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Innovative Grants Program

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This year the NIPLH is seeking submissions for innovative research and clinical program development.

Research Proposals:

Research proposals may address any of the Program’s thematic areas.

Although investigations directed to these thematic areas will be preferred, this year the NIPLH will also consider non-thematic proposals. Nevertheless, a non-thematic subject of investigation with a predictably formidable impact in pulmonary medicine would merit consideration.

Research proposals can be in clinical, translational or bench research, innovative partnerships between clinical and bench research, or in the development of broadly useful and innovative methodologies.

  1. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of lung disease: studies using in vitro and in vivo models of lung disease to reveal mechanisms and suggest novel treatment approaches.
  2. Translational research in lung disease: human studies focused on biomarkers or interventions that advance knowledge of disease mechanisms or disease biomarkers.
  3. Clinical research in lung disease: studies using patient cohorts to advance understanding of disease epidemiology, disease impact, or disease natural history. Research Proposals will be reviewed for outstanding quality and innovative approaches. Research projects deemed likely to lead to future extramural support will be preferentially ranked.

Research Proposals will be reviewed for outstanding quality and innovative approaches. Research projects deemed likely to lead to future extramural support will be preferentially ranked.

Clinical Program Development Proposals:

This year the NIPLH will also consider innovations for clinical program development for funding. Such programmatic support can address any topic in pulmonary medicine. Submissions will be favored that would provide key missing infrastructure to promote the success of any divisional activity. For example, support for a nurse practitioner in pulmonary rehabilitation could help the division develop this activity that is needed both for clinical care and future research in quality of life. Submissions should explain how such temporary infrastructure funding would lead to future self sustaining program benefit.

Proposals: Research and Clinical Development:

Anticipated funding amounts will range from $50,000-$80,000 per year per award for one or two years (no overhead allowed).

If funded, a progress report at month 10 of year 01 will be evaluated to determine if proposals qualify for release of the second year of funding. The second year of funding is not guaranteed.

Proposals budgeted with prominent salary support for established investigators will not be considered responsive to the goals and objectives of this call for proposals. Further, the PI cannot hold an academic appointment above the Associate Professor level at the time of award initiation.

The number of awards and apportionment between Research and Clinical Development Proposals will depend on the quality of the grants.

Application Process and Timeline
Application Due: November 1, 2014
Grant Selection Notification: January 12, 2015
Start Date: February 1, 2015

INFORMATION: More details can be found on the Grant Application Form. Questions may be directed to Marcela Cazares at marcela.cazares@ucsf.edu or Jeffrey Golden, MD, at Jeff.Golden@ucsf.edu.

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