Pilot Projects Spring 2019

NEW: REQUEST FOR TARGETED APPLICATIONS

CACHET seeks applications for Pilot Projects in following areas:

  • (1) Research that addresses environmental health issues or social factors influencing environmental health in our communities in collaboration with the CACHET Community Engagement Core (CEC).
  • (2) Use of the new ICP-MS equipment of the CACHET Biomarkers Core for ongoing or new research with metals.
  • (3) New research ideas that emphasize utilization of any CACHET Facility Core (IHSFC, Biomarkers, Microbiome).

The turn-around time will be rapid.

Eligibility:

  • All CACHET members.
  • Collaboration with non-members for specific expertise (e.g., neurotoxicity) is allowed.

 

Proposal Requirements:

  • Utilization of CACHET Core Facilities (Integrated Health Science Facilities Core [IHSFC], Biomarkers, Microbiome) or interaction with CEC is mandatory. Please see CACHET website (https://www.chicago-cachet.org/) for Core Facility resources.  Note: IHSFC has multiple resources for most investigations that can be leveraged.
  • Proposal mechanisms can be Young Investigator Awards, Idea Awards, Inter-Institutional Awards or separately, ICP-MS Support Proposals as follows:
    • Proposals for ICP-MS Support for ongoing or new research can include a) measurements of metals in samples not previously tested, or b) duplication of metals measurements in samples previously assayed at another laboratory. The later assessments will be of high value to the new ICP-MS in the CACHET Biomarkers Core for validation of reproducibility and sensitivity.
    • Young Investigator Awards: (a) a hypothesis-based EHS research project that requires generation of preliminary data; (b) no prior history of federal grant support; and (c) a strong mentorship plan with a CACHET member. The application must include a letter from a faculty sponsor describing the mentoring plan and timeline to seek independent grant funding.
    • Idea Awards: The project must be related to EHS research, with particular emphasis placed on areas of interest of CACHET Focus Groups and/or activities of CACHET Cores (see CACHET Website).
    • Inter-Institutional Awards: The project must be collaborative research between investigators at UIC and UChicago, must show tangible synergy, and must be related to EHS research. The application must contain:
      • a rationale paragraph justifying collaboration across institutions (i.e., complementary expertise and/or resources from two institutions)
      • a paragraph outlining plans for a collaborative team science proposal to outside agencies.

 

Budget and Project Duration*:

  • Funding for use of the (ICP)-MS of the Biomarkers core for ongoing research will be up to $5,000 per project, and used for the costs of the ICP-MS assays. Please contact Amanda Abramson for new ICP-MS pricing structure.
  • Young Investigator Awards: up to $25,000 for one year; may include a request for salary support for the PI. Renewal for an additional year upon a meritorious progress report may be considered.
  • Idea Awards: up to $25,000 for one year; may not include salary support for the PI.
  • Inter-Institutional Awards: up to $25,000 for one year; may not include salary support for the PI. Renewal for one more year upon a meritorious progress report may be considered.

*Recommended budget amount and/or duration for funded applications may be adjusted by the CACHET Executive Committee.

 

Proposal Format:

Half-inch margins, Arial 11 point font

For Proposals for ICP-MS Support: Up to two pages that includes:

  • Introduction/Background that describes ongoing or new research area necessitating metals measurements.
  • Description of samples to be assayed: numbers, types, etc.
  • If pertinent, describe past assessments of metals measurements undertaken.
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Supporting documents (e.g. previous measures summary).

 

For Young Investigator Awards, Idea Awards, Inter-Institutional Awards:

  • Specific Aims – One page
  • Research Plan – up to 3 pages.
  • Introduction/Background
  • Hypothesis/Specific Aims
  • Research Approach
  • Paragraph about plans for future grant application
  • References
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Supporting documents (e.g. letters of support).

 

Applications Submission:

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Key Dates:

  • Letter of Intent: Requested by February 22, 2019, but it is not mandatory.
  • Application Deadline: March 4, 2019
  • Proposal Reviews: Completed by March 22, 2019; Funding Decision by March 29, 2019
  • Project Start Date: April 1, 2019.

 

For more information:
UIC: Contact Amanda Abramson at 312-996-6961 or amandaa@uic.edu
UChicago: Contact Liz Stepniak at 773-702-9663 or lstepnia@bsd.uchicago.edu