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IME Interdisciplinary Pilot Grants Program in Biomedical Research
October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9

We are pleased to announce a fourth round of IME Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant funding. Grants of $30,000 each will be awarded for support January 1–December 31, 2007. The Pilot Grants Program serves to advance interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty of the schools of medicine and engineering with each other and with other Penn schools in biomedical-related research. 

These are one-year grants to support pilot research that initiates or substantiates collaborations between two faculty investigators (designated Co-PIs) at least one of whom must be within SOM or SEAS. Of particular interest is the piloting of innovative approaches (ideas, technologies, devices) directed at basic or clinically relevant biomedical research. The goal of the program is to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data that may lead to a collaborative interdisciplinary grant application to the NIH or other agencies/foundations.  Post-pilot award outcomes will be surveyed.

Applications should meet the following criteria:

• The collaboration of two investigators from different Schools as Co-PIs; one must be in SOM.
• A clear statement of the enhanced impact of the interdisciplinary approach to the proposed project.
• An indication of how the preliminary work may lead to a full peer-reviewed grant proposal subsequent to the termination of the support.
• A brief cover letter stating commitment from each of the Co-PIs.
• A two page biosketch on each Co-PI.
• A list of current and pending research support of the Co-PIs.

The application length is restricted to a total of six pages plus literature citations.

A simple budget section is included in the limit. Sections to be covered are:

Introduction/Specific Aims
Preliminary Data (optional)—“out-of-the-box” thinking is encouraged
Research Design and Methods
Summary of Collaborative Added Value 

Faculty salary will not be supported. Studies proposing human or animal studies must comply with university procedures but formal submission to and approval of IACUC and IRB  Committees is not required at the time of submission. Grants of $30,000 each will be funded beginning January 1, 2007. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2006 (Applications handed in after 5 p.m. will not be considered). Awards will be announced by December 15. Funds will be available to awardees January 1.                                 

For additional information, contact Drs. Peter F. Davies at pfd@pobox.upenn.edu, or Paul A. Janmey at janmey@mail.med.upenn.edu, phone: (215) 573-7380 or Scott L. Diamond at sld@seas.upenn.edu, phone: (215) 573-5704. Applications should be submitted to: IME Interdisciplinary Pilot Grants Program, Attn. Marvin Jackson, 1010 Vagelos Building, 3340 Smith Walk/6383.

Almanac - October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9