Yale/NIDA Neuroproteomics Center Pilot Research Project Grants

This Pilot Research Program provides short term funding to obtain preliminary data so that applicants can apply to funding agencies for longer term grant support. These awards provide a small amount of funding (up to $15,000 D.C.) to help pay for the cost of preparing samples for proteomic analyses in the Center’s Cores:


The Pilot Program encourages applications from Center members, postdoctoral trainees and higher level research staff working with Center investigators, young investigators initiating a research program, more senior investigators in other fields who have expertise and novel ideas that can be applied to substance abuse research, and substance abuse researchers who can see the potential for applying the Center’s neuroproteomics technologies to their research.

Awards will be for one year. Applications will be accepted from all Yale and non-Yale Center investigators as well as other investigators interested in carrying out substance abuse research that is directly related to the Center’s theme of the “Proteomics of Altered Signaling in Addiction":


Awards made to non-Center investigators will be accompanied by Center membership for at least the term of the award. Priority will be given to new projects that are directly related to our Center’s theme and to collaborative projects involving multiple investigators. The receipt deadline for the next round of Pilot Research Project grant applications, which is dependent upon renewal of the Center’s competing grant application, will be posted on this page and would be anticipated to be about 8/2014.

Applications should follow PHS398 format except they are limited to 3 pages or less for items #1-5 below:

  1. Specific Aims (including the title of the proposed research project, name/title of the PI, and institution)
  2. Significance
  3. Innovation
  4. Approach (must address the review criteria outlined below and include Preliminary Results if applicable)
  5. Budget: for the purpose of the application this section only needs a 1-2 sentence general description of the proposed use of the funds. Successful applicants will need to submit a detailed NIH-style budget prior to award.
  6. NIH-style Biographical Sketch of the proposed PI

Criteria for review will include:

  1. Scientific merit as judged by the significance and innovation of the proposed research.
  2. Relevance to the Center’s theme of "Proteomics of Altered Signaling in Addiction"
  3. Does the proposal use one or more of the Center’s cores effectively?
  4. Is the application from an investigator who qualifies under one of the four applicant categories?
  5. Will the proposal develop biotechnology, bioinformatics, or biostatistics resources or tools that may directly benefit the research programs of multiple Center investigators?
  6. In addition, higher priority is given to applications that:
    1. are from young investigators as one of the goals of the pilot projects grant program is to enable promising young researchers to obtain sufficient preliminary data to support NIH and other grant applications that we hope will help to launch successful careers in substance abuse research.
    2. that originate from new projects/directions or from Center investigators who have not yet used the Center’s cores.
    3. involve collaborative research by investigators from multiple Center laboratories.

If you are interested in applying for Pilot Project Grant funding please send a few sentence description of the proposed project together with a project title and the name, title, and institution of the proposed PI to Ken Williams  or Angus Nairn.