SOM Boost Funding Request For Applications

The SOM is inviting applications from faculty for Boost awards, which are designed to boost the chances of funding for an NIH grant (or similar) that has been reviewed favorably but needs additional revisions and preliminary data in order to be funded on resubmission.

When Apr 24, 2019
from 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM
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UNC School of Medicine (SOM) faculty are extremely successful in their efforts to obtain funding for their research, even though the funding climate has become increasingly competitive. The SOM recognizes that it often takes multiple submissions and additional experimental data to get a new project funded, particularly as a new investigator, or with a more complex, multi-PI project.

In support of these efforts, the SOM Office of Research is inviting applications from faculty for Boost awards, which are designed to boost the chances of funding for an NIH grant (or similar) that has been reviewed favorably but needs additional revisions and preliminary data in order to be funded on resubmission. Please note that Boost awards are distinct from the OoR bridge funding program, which provides funds for bridging A1 renewal applications for ongoing, not new, projects.

Award Information

Up to $25,000 will be provided to successful applicants for lab supplies, animal expenses, core services, and salary for research support personnel for up to a 12-month period during the preparation of a revised proposal. Boost funds cannot be used for faculty salary, equipment, travel, or administrative costs. 

Eligibility Criteria

1. Funding must be requested for a new NIH R01 or equivalent that has been reviewed previously within the last 12 months.

2. The proposal must have been administratively routed through the SOM.

3. Applicant/PI must have no more than 2 R01s (or equivalent) of funding.

4. Applicant/PI must have no more than $50k of startup, retention, or other similar funding available to offset project costs. 

5. Although all eligible applicants are welcome, priority will be given to K to R01 transitions, early stage investigators, and multi-PI team projects.

For more information about the award and a list of the required application materials, please review the RFA which can be found under "Boost Funding" within the OoR Funding Section of our websiteThe deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Please email application materials to Jennifer Brennan in the Office of Research (oor_submissions@med.unc.edu). Contact Jennifer with any questions: 919-966-8089.

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