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Pilots Across the SPIRiT for Collaborative Research Projects: January 13

December 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 14

The Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale University together comprise the SPIRiT Consortium of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award Program. SPIRiT, the Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation, is pleased to announce the Pilots Across the SPIRiT (PATS) program that supports pilot research projects representing true collaborations between investigators from at least two of the SPIRiT sites. A true collaboration is one in which the investigator(s) from each of the participating sites has a significant, defined role in the research project. Although the participating investigators may have collaborated in the past, the research project proposed must be novel and not part of an ongoing project. In other words, the proposed research must represent a new collaboration between investigators from at least two SPIRiT sites or a new project conducted by existing collaborators from at least two SPIRiT sites. Proposed projects may address any aspect of clinical and translational science.

The principal investigator from each individual SPIRiT institution may request up to $25,000 in direct costs from her/his institution for research efforts to be conducted at that institution. For example, a project that is being proposed by a team of investigators from three SPIRiT sites can request $25,000 from each participating site for a total of $75,000 in direct costs. Monies will not be transferred from one institution to another. Additional budgetary restrictions may apply, as determined by policies and procedures at the individual participating institutions.

The Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) invites proposals from ITMAT Members.  It is not too late to become a Member or an Associate Member if you would like to apply for the grant and meet membership criterion.  If you are interested, please visit the membership section of our website (www.itmat.upenn.edu/membership.shtml) for details.

University of Pennsylvania proposals are due by January 13, 2012 at noon for a project start date of June 1, 2012. Late submissions will not be accepted nor will extensions be granted. Please visit our website at www.itmat.upenn.edu/membership.shtmlfor detailed instructions including the PDF documents required for submission via our Pilot Grants system.

—Garret A. FitzGerald, Director, ITMAT

Almanac - December 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 14