Request for Pilot-Project Applications
Funding Opportunity (Pilot Projects Grants)
Cognitive Neuroscience of Development & Aging (CoNDA) Center
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM Monday, July 18, 2022
Program Summary: The CONDA Center is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for Pilot-Projects. The CONDA Center is a NIH/NIGMS supported Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) that focuses on the cognitive neuroscience across the lifespan and strives to support and develop neuroscience research in the region.
The goal of the Pilot Project Program is to provide support to promising research led by faculty at CoNDA participating institutions (UNMC, UNO, Creighton & Boystown). Applicants must not have concurrent funding from other IDeA programs (INBRE, other COBRE or CTR).
Relevant Areas of Research: This mechanism aims to support innovative, collaborative projects in the field of neuroscience in general with emphasis on the cognitive neuroscience in development and aging in health and disease.
Pilot Projects focused on the below issues are of high interest to the CoNDA Center. Applications proposing the study of animal models or human subjects will be considered.
- Studies of neurodevelopmental disorders including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Studies of Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases
- Multidisciplinary studies of aging and factors that lead to pathological (vs healthy) aging
- Neural mechanisms of psychiatric disease and/or psychiatric symptoms in other diseases
- Studies examining the impact of stress on brain structure and/or function in development and aging
- Studies examining the impact of environmental contaminants on systems-level brain health
- Studies of effects of altered brain activity (i.e., seizures) on the development of neurocognitive impairments
- Impact of neuroinflammation on brain structure and function across the lifespan
- Mechanisms and novel applications of brain stimulation
- Normative cognitive neuroscience and cognitive aging research
- Women's health in neuroscience across the lifespan
Successful applicants (up to 4 candidates) will receive up to $50,000 in direct costs per year for 1-2 year. Funding for second year will be competitively reviewed, requiring demonstrated progress and need.
Applications that propose the use of the CoNDA Center Research Cores (Neuroimaging core or Translational Imaging & Behavior Assessment Core) will be prioritized. Preference will be given to those proposals likely to lead to submission of Research Project Leader proposals to the CoNDA CoBRE.
DEADLINE: Monday, July 18, 2022: 5:00 PM
Eligibility: Eligible applicant must be a faculty at CoNDA participating institution (UNMC, UNO, Creighton & Boystown).Applicants must not have concurrent funding from other IDeA programs (INBRE, other COBRE or CTR). Applications from under-represented minorities, including women and people of color are encouraged as outlined in Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity. If you have any questions about these criteria, please contact the project coordinator or center director.
- Front Sheet
- NIH Form page 1 (note: signature of official signing for applicant organization not required)
- Applicant's NIH Biosketch
- Research Plan: limited to five pages in total for Specific Aims and Research Strategy
- Specific Aim(s):One page maximum, but can be shorter.
- Research Strategy:
- Significance: a) the rigor of prior research - the strengths and weaknesses of the research that is used to form the basis for the proposed research question.
- Innovation:Briefly describe how the proposed research may refine, improve, or propose a new application of an existing concept or method.
- Approach: Can include preliminary data, although not required. Experimental design, including steps taken to ensure scientific rigor (robust and unbiased experimental design, sample, measures, procedures, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results, explained as appropriate for a pilot project) and consideration of key biological variables if applicable. Please see: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-011.html
- Plans for extramural funding applications: Please specify your plan for funding from NIH or other agencies upon successful completion of this project.
- References:Excluded from 5-page limit.
- Detailed Budget for Year 1 and Year 2 – Pilot-Project can be awarded for up to $50,000 per year for 1-2. Second year award is subject to competitive renewal requiring demonstrated progress and need.
- Budget Justification
- Letters of Support: Can be included as needed.
- Funds cannot be used to support applicant salary.
- Equipment (>$5,000 per item) and/or computer purchases are not allowed.
- Renovation and/or Honorariums are not allowed.
- Travel is limited to research related tasks only (e.g., no conference travel). Travel to locations outside of the US & Canada is not allowed.
- Awardees are responsible for working with their department grants administrator to monitor and manage funds available/spent on this award.
- All awardees must provide quarterly and annual progress reports.
- Awardees are required to present the Pilot-Project progress at meetings organized by the CoNDA Center.
- As part of their grants, awardees must provide documentation of publications and peer-reviewed funding that result from their award. A pdf file of your published papers/abstracts should be emailed to Dr. Raj Dave, PhD.
- Awardees are required to cite CoNDA Center support in publications and presentations that are generated by or related to research performed using CoNDA Center funds.
If you receive independent NIH or equivalent institutional funding for a project that is currently funded by the CoNDA Center, congratulations! Please notify the CoNDA Center Project Coordinator immediately so that funds allocated to your grant can be returned to the CoNDA Center. NIH regulations prohibit simultaneous funding.
CONDA Center events: If you are funded by the CONDA Center, we expect you to participate in the center activities such as the monthly seminar series. If you have any questions, please contact us.