities and foster the sustainability of biomedical research at the School of Medicine and the University of Nevada, Reno. The School of Medicine and the University of Nevada, Reno have successfully developed a strong state-of-the-art infrastructure and research base composed of a critical mass of currently funded faculty members and who are actively engaged in the submission of both new, and competitive renewals of investigator-driven grant applications. However, to successfully acquire externally funded grants it is imperative to maximize the impact of these applications with cutting-edge concepts and ideas using state-of the-art approaches.

The Pilot Grant Program is to be used as a mechanism to support new, innovative approaches by both new and established investigators to utilize the Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core and the Single Cell Molecular Expression Core to generate proof of principle data to accelerate successful extramural grant funding.

The Pilot Grant Program supports two complementary funding mechanisms. The first mechanism supports single investigator-led projects which will utilize the Cores to extend the investigator's current research to novel directions with high future potential for acquiring R01-level extramural funding support. These awards will provide $50,000 of direct costs for one year and require at least 25% of the budget to be used to utilize Core services.

The second funding strategy will support larger team collaborations which will utilize the Cores to increase their capability to investigate thematic research topics at the programmatic level of grant support. These awards will provide $50,000 of direct costs per year for two year and require at least 25% of the annual budget to be used to utilize Core services.