DAVIS INSTITUTE OF HEALTH ECONOMICS
2006 PILOT PROJECTS PROGRAM
FOR PROPOSALS IN
HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: May 15, 2006
Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is sponsoring another round of
the LDI Pilot Projects Program and invites applications for innovative,
interdisciplinary health services research. By funding pilot studies, LDI
seeks to help Senior Fellows attract external support for large-scale studies.
LDI is requesting proposals for pilot research, and evaluation projects
investigating emerging problems and policy issues in delivery and management
of health care and for evaluation of new approaches in health care systems
organization and financing, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and
outcomes research. This call for proposals is intended to:
five pilot projects up to $20,000 each will be competitively awarded under
this solicitation. Projects will be awarded for a nine-month period. Projects
must be completed by
research ideas among the Penn community,
Penn researchers attract support and resources from external sources
for large-scale studies, and
the development of new collaborations between investigators of different
backgrounds and disciplines.
December 31, 2007.
and Selection Criteria
An LDI Senior Fellow must be the principal investigator in order for a
proposal to be considered; however co-investigators can be non-Senior
Fellows. Potential applicants could be young investigators seeking to
establish independent directions, or established investigators pursuing
new directions. Pilot funds should be seen as "venture capital"
leading toward greater funding opportunities through traditional sources,
and will be evaluated in part by their explicit discussion of the pilot
project's ability to increase the likelihood of attracting externally
funded proposals. Investigators who have already received funding for
their proposed projects are not eligible for this solicitation.
will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The scientific
merit of the study, including the quality and availability of the data
to be used, and the strength of the proposed methodology;
- The uniqueness
and innovativeness of the study and potential for new insights into
methodological, ethical and/or health policy issues in health services;
- The project's
potential for developing into larger projects that attract external
- The investigative
team's experience and qualifications for conducting the project.
- The relevance
and timeliness of the project for informing public policy
All investigators receiving Pilot Project grant funds must submit a final
report to the Leonard Davis Institute at the end of the funding period.
Investigators may also be requested to present their results at a research
seminar series at LDI. Investigators must acknowledge LDI support on all
publications and other products of the program and send copies of all
products to the LDI.
Funds may be used to support project staff salaries and benefits, consultant
fees, data management, supplies and other direct expenses. Funds may not
support faculty or fellow salaries, travel to meetings to present work,
LDI Senior Fellows should submit an electronic version of the proposal
and one paper copy of the proposal (including signed cover sheet) to LDI.
This proposal must contain the following items:
- A completed,
signed paper copy of the LDI Pilot Projects Program cover sheet. Click
here for cover sheet: http://www.upenn.edu/ldi/2006.pilot.form.html
(Complete on-line, print out for signatures.)
- A project
abstract (not to exceed 250 words)
- A project
description (up to four pages, single-spaced) which contains the following
A synopsis of the proposed research
A statement of the project's principal
objectives, significance and impact
A description of the research plan and
methodologies to be employed
A clear discussion of how the data will
be collected (if relevant)
An explicit discussion of how this pilot
project will enhance the investigator's ability to
attract additional external sponsorship,
specifying future potential funding sources
budget that justifies the specific items requested and assigns a priority
to each item (not to exceed one page)
Investigator's (PI's) biosketch with selected relevant publications
(not to exceed two pages)
of PI's current research support
pending proposals for the same project
of PI's research support received during the past three years
biosketch(es) with selected relevant publications (not to exceed two
- One copy
of appendices (if included).
send this proposal to the University Office of Research Administration
before submitting it to LDI. As a condition of funding, PIs of all approved
proposals must submit an affirmative letter from ORA indicating that the
project meets all regulatory standards, but these approvals should not
be obtained prior to submitting the proposal to LDI.
for submitting applications is May 15, 2006.
Awards will be announced by June 30, 2006.
should be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
One hard copy of the application should be submitted to:
3641 Locust Walk/6218
Attn: Joanne Levy
information, please contact Joanne Levy by telephone (215) 898-1655, fax
(215) 898-0229 or e-mail email@example.com.
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