2015 Call for Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science Pilot Project Proposals (UNC Post-Docs)

The UNC SOM Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science and Lung Health P50 plans to award 2-3 pilot projects (up to $3,000 in direct costs) to UNC-CH postdoctoral fellows.

The purpose of the pilot projects are to allow fellows to pursue tobacco regulation research related to the effects of new and emerging tobacco products (e.g., little cigars, hookah, e-cigs, etc.) on innate defense. Pilot projects should seek to characterize the health effects of new and emerging tobacco products in an effort to inform the FDA’s tobacco regulatory practices. Please note that by law, the FDA can only fund studies that directly pertain to tobacco regulatory science, and they cannot fund research that will not inform or advise a future tobacco policy.

Graduate students are NOT eligible to apply.

Important Dates

Friday, August 14, 2015: Deadline for submission of Letter of Intent emailed to Flori Sassano (msassano@unc.edu) by 5:00pm. The one-page Letter of Intent must include the following:

  1. Name and academic position
  2. Title of the pilot project
  3. Future scientific plans regarding new and emerging tobacco products (i.e., “Research Outline”)
  4. Statement regarding the applicability of the proposed pilot project to the UNC Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science and Lung Health

Monday, August 21, 2015: Invitation to submit a full application

Friday, September 4, 2015. Deadline for submission of full application emailed to Flori Sassano at msassano@unc.edu by 5:00pm. The necessary forms for the full application are available here. Applications should not exceed the page limits and format below:

  1. Form Page 1: Face Page (Q2. Number, n/a; Q2. Title, UNC School of Medicine TCORS Pilot Project Program; Date of proposed period of supports, 09/01/2014 through 08/31/2015; Q11-Q13 do not need to be completed)
  2. Form Page 2: Summary, Relevance, Project/Performance Sites, Senior/Key Personnel, Other Significant Contributors, and Human Embryonic Stem Cells (Project Summary and Relevance sections should not exceed the box provided; Relevance refers to how the pilot project will contribute to the overall theme of the UNC Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science and Lung Health/Innate Defense)
  3. Continuation Format Page (Research strategy including background, specific aims, and any preliminary data; 3-5 pages not including references)
  4. Form Page 4:  Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period (salary or funding for travel not allowed)
  5. Biographical Sketch Format Page (see Biographical Sketch Sample)

Friday, September 18, 2015. Provisional notice of awards. (N.B., all awards must be approved by the NIH/FDA before funds can be released.  Awards must be aligned with the mission of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (Click here for more details).

Previously funded Projects:

In total, 5 Pilot & Feasibility Projects were funded in year 2.  These included 2 P&F projects from post-doctoral fellows. The awards were as follows:

  • Immune Responses of Secondhand Hookah Smoke in Healthy Human Subjects. Jaime Mirowsky
  • The Effect of Electronic Cigarette sLiquids on Natural Killer Cell Function. Erica Pawlak



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