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Application Information


The NIH/NIDDK P30 Liver Center grant provides for the annual submission of pilot projects (up to $40,000 direct costs each) from both Liver Center and non-Liver Center investigators.

The purposes of the pilots are to fund new initiatives, not ongoing research, and to support new investigators to pursue liver related research that should lead to future R01-type funding or other support. Projects utilizing Core Facilities and supporting young investigators or applying new methodologies or approaches to the study of liver pathophysiology are given priority.

Investigators should meet one of the following criteria, in order of priority:

  1. Senior fellows or junior faculty at Yale, currently not funded by NIH grants and in need of funds to help prepare for R01-type applications.
  2. Established University investigators not currently funded for work related to the Center’s focus on liver related research, but who wish to apply their areas of expertise to subjects of Center interest.
  3. Funded Center investigators who wish to pursue a project that is different from their current focus of interest, and who needs to develop preliminary data to apply for new R01-type funding.

Pilot grants will undergo two levels of review: first from Center executive committee and then from our External Advisory Board. The Board will convene at Yale in July or August to determine a priority score for each request and can approve or disapprove the project or modify the budget. No pilot projects can be submitted for more than two consecutive years. All current pilot project recipients must follow the same guidelines to request a second year of funding.

Important Dates

Please note the following dates on your calendar:

Friday, August 18, 2023

Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine Abu-Hanna by 5:00pm.

The letter of intent must include the following:

  1. Academic position, VISA status and future scientific plans regarding liver-related research
  2. Title of pilot project and
  3. A sentence as to the applicability of the pilot project to the Liver Center. Projects must make use of the Center’s facilities.

Upon Letter of Intent review by the Executive Committee, applicants will be notified whether they can submit a full application.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Deadline for submission of full applications (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine Abu-Hanna by 5:00pm. This should include all documents listed below. Due to pilot projects being internally funded, a TranSum and Office of Sponsored Projects approval/signature is not required.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Internal reviews of most competitive applications are returned to investigators for revisions.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Receipt of revised application deadline (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine Abu-Hanna by 5:00pm.

December 2023 or January 2024

External Advisory Board meets to make final decisions on awards. Applicants will be expected to present their pilot project to the Board on this date (approximately 15 minutes).

March 1, 2024

Approved projects will begin funding.

Application Instructions

The general format of the NIH research project applications on fillable individual PHS 398 forms Rev. 3/20 approved through 02/28/2023 must be used to request pilot funding. Please only use forms listed in the instructions and submit in the order listed. To download forms, please click here. If using the PDF forms, Adobe Acrobat Professional software is required to save/edit your application on the forms required when submitting your application.

Only the pages listed are required for this application. Pilot project applications should not exceed the page limits and format instructions. Please read the instructions carefully.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager, Christine Abu-Hanna at 203-785-5610 or email.

Publication Acknowledgment

To cite the Liver Center in your publications please use the following statement:

”This project was supported in part by the Yale Liver Center award NIH P30 DK034989 ________ core.”
(insert name of core(s) that you used-Morphology, Cellular Molecular, Clinical-Translational)