Research Projects

The Research Project Program aims to support innovative research that focuses on cognitive neuroscience. The goal of this funding mechanism is to provide support to junior investigators to develop an independent research program and acquire the preliminarydata necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. The benchmark of success for the CoNDA RPL is the award of RO-1 within 2-3 years.

Successful CoNDA RPL applicants will receive up to $200,000 in direct costs per year for 2-3 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support.

Applicants need to be in a tenure-leading position at rank of Assistant Professor or higher and not have or previously had an external, peer-reviewed RPG or Program Project Grant (PPG) from either a Federal or non-Federal source that names that investigator as the PD/PI (e.g.,an R01 or the equivalent). Applicants must be able to devote 0.5 FTE to the project.

Research Projects  

The Research Project Program aims to support innovative research that focuses on cognitive neuroscience. The goal of this funding mechanism is to provide support to junior investigators to develop an independent research program and acquire the preliminarydata necessary to apply for and obtain external federal funding. The benchmark of success for the CoNDA RPL is the award of RO-1 within 2-3 years. Successful CoNDA RPL applicants will receive up to $200,000 in direct costs per year for 2-3 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support. Applicants need to be in a tenure-leading position at rank of Assistant Professor or higher and not have or previously had an external, peer-reviewed RPG or Program Project Grant (PPG) from either a Federal or non-Federal source that names that investigator as the PD/PI (e.g.,an R01 or the equivalent). Applicants must be able to devote 0.5 FTE to the project.

Successful CoNDA RPL applicants will receive up to $200,000 in direct costs per year for 2-3 years, as well as access to the resources and equipment of the Center for professional development and project support.

Applicants need to be in a tenure-leading position at rank of Assistant Professor or higher and not have or previously had an external, peer-reviewed RPG or Program Project Grant (PPG) from either a Federal or non-Federal source that names that investigator as the PD/PI (e.g.,an R01 or the equivalent). Applicants must be able to devote 0.5 FTE to the project.

Proposal Development  
You are advised to involve your mentor(s) and relevant core directors for development of your proposal. Your project seems to align with CoNDA Priority areas. However, for your reference I am listing examples of Research Projects that would considerto be of high interest: Studies of neurodevelopmental disorders including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism Spectrum DisordersNeural mechanisms of psychiatric disease and/or psychiatric symptoms in other diseasesStudies examining the impact of stress on brain structure and/or function in development and agingStudies examining the impact of environmental contaminants on systems-level brain healthStudies of effects of altered brain activity (i.e., seizures) on the development of neurocognitive impairmentsImpact of neuroinflammation on brain structure and function across the lifespanImpact of COVID-19 on brain structure and function
 
Mechanisms and novel applications of brain stimulationNormative cognitive neuroscienceStudies of Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseasesStudies of the effects of exercise on cognitionStudies of sleep and neurocognitive disordersMentors: Research Project Leaders (RPLs) must select an academic mentor (internal) and a technical mentor, which can be external, based on their specific career guidance and research needs. The CONDA Center will compensate each at the rate of 0.5 months FTE from separate funds.
Additional Requirements  
Applicants are required to participate in CoNDA Center activities. RPLs must participate in a quarterly Research Development Forum with the center Director and mentors to discuss progress. RPL must also submit a mini “progress report,” on a quarterly basis which will list the status of manuscripts and grants and indicate their current uncommitted project budget. A presentation of progress will also be required at the yearly External Advisory Committee meeting. RPL will be expected to submit an investigator-initiated RPG application by the end of two years of COBRE support. Research Project grant recipient must participate in Center Enhancement and Programmatic Activities (e.g., CONDA Seminar series, retreats).
Budget Restrictions  
A minimum of 50% FTE is required for the Research Project Leader. Student/post-doctoral salary/wages are permissible. Wages for technical personnel are permissible. Any equipment (>$5,000 per item) and/or computer purchases must be well-justified. Renovation and/or Honorariums are not allowed. Travel to locations outside of the US & Canada is not allowed. Indirect Costs (F&A): Indirect costs associated with Research Project grant will be awarded to the investigator’s institution for NIH-funded pilots. Please work with Sponsored Programs office to ensure that your proposal budget includes your institution’s correct F&A rate.
Application Submission Process  
Applications should use standard NIH formatting requirements (½ inch margins, Arial size 11 font). The application should be submitted in a PDF format and sent by email to raj.dave@unmc.edu. There is no deadline. However, we encourage you to expedite your application submission process. The Application must include the following components:1. NIH format BioSketch for applicant and any other key personnel (if applicable).2. NIH Face Page (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html). This needs to be signed by your institutional official and all fields on the NIH Face Page must be complete and correct. Please leave dates of proposed period of support blank.3. Project summary (limited to 30 lines or less of text, ½ inch margins, Arial size 11)4. Research Plan: limited to six pages in total (sections included in italics)a. Specific Aim(s) (one page maximum, but can be shorter)b. Research Strategyi. Significance: a) therigor of prior research --the strengths and weaknesses of the research that is used to form the basis for the proposed research question.ii. Innovation
 
Approach: Can include preliminary data, although not required. Experimental design, includingsteps 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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-011.html).iv. Plans for extramural funding applications (e.g.,to NIH or other agencies, please specify) upon successful completion of this project. Please be specific with your plans.c. References (excluded from 6-pagelimit)5. Budget (please complete a budget for each of the three years of the project)6. Budget Justification: Provide a detailed budget justification. 
 
Plans for extramural funding applications (e.g.,to NIH or other agencies, please specify) upon successful completion of this project. Please be specific with your plans.
  • References: Excluded from 6-page limit.
  • Budget: Please complete a budget for each of the three years of the project.
  • Budget Justification: Provide a detailed budget justification.
Regulatory Approvals  

If your project includes vertebrate animals, final IACUC approval from UNMC is required before the project can be sent for NIGMS approval and before funds can be released. If your project includes human subjects, final IRB approval from your home institution is required beforethe project can be sent for NIGMS approval and before funds can be released. Protocols must be submitted to IACUC for approval within 10 days of notification of funding and final approval must be sent to us within 30 days.

Application Review: All applications will be sent to external experts in the field for review. Reviewers will use the NIH review criteria (Significance, Investigator(s), Innovation, Approach and Environment) and scoring system. Up to three reviewers will provide critiques on each application.