UNC Peers for Progress is funded as the Community, Family, and Peer Support Core of the University of Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research. UNC-Chapel Hill researchers are eligible to apply for Pilot and Feasibility awards of up to $50,000 through the Michigan Center.
UNC Peers for Progress is funded as the Community, Family, and Peer Support Core of the University of Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (CDTR). The core is do-directed by Daphne Watkins, professor of social work at Michigan and Ed Fisher, professor of public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Because of this connection, UNC-Chapel Hill colleagues are eligible to apply for Pilot and Feasibility awards of up to $50,000 through the Michigan CDTR.
Chairs, program directors and applicants should consider whether co-funding might be available to enable the Michigan CDTR to fund more projects. UNC-Chapel Hill applicants are instructed to contact both Professor Ed Fisher, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Core Manager, Patrick Tang, email@example.com, so that we may advise on details of the program and the application process.
This Pilot and Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is sponsored by the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR). Its purpose is to promote research in diabetes by new and established investigators at the University of Michigan and the UNC-Chapel Hill. The ultimate goal of the program is to accelerate the pace of research and enable awardees to generate sufficient preliminary data for successful applications for major research funding from the NIH or other national granting agency.
Grant proposals should focus on type 2 translational research and address key questions related to the prevention or treatment of diabetes, its complications or related endocrine or metabolic disorders (for example; obesity or metabolic syndrome). Type 2 translational research projects should focus on the translation of research advances into clinical or community practice including the identification of barriers to widespread adoption of new science and the testing of interventions to overcome those barriers. Research may also focus on topics related to social determinants of health and health equity.
Individuals who have instructional, research or clinical faculty positions at the University of Michigan and UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators for P/F proposals. Eligible applicants are: a) new investigators beginning careers in diabetes-related research; b) established investigators who have not previously worked in diabetes research but wish to focus their expertise on diabetes; or c) established diabetes investigators who propose innovative research in diabetes that represents a clear departure from their ongoing research. This new direction cannot be an extension or outgrowth of research currently being undertaken by the applicant. Priority will be given to applications from early-stage investigators beginning careers in diabetes-related translational research.
P/F proposals should be for one year of support, with requested funding up to $50,000 direct costs.
Proposals are due Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Each proposal will receive extramural peer review by recognized experts in the area of the proposal. Funding of P/F grants that receive favorable review is anticipated to begin Aug. 1, 2022.