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Yale Liver Center Invites Applications for Pilot Funding

April 08, 2021

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.

Please note the following dates on your calendar Friday, April 16, 2021: Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine Abu-Hanna at 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, May 14, 2021: Deadline for submission of full applications (one electronic copy) 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, May 28, 2021: Internal reviews of most competitive applications are returned to investigators for revisions.

Friday, June 18, 2021: Receipt of revised application deadline (one electronic copy) emailed to Christine Abu-Hanna by 5:00pm.

July or August 2021: 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).

September 1, 2021: Approved projects will begin funding.

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 below 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 below are required for this application. Pilot project applications should not exceed the page limits and format below:

A. FormPage1: FacePage

Complete entire form with the following exceptions:

2. Number: Title:

6. Date of proposed period of support: 9. Applicant Organization:

11 - 14.

  1. Form Page 2:

  2. Form Page 4:

  3. ResourcesFormatPage(1-pagelimit)

Not Applicable Yale Liver Center Pilot Project Program

From: 09/01/21 through 08/31/22

Name: Yale University Address: 150 Munson Street, 3rd Floor

P.O. Box 208327 New Haven, CT 06520-8327

Does not need to be completed

Project Summary, Relevance, Project/Performance Sites, Additional Project/Performance Sites, Senior/Key Personnel, Other Significant Contributors, and Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period: PLEASE NOTE: no PI’s salary is allowed; a salary may only be requested for project support personnel (for example; research/technical assistant). Cannot submit request for funding for travel or publications.

  1. Specific Aims (1⁄2 page limit) on continuation page

  2. Background and Significance (1-page limit) on continuation page

  3. PreliminaryResults(2-pagelimit)–on continuation pages

  4. ResearchDesignandMethods(2-pagelimit)–on continuation pages

  5. Biographical Sketch Format Page, one each for all key personnel - 5-page limit. Instructions here.

  6. Other support for all key personnel - on continuation page and follow format used in “Other Support Format Page”.

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

Submitted by Robert Forman on April 08, 2021