Research Funding

NPOD Revision Grant RFA 2019

SYNOPSIS AND OBJECTIVE

Amount:  up to $25,000 for up to one year with no option to renew.
Application Due Date:  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) will invest up to $50,000 total in the revision grants program (2-3 awards) during NPOD’s current phase of funding (8/2019 – 5/2024).
NPOD provides funding for a grant application that was submitted to a federal agency or external foundation and received a highly favorable score by the review panel.  The primary objective of this revision grant program is to generate additional preliminary data that will help to get a revised grant application funded. Research supported by this program must be in the area of obesity research and/or signaling by nutrients or bioactive food compounds.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications from NPOD members and non-members will receive equal consideration. Previous NPOD project leaders and revision and pilot grant recipients are eligible for revision grant support. Investigators of all ranks are eligible to apply and may receive revision grant support only once.  NPOD will consider supporting revision grants for external grant applications with a minimum budget request of $500,000. It is expected that the majority of revision grant awards will be for wet lab research, but applications with a focus on bioinformatics or translational activities are also encouraged. All required approvals (e.g., IRB, IACUC, IBC) must be obtained before funds are released. Preference will be given to tenured applicants and applicants in tenure-leading appointments.

HOW TO APPLY

The application is in the general format of an NIH R01 proposal, with different page limitations.

The face page needs to include name of applicant, project title, budget request). The face page needs to be followed by a budget and justification, biographical sketch (NIH style, 5 page limit including other support), research plans (specific aims, background, preliminary results and research plan not to exceed 4 single-spaced pages including figures and tables), a statement regarding authentication of key reagents, proof of biostatistical consultation*, summary statement of reviewer comments and detailed plans for addressing them, a description of plans for future external funding applications, and bibliography. The bibliography does not count toward the page limit. The margins must be 0.5 inches on all sides and use of Arial font with a font size of 11 is required.

Applicants are expected to make a compelling case that a revision of their previous funding application by using NPOD monies will result in external funding.

*NPOD requires all applicants for revision grants to provide documentation of consultation with a biostatistician of their choice regarding experimental design, and recommend using NPOD’s bioinformatics and biostatistics coordinators, Drs. Kathy Hanford or Steve Kachman (see https://cehs.unl.edu/npod/biomedical-and-obesity-research-core/). Documentation is to be provided by the biostatistician signing the application’s face page.

The maximum budget will be $25,000 direct costs; F&A costs are not allowed. This is one-time funding with no chance for renewal or extension.  It is required that funds will be spent within 12 months of the revision grant’s start date.  Applicants may request less funding than the maximum limit as deemed appropriate for the proposed project. Salaries for faculty are not allowed.  However, salaries for other personnel are permitted.

Applications in pdf format will be accepted on a rolling basis; submit via email to murray.gilbertsen@huskers.unl.edu and jzempleni2@unl.edu.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Revision grant PIs will become NPOD members and will be expected to attend monthly meetings and participate in NPOD events.  PIs will present their research progress at a monthly work-in-progress seminar of the NPOD, and also to the external advisory committee during NPOD’s annual review meeting. In addition, PIs will be required to submit a report to NPOD in time for submission of the center’s annual report to NIH (typically in February). A final report documenting progress, publications, and grant proposals submitted and awarded, will be due to NPOD within 30 days after the end date of the revision grant. PIs will acknowledge NPOD support (NIH P20GM104320) in publications and presentations resulting from their revision grant. PIs are expected to submit an external grant proposal to NIH or a similar type of grant proposal to another federal agency or foundation by the end of the funding period.

SELECTION

The scientific merit of each proposal will be assessed by a panel of experts with no conflict of interest, appointed by the NPOD director. Awards will require approval by the NPOD’s external advisory board.  In the case of potential conflicts of interest, reviewers will be excused accordingly. The review criteria will follow NIH guidelines with the overall scientific merit of the proposal based on overall impact, significance, innovation, approach, investigators and environment. In addition, relevance of the proposal to the mission of NPOD will be assessed. The review will use the NIH scoring scale of 10-90. Decisions by NPOD are final. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible.

Start and end dates

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and funding decisions will be made on a short turn-around. Grants will end 12 months after the start date.

REVISION GRANT APPLICATION

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