SHORT NOTICE FUNDING OPP: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Pilot Innovator Grants

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is accepting applications for pilot grants from young investigators to help them explore new lines of research. The program aims to support young investigators exploring innovative new research in multiple sclerosis (MS) with the potential of high impact; to encourage young investigators from other disciplines to apply their expertise to MS; to foster new collaborations among young investigators aimed at addressing critical problems relating to MS; and to provide young investigators with the support needed to collect the preliminary data required to obtain additional multi-year research funding for their projects. Award amount up to $120,000. Application deadline is Nov. 14, 2016.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity: 

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation: Pilot Innovation Grants
http://www.hiltonfoundation.org

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is accepting applications for pilot grants from young investigators to help them explore new lines of research. The program aims to support young investigators exploring innovative new research directions in multiple sclerosis (MS) with the potential of high impact; to encourage young investigators from other disciplines to apply their expertise to MS; to foster new collaborations among young investigators aimed at addressing critical problems relating to MS; and to provide young investigators with the support needed to collect the preliminary data required to obtain additional multi-year research funding for their projects. The Foundation is interested in exploring mechanisms behind disease progression, finding biomarkers for progression, and potential new therapeutic targets. While the Foundation is not strictly limiting the scope of these awards to research into progressive MS, proposals chosen to advance will likely reflect this interest. Up to 10 pilot innovator grants will be awarded. Projects involving two co-PIs are more likely to be funded at the maximum level than projects involving one principal investigator. Funds to purchase major items of equipment are discouraged for this program, as are requests for travel funds. All animal and human subject protocols must receive the required institutional approvals prior to the release of grant funds.

Application Deadline: Nov. 14, 2016. Invited full applications due Feb. 20, 2017. Award announcements will be made by June 2017 with anticipated grant start date of July 1, 2017. Application Guidelines for the award: https://www.hiltonfoundation.org/priorities/multiple-sclerosis/award (details are found after the Bridging Award information). 

The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please email cfr@unc.edu or phone 919-962-2867.

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