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Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive & Liver Diseases Grants
January 30, 2007, Volume 53, No. 20

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases is accepting applications to its 2007 Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program. Submissions should be related to the focus of the Center, which encompasses molecular studies of the biology and disease of the alimentary tract, pancreas, and liver. Relevant investigations include those in developmental biology, nutrition, regulations of gene expression, growth, differentiation and carcinogenesis, the biology of stems cells, molecular genetics, gene therapy, and immunology, including growth factors and cytokines. An External Advisory Committee will review the applications and select projects for funding. Friday, March 30, 2007 is the closing date for submissions.

Dr. Anil K. Rustgi, Director, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases

Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program

Purpose and Research Focus

The purpose of the Center is to unite investigators with interests in digestive and liver physiology and disease and to stimulate others in the biomedical community to enter this area of research. One of the most important aspects of this effort is the funding of Pilot/Feasibility Projects. The Pilot/Feasibility Project should be related to the focus of the Center, which encompasses molecular studies of the biology or disease of the alimentary tract, pancreas, and liver. Relevant investigations include those in developmental biology, nutrition, cancer, regulation of gene expression, therapy, immunology, growth factors and cytokines, and fibrosis. The Center is committed to the technical support of the funded projects; in addition to monetary awards, recipients are able to use Center core facilities (please see website below).

Eligibility

• All faculty members of the University scientific community who meet the eligibility requirements below are invited to submit proposals. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent visas.

• Categories of applicants include: 1. New investigators who have never held extramural support (R29, R01, P01). (Faculty below the level of Assistant Professor must provide a letter of independence from their department chairman or division chief.) 2. Established investigators in other areas of biomedical research who wish to apply their expertise to a problem in digestive and liver disease. 3. Established digestive and liver investigators who wish to study an area that represents a significant departure from currently funded work.

• Pilot project awardees are eligible for two years of funding; renewals are evaluated competitively. Applicants submitting renewal applications must include a progress report as part of the application.

*For the application, go to: www.uphs.upenn.edu/moleculr/Pilot_Project_Program/2007.application.htm.

Almanac - January 30, 2007, Volume 53, No. 20