Joint UNC-NCSU BME Rehabilitation Engineering Center Seed Grant Program

The UNC-NCSU Rehabilitation Engineering Pilot Grant Program was established to facilitate collaboration between UNC and NCSU faculty for attaining larger grants, and to foster collaboration between undergraduate engineers at NCSU/UNC and Health Sciences students at UNC.

The UNC-NCSU Rehabilitation Engineering Pilot Grant Program was established to facilitate collaboration between UNC and NCSU faculty for attaining larger grants, and to foster collaboration between undergraduate engineers at NCSU/UNC and Health Sciences students at UNC. For grant funding we will consider proposals that foster advancement of clinically relevant rehabilitation engineering research through collaboration of NCSU and UNC faculty members.

Qualifications for Funding:
All grants need to involve new or enhanced collaboration in rehabilitation engineering between NCSU and UNC faculty. These are essentially multi-PI grants.

Funding:

  • Seed money grants (non- NC TraCS)


Seed money grants (Non-NCTraCS)
We will also fund seed grants to foster collaboration between UNC and NCSU faculty doing Rehabilitation Engineering. The awards will range from 5K-25K depending on the scope of the proposal and its ability to develop new collaborations or enhance existing ones. This must be clearly stated in the proposal. Faculty salary will NOT be supported but pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees can be supported if they meet the mission of fostering or enhancing collaboration between the institutions. All other expenses including but not limited to research assistants, equipment/supply, subject costs, travel and statistical support will be considered.

Acknowledgement
For all funding received, acknowledgment of the REC in all publications and presentations is required.

Application Deadlines and Guidelines for Academic Year 2011-2012

Seed Money Grants
There will be two deadlines for seed money grants:
March 1
These applications should be sent directly to the REC co-interim Directors.

Seed Money Grants Format:
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file with 1.5 line spacing, font no smaller than Arial 11, and 1-inch margins. Application sections should occur in the following order:
1. Cover Sheet (see attached at end of announcement).
2. Scientific Abstract. A summary of the proposal for use by review committee members (250 words).
3. Project Timeline.
4. Human and/or Animal Subjects. Although Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) approval is not required prior to submission, briefly describe any human and/or animal subject issues. If human subjects will be involved in the research, provide a description of their involvement and characteristics, specific risks to subjects who participate, and protection against those risks. Describe the sources of materials that will be obtained from human subjects as part of their study participation. Provide assurance that the project will be reviewed and approved by the UNC and/or NCSU IRB and comply with HIPAA. If vertebrate animals are to be used, provide a description of the proposed use of the animals in the work outlined and procedures for ensuring that discomfort, distress, pain and injury will be limited. Projects involving animal subjects must be reviewed and approved by an IACUC.
5. Research Plan (5 pages, including tables and figures). The Research Plan should follow the standard NIH format: Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach. Include where applicable clear evidence of
how the proposal meets the review criteria. References do not count towards the 5-page limit. Be sure to clearly address how this research is a collaboration that enhances an ongoing collaboration or helps to form a new collaboration in rehabilitation engineering.
6. Budget. Use PHS 398 Form Page 4 .
7. Budget Justification. The Budget Justification should include sufficient detail for reviewers to assess whether appropriate resources have been requested.
8. Other Support. Provide a complete list of all sources of salary and research support of the PI. Clearly indicate whether an existing source of support is contributing to this research project.
9. NIH Biosketches for the key members of the research team.

Review Criteria
1. Significance of the work to Rehabilitation Engineering
2. Novelty/Innovation of the research idea
3. Collaboration between UNC-CH and NCSU faculty. These grants are essentially multi-PI grants.
4. Potential to lead to future major grants
5. Potential for the project to lead to a commercialization opportunity
6. Soundness of the proposed methods
7. If a senior level PI, the application represents a new research direction
8. Feasibility of accomplishing the stated project goals within the one-year project period

For more information please contact the Interim Co-Directors:

Rick Segal PT, PhD, FAPTA
Professor and Director
Division of Physical Therapy
Co-Interim Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Center
UNC at Chapel Hill
CB# 7135
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
Voice: (919) 843-8660
FAX: (919) 966-3678
richard_segal@med.unc.edu
http://www.med.unc.edu/ahs/physical/faculty/richard-l-segal-pt-phd

or

Dr. Richard A. Wysk
Dopaco Distinguished Professor
Co-Interim Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Center
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Campus Box 9706
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
Voice: 919-515-1549
FAX: 919-515-5281
rawysk@ncsu.edu
http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/wysk/

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