Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies
The objective of the Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies is to provide resources to perform pilot studies to enhance the development of Clinical and Translational research at UB. Support is intended for Pilot and Collaborative clinical, translational and behavioral research projects that 1) allow clinical and translational trainees or researchers to generate preliminary data for submission of a research grant application; 2) seek to improve clinical design, biostatistics, clinical research ethics, informatics, or regulatory pathways; or 3) others as defined by the applicant that will advance clinical and translational research. Pilot and Collaborative projects should, in general, be of sufficient scope to qualify as a stand-alone research effort. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. This program is a component of the Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center (Buffalo CTRC) providing resources to stimulate research at UB that will lead to new clinical and translational science and securing external research funds. For this round, we are especially interested in projects with a high risk/high reward profile, projects emphasizing biomedical informatics and projects in research ethics.
All faculty (including investigators at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman Woodward Institute) are eligible. Proposed projects must be new research. Proposals from investigators who have never received external funding must provide evidence of a meaningful collaboration with a senior funded investigator.
Applications must be submitted as a single PDF by 5:00pm on December 1, 2011 to Dr. Kenneth Tramposch, Associate Vice President for Research, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms of Awards
Applicants can request funding for up to $50,000 for one year projects. Budgets must be consistent with the scope of the proposed project. Proposals must be fully compliant with regulatory guidelines. Annual reports are required detailing the project’s progress and listing proposals submitted and funding received. On a yearly basis there will be a special Buffalo CTRC sponsored colloquium where awardees will present project results and detail plans for pursuing external funding to continue the project. Awardees will be encouraged to attend Buffalo CTRC sponsored workshops or seminars on the creativity process in research sponsored by the Buffalo CTRC. Award notices are expected to go out February 15, 2012 with award start dates of March 1, 2012.
Funds may not be used for faculty/administrative salaries or tuition. However, all other project costs are eligible with appropriate justification.
Application Format: The proposal must include:
- Project Description (12 point font, single spaced, 3 page limit [for items 2-5 below] excluding references).
Project Description should use the following template:
- Project Title and Abstract with a list of all project investigators and their affiliations (one page)
- Background and Significance of the project.
- Potential impact of the project on the field.
- Specific Aims.
- Overview of approach.
- Budget, Budget Justification and Timeline (one page) – Explain role of each study team member, why Pilot and Collaborative Translational and Clinical Studies funds are critical for securing external funding of the larger project. Please note that budget reasonableness is a review criterion.
- NIH- style Biosketch (4 pages) for each investigator showing current and pending support. Proposed projects must not overlap with current funding.
- If a similar proposal has been reviewed and declined by an external funding agency, the reviews must be included, and a one page discussion of how the critiques were dealt in the present proposal.
- No appendices; other than funding agency reviews, are allowed and will not be reviewed
- Scientific merit
- Relevance and significance to clinical and translational research
- Potential for securing extramural funding
- Rationale and utilization of proposed budget
The proposals will be reviewed by an Ad hoc panel of faculty. Final decisions will be made by the Buffalo CTRC Pilot Studies Oversight Committee. Heavy weight will be placed on the potential for securing external funding for the project. We expect to make two awards this year.