Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Call for Applications Pilot and Innovation Research Program
The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is now accepting applications for Pilot Projects. The purpose of this funding mechanism is to provide a new opportunity and resources to support innovative, collaborative research relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the nation. The funding for these pilot studies is derived from the CCTS program in partnership with other UK Centers, and with other Universities in the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN). This award will give priority to studies with a disease focus, community engagement, or with collaboration between UK and other Universities.
The categories of awards will be as follows: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Pilot funding of up to $25,000, in total direct cost, will be made available to support meritorious projects conducted in partnership with community members and designed to address a health issue of concern to the community.
Priority will be given to applications involving CCTS Community Engagement field office staff located within the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard and/or St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead. A letter of support from the field office should be included in the application if staff will be involved. A plan for sharing research findings with members of the community will be required which will help in dissemination of findings into the community.
Specifically, areas of emphasis are:
- All proposals must have a community engagement component as part of the research plan.
- Proposals involving translation of knowledge into community based health or healthcare.
Community engagement research focused on the Appalachian regions of Kentucky. Pilot studies which generate critical preliminary data that will help to obtain extramural funding. Proposals focused on health promotion and preventative medicine. o Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions. o Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. o Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators. HEALTH DISPARITIES Pilot funding of up to $25,000, in total direct cost, will be made available to support meritorious translational projects which focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities. All applications must target two or more social determinants of health or two or more levels of influence (individual, interpersonal, organizational, community or public policy) to propose a study which examines or proposes to intervene in achieving health equity for a vulnerable population. Pilot projects must include a qualified mentor and mentoring plan where appropriate (if new or early stage investigator is proposed as pilot PI). 2 o Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions. o Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. o Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators. THE RESOURCE CENTER FOR STABLE ISOTOPE-RESOLVED METABOLOMICS The Resource Center for Stable Isotope-Resolved Metabolomics (RC-SIRM) at the University of Kentucky is one of six NIH Common Fund supported Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Centers. The overall mission of the Center is to enable cutting-edge approaches and to provide state-of-the-art instrumentation for stable isotope-resolved metabolomics (SIRM), thus promoting fundamental and translational systems biochemistry research in the life sciences. The Resource Center for Stable Isotope-Resolved Metabolomics (RC-SIRM) specializes in Stable Isotope Resolved Metabolomics (SIRM) using a variety of high end mass spectrometry platforms and NMR. The Center is tasked not only with establishing collaborations and fee-for service research, but also education, and pilot projects. Internal pilot projects are being funded by RC-SIRM in collaboration with the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS). FUNDING INFORMATION: Individual project awards, up to $25,000 in total costs over a 12-month period, will be made on a competitive basis. $10,000 will be in the form of direct funds, the remainder will be for metabolic analytical services “in kind” in CESB [for details of services, see http://bioinformatics.cesb.uky.edu/bin/view/RCSIRM/]. Proposed costs should be commensurate with the work. It is anticipated that 2 pilot or feasibility grants of up to $25,000 total costs will be awarded that have a substantial underlying metabolic component, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes or inborn errors of metabolism. Sufficient justification and detail should be provided to validate the need and cost of each item. The budget will be comprehensively reviewed to insure that the funds being requested are relevant to the research being proposed. PRIORITIES FOR FUNDING: Young investigators who wish to incorporate metabolic studies into their research programs, A demonstrated need for metabolomics especially with tracer methodology, A clear translational component. 3 DISEASE FOCUS The following categories of awards are open to UK full-time faculty members. Funding for these awards will include contributions from other UK Centers; therefore applications are encouraged with the following focus: Cancer: One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be made available to support meritorious projects that address translational studies related to cancer. Translational projects with a focus on Appalachian Eastern Kentucky will be given high priority. Potential studies could range from basic mechanisms that contribute to the high incidence of cancer in Appalachia to population-based cancer prevention and control studies. o Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions. o Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. o Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators. Diabetes and Obesity: One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be made available to support meritorious projects that address basic and clinical translational aspects of diabetes and/or obesity. o Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions. o Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. o Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. Spinal Cord and Brain Research Injury: One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be made available to support meritorious projects that address basic and clinical translational aspects of injuries to the spinal cord and brain that result in paralysis or other loss of neurologic function. o Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions. 4 o Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. o Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative diseases: One award of up to $25,000, in total direct cost, will be given to a meritorious project that focuses on innovative basic translational and clinical studies relevant to aging and/or Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Basic science proposals with a focus on translational research relevant to AD are strongly encouraged and of particular interest. Clinical proposals that investigate risk factors, prevention, preclinical AD, caregiving, minority populations, vascular cognitive impairment, cognitive processes, and neuroimaging are also encouraged. In addition, researchers are encouraged, where possible, to incorporate and communicate with investigator in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging existing Cores (Clinical, Neuropathology, Data Management & Statistics, and Outreach & Recruitment) in order to strengthen their research plan. The applicant must clarify how the pilot funding will potentially lead to major support to sustain the research efforts after the end of the one-year grant. o Eligibility is limited to full-time faculty (all title series including regular, research, clinical and special) at the University of Kentucky and affiliated institutions). o Applications from junior (or new to UK) faculty wishing to pursue Aging and AD research are strongly encouraged. o Applications from senior faculty with the aim of turning their well-developed expertise toward Aging and AD are also strongly encouraged. For this category of funding ONLY, applicants must adhere to the following ADC pilot grant 2018 requirements and deadline: http://www.ccts.uky.edu/ccts/sites/default/files/ADC_Pilot_RFA_2018_v2.doc PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS Within the ATRN, other universities will contribute funds to this pilot grant program, and awards will be given that involve collaborative partnership relations with investigators at these institutions. The following are the guidelines that apply to these awards. University of Kentucky/University of Cincinnati collaborative grant: One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be given to a meritorious project that involves collaboration between investigators at UKCCTS and the CCTST-University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC). This project will involve an equal contribution from each institution, and will require Co-PI’s from each institution. 5 The research award is designed to stimulate collaboration between the respective campuses as well as increase community engaged research and/or pediatric research. Specifically, this joint award aims to catalyze the development or enhance the maturation of multi-institutional research teams capable of performing highly innovative, extramurally fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our citizens. The proposal must be joint applications by collaborators from the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Cincinnati. Full-time faculty of UK and University of Cincinnati and their affiliated institutions are eligible to apply. Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators Please direct all questions to: At Cincinnati: James Flessa, at FLESSAJW@UCMAIL.UC.EDU At UK: Elodie Elayi, at email@example.com or (859) 323-7939 in Lexington, KY. Marshall University: One award of up to $25,000, in total direct cost, will be awarded to meritorious projects from investigators at Marshall University. The purpose of this funding mechanism is to encourage collaborative projects between multi–institutional research teams capable of performing highly innovative, extramural, fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our citizens. Collaborative projects with UK investigators are encouraged, but not necessary. Preferred area of investigation is translational research in obesity, but all biomedical, clinical and translational research will be considered. Full-time faculty of Marshall University are eligible to apply. Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators Please direct all questions to: At MU: Cindy Bailey Bailey332@marshall.edu At UK: Elodie.firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 323-7939 in Lexington, KY. University of Kentucky/ West Virginia University Collaborative Grant: One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be given to a clinical and translational project that address health and health care issues relevant to the WVCTSI and UKCCTS and that is likely to lead to longer-term collaborative efforts will receive the strongest consideration for funding. This includes not only biomedical, clinical, and population research, but also research in areas that enhance clinical and translational research, such as biomedical informatics, biostatistics research and community based projects. The proposal must be joint applications by collaborators from the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of West Virginia. Full-time faculty of UK and University of Cincinnati and their affiliated institutions are eligible to apply. 6 Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators. Volunteer faculty and adjunct faculty are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be coinvestigators Please direct all questions to: At West Virginia: Camille Charlier email@example.com At UK: Elodie Elayi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 323-7939 in Lexington, KY. University of Kentucky/Wake Forest University collaborative grant: One award of up to $50,000, in total direct cost, will be given to a meritorious project that involves collaboration between investigators at UKCCTS and Wake Forest CTSI. This project will involve an equal contribution from each institution, and will require Co-PI's from each institution. The research award is designed to stimulate collaboration between the respective campuses. Specifically, this joint award aims to catalyze the development or enhance the maturation of multi-institutional research teams capable of performing highly innovative, extramurally fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Appalachia. The research topic must be related to clinical and translational science and can be any health-related topic that addresses a significant health issue identified by the community. Research activities may include but are not limited to: conducting community assessments, analyzing existing data, pilot testing data collection instruments or procedures, conducting formative research on intervention strategies or messages, and testing intervention feasibility. Proposals must be joint applications by collaborators from Wake Forest and UK The research plan demonstrates that the heath issue being addressed has been defined by the community as a pressing problem. Projects involving disease associated with Appalachian North Carolina and Kentucky are highly desirable. The project must propose studies that not only address the identified health problem, but also include a component or approach that will provide a generalizable result that will advance translational science in fields beyond that of that disease or health issue. The Wake Forest Principal Investigator partner must be a Wake Forest faculty member. The UK Principal Investigator must be a UK faculty member. Investigators in training including residents, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows are NOT eligible to serve as PIs but may be co-investigators Please direct all questions to: At Wake Forest: Lindsay Trost, at email@example.com or (336) 713-8126 At UK: Elodie Elayi, at Elodie.firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 323-7939 in Lexington, KY. 7 Applications will be accepted and reviewed according to the following schedule Call for Applications Letter of Intent deadline PI selected for Full Application Notification Full ApplicationIRB Approval – and GCP Training Receipt Deadline Funding Decision January 31, 2018 February 28, 2018 (5:00 pm) April 20 , 2018 May 14, 2018 (5:00 pm) July 2018 SCOPE: Within the general guidelines outlined above, the types of projects that will be considered within this mechanism include projects that: Stimulate the development of new clinical and translational inter- and multidisciplinary teams. Provide support for junior investigators. Promote community-based research. Develop new methodologies to leverage institutional strengths and new initiatives. Pursue high-risk, high reward studies. Encourage collaboration across the PRIORITIES FOR FUNDING: The main priorities for funding are: the scientific merit of the project, clear clinical and translational relevance, and the likelihood that funding will result in submission of a competitive application for extramural funding. Where appropriate, priority will be awarded based upon the strength of the mentorship team, the research team, or the partnership between other Universities. Other priorities for funding include: Multidisciplinary research teams representing the basic, clinical and/or applied sciences with an emphasis on bridging the divisions between basic and clinical scientists. Novel research methods in translational sciences. Pilot studies which generate critical preliminary data that will help to obtain extramural funding. Proposals that address an important question in clinical and/or translational research that impacts human health. Biomedical informatics collaborative projects. Priority will be given to collaborations among biomedical (basic science, genomic, clinical, public health) researchers and informatics researchers. The goal is to fund work that can lead to publications and pilot data to help secure extramural funding. Sample research collaborations (along with related NIH RFAs) could include, but are not limited to: Social network analysis and health (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR11- 314.html) Development of tools and models to improve our ability to prepare for, identify and 8 prevent the spread of infectious diseases (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfafiles/RFA-GM-14-007.html) Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Cancer Detection (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-189.html) Development of enabling informatics technologies to improve the acquisition, management, analysis, and dissemination of data and knowledge in cancer research (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-288.html) Integrative omics data analysis for discovery in lung diseases (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-155.html) Developing and/or applying systems science methodologies to better understand the pathways between social, economic, and environmental causes of poor health.(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-314.html) Information visualization, text mining, or data mining approaches for knowledge discovery and hypothesis generation from biomedical text or data (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-208.html) Understanding individuals' personal health information management needs and practices to inform consumer health information technology (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pafiles/PA-11-199.html) Using simulations to improve patient safety (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pafiles/PAR-11-024.html) Novel technologies for healthy independent living (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pafiles/PAR-11-021.html) Improving health care quality through health information technology (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-269.html) Research in biomedical informatics and computational biology that will support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-218.html) FUNDING INFORMATION: Individual project awards, up to $50,000 in total direct costs over an 18-month period, will be made on a competitive basis. Proposed costs should be commensurate with the work. Sufficient justification and detail should be provided to validate the need and cost of each item. The budget will be comprehensively reviewed to insure that the funds being requested are relevant to the research being proposed. ALLOWABLE COSTS Funds are to be used for the conduct of the project, including supplies, subject payments, assays, etc. Travel funds that are needed for study conduct are allowed, if essential. To support collaborations between basic scientists and clinician scientists and to promote clinicians scientists involvement in the proposed project, a supplement of up to $25,000 for up to 10% effort may be requested for a clinician scientist. Please refer to the eligibility criteria listed below. Research DOE for Clinician Scientists – Guidelines 1. Research DOE provided for a clinician scientist collaborating with a basic scientist. The respective roles of the basic and clinical scientist must be well described and both must be essential to performing the project. 2. Basic scientist and clinicians as Co-PIs on pilot proposal; (i.e. clinician involvement cannot be casual). 9 3. Role of clinician scientist must be different from standard of care clinical role. If clinician involvement in research project does not result in decrease in generation of RVUs, then no additional research DOE should be requested for clinician scientist. For example, if a clinician provides discarded tissue samples from a procedure that does not require any additional time/effort, the clinician’s involvement would not qualify for research DOE. 4. Research DOE for clinical scientist will be requested as a supplement to the pilot proposal. 5. Clinician scientist may be physician, dentist, pharmacist, etc. but who has no available research time on DOE at the present time. 6. Clinician scientist effort to be verified in letter of support from division chief and department chair agreeing to the arrangement. 7. CCTS to provide up to $25,000 salary and benefits and department/division must cost share additional funding for minimum 10% effort. 8. CCTS will fund up to 2 clinician scientist supplements per pilot RFA (2 per year). 9. Final approval will be dependent upon the nature of the project, clinician scientist involvement, and availability of funds. NON-ALLOWABLE COSTS Funds cannot be used to support salary of the Principal Investigator or other investigators with faculty appointments. Funding is not available for thesis or dissertation projects. Funding will not be awarded as bridge funding for ongoing projects. Facilities and Administrative costs: also known as indirect costs are not permitted. In the event that additional intra/extramural funds are secured to support the study outlined in your application you must immediately notify Elodie Elayi (859) 323-7939, Elodie.email@example.com. Funds will be held by the CCTS and the budgets invoiced for a period of 18 months maximum, dependent on the nature and scope of the study. Individual principal investigators will not be allowed to hold more than one CCTS pilot research award at any one time. LOI AND BIOSKETCH SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS LOI SUBMISSION GUIDELINES The LOI must be within a 2 page-limit describing the following elements: 1. PROJECT TITLE (Full Project Title required) 2. RESEARCH OBJECTIVES, SPECIFIC AIMS Describe the Science driving the translational effort. Provide concise, clear statements regarding anticipated outcomes of the proposed research and how it will add to existing knowledge or create value 3. BRIEF BACKGROUND AND PRELIMINARY DATA 4. A PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING STUDY DESIGN, METHODOLOGY AND OUTCOMES 5. PROJECT MILESTONES 6. DESCRIBE HOW THE PILOT GRANT WOULD FACILITATE A FUTURE EXTERNAL GRANT (priority will be given to applications with a more specific plan and timeline (ex. Identification of the study section and time line planned). 10 * Optional attachments at the LOI stage could include key relevant publications Letters of Intent (LOI) and Biosketch (BS) in NIH format will be solicited from faculty on all the campuses. The LOIs will be reviewed and subject to a standard NIH-type study section assessment by the CCTS Pilot Review Committee (PRC). A subset of meritorious LOIs will be selected and applicants will be invited to submit Full applications. DEADLINE DATE for LOI: February 28, 2018 by 5:00 PM (EST) LOI submission link: https://redcap.uky.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=733X8FTKMX The BIOSKETCH template can be downloaded here. PILOT RESEARCH PROTOCOL SUBMISSION PROCESS Full Application DEADLINE: May 14, 2018 by 5:00 PM (EST) IRB approval DEADLINE: May 14, 2018 by 5:00 PM (EST) Good Clinical Practices (CITI) training certificate of completion for PIs and Co-PIs DEADLINE: May 14, 2018 by 5:00 PM (EST) : GCP training may be completed through the following link: http://ccts.uky.edu/ccts/good-clinical-practices-gcp-training Full Application submission link: will be provided to applicants invited to submit full applications. Based upon review of the LOI, successful investigators will be invited to submit a full application. Invited investigators are encouraged to contact Elodie Elayi at 323-7939, Elodie.firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting to review the basis of your submission, to learn how the CCTS Pilot Research Program operates, and to learn which CCTS services you might utilize for your study. We also suggest that you consult with the following: For Study Design Consultation: Kristen McQuerry, MS, Project Manager, (email@example.com) For help with your Data Safety Monitoring Plan during protocol development: Lisa Tannock, MD, Research Participant Advocate, (Lisa.Tannock@uky.edu) For Biomedical Informatics Consultation: Tammy Harper, MHA, (Tamela.Harper@uky.edu). CCTS PILOT RESEARCH PROGRAM FULL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants are encouraged to review the instructions provided below carefully and to contact Elodie Elayi at firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions. Incomplete or incorrectly prepared applications will be returned without review. All applications exceeding the requested page limit will be rejected and not reviewed. References - Authors, year, title and journal information are expected for each citation. These are not included in the page limit and should be reported in the appendix. Follow the steps below to apply for CCTS pilot research support: For the application, margins must be no smaller than 0.5” at all points. Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font 11 size of 11 points or larger. (A Symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters; the font size requirement still applies). Type density, including characters and spaces, must be no more than 15 characters per inch. Type may be no more than six lines per inch. EACH page should provide the applicant’s name in the upper right hand corner. The application should be numbered consecutively in the center bottom. *APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE ASSEMBLED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER* I. Cover Page(s): (not included in the 6 pages limit) 1. Title of the Project and Total Amount Requested. 2. The Category of Grant you are applying for: Disease Focus or ATRN partnership (i.e. UK- MU, UK- UC or UK- WVU collaborative award.) 3. Applicant’s information for Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators : o Name o Degree(s) o Rank, Title (s) o College o Department /Division o eRA Commons Username o Campus Address, o Contact Information including e-mail and telephone number Please indicate if you are an NIH new investigator or early stage investigator (not having a previous R01) Please indicate clinical privileges 4. Mentor’s information (Applicable only for junior investigators): Name, Degree(s) and Rank, Campus Address, and Contact Information 5. Applicant’s Chair Information for each collaborator: Name, Campus Address, and Contact Information II. Detailed budget and budget justification in NIH format, direct cost only** Allowable requests include: Equipment essential for the conduct of the study Data analysis costs Participant reimbursement costs Research assistant salary support Non faculty personnel salary support Project specific specimen collection/analysis or testing Chemistry and biological lab supplies Purchase of cell lines, cultures reagents etc. Animal purchase and housing costs. Specimen collection/analysis or testing Participant reimbursement/recruitment costs 12 **Budget must be approved by Elodie Elayi BEFORE submission. Applicants must account for fringe benefit costs when considering research assistant salary levels. NO INDIRECT COSTS ARE ASSIGNABLE THROUGH THIS MECHANISM. Budget template can be downloaded here: Initial budget: link Entire Budget Period: link III. Abstract and Partnership development (if applicable): (not included in the 6 pages limit). Abstract: The abstract should provide a brief (not more than 250 word) summary of the project. Beneath the abstract, each of the key personnel and their departmental affiliation should be noted. The key personnel should minimally include the PI and the designated mentor (applicable for new investigators, see below). Data analysis consultants (if included), collaborating investigators and others may be listed, if they will play a significant, active role in the conduct of the proposed work. Key personnel listed should provide a letter confirming their role (INCLUDE THESE LETTERS IN THE APPENDIX). Specific partnership (not included in the 250 words) and applicable to partnership with universities in the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN): Explain how this partnership will provide new opportunities for the investigators, any development activities that will be conducted throughout the project, and how these activities will build a sustainable infrastructure for an ongoing partnership (not more than 250 words). IV. Body of the proposal: (limited to 6 pages including the one page Specific Aims ) The format of the application will follow NIH guidelines as outlined below. Specific Aims (limited to one page and included in the 6 pages body proposal) State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved. List succinctly the specific objectives of the research proposed, e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, or develop new technology. Research Strategy Organize the Research Strategy in the specified order and using the instructions provided below. Start each section with the appropriate section heading—Significance, Innovation, Approach. Cite published experimental details in the Research Strategy section and provide the full reference in the Bibliography section. Given the length of the application, investigators should strive to provide a relevant, although not exhaustive bibliographic review (described below) (a)Significance Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses. Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in one or more broad fields. 13 Describe how the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field will be changed if the proposed aims are achieved. (b)Innovation Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms. Describe any novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s) to be developed or used, and any advantage over existing methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s). Explain any refinements, improvements, or new applications of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions. (c)Approach Describe the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted as well as any resource sharing plans as appropriate. Discuss potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success anticipated to achieve the aims. If the project is in the early stages of development, describe any strategy to establish feasibility, and address the management of any high risk aspects of the proposed work. Clearly describe how each partner will be engaged in the development and/or implementation of the pilot study. (Applicable for partnership applications) As applicable, also include the following information as part of the Research Strategy, keeping within the three sections listed above: Significance, Innovation, and Approach. Preliminary Studies. Include information on Preliminary Studies. Discuss the PI’s preliminary studies, data, and/or experience pertinent to this application. Preliminary data can be an essential part of a research grant application and help to establish the likelihood of success of the proposed project. V. APPENDIX: Biosketch(s) in NIH format Protection of human subjects section and animal assurances (if applicable) The required endorsement letter from the primary mentor for new investigators (see below), as well as letters from key personnel must be included. Relevant assessment materials may be included if they are of reasonable length and significantly enhance the review of the application. DO NOT submit published manuals, materials in the public domain or similar materials. This is NOT a means of extending the length of the proposal itself. MENTORING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PLAN (new investigators): Role and qualification of mentor(s). Inclusion of a clinician (physician, dentist, pharmacist, clinical psychologist, physical therapist, etc.) mentor is highly desirable in studies involving direct interaction with human participants. A career development plan must be in place to enhance clinical and translation research capabilities. This may include didactic coursework, the Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series, and/or the Translational Science Spring/Fall Conference. 14 MENTOR ENDORSEMENT (new investigators): To facilitate the effectiveness of the CCTS Pilot Research Program in enhancing the research development of newly appointed faculty investigators, new investigators must provide a letter of endorsement and collaboration from a senior investigator who is willing to serve as a mentor for the applicant over the course of the project. This person must possess a M.D., Ph.D., PharmD or other doctoral degree and must have sufficient clinical research expertise to serve as a mentor to the applicant. The letter should reflect the amount of time the mentor is willing/able to direct to this role as well as the specific types of activities that will be involved. These activities should include reviewing progress on the project, reviewing initial data, helping plan for future project funding after the pilot phase, discussing relevant research articles or related activities. It is NOT required that the mentor have funded effort. This letter should be included in the appendix material of the application. LETTER FROM SUPERVISOR/DEPARTMENT CHAIR: A letter signed by the immediate supervisor (e.g. Division Chief) and/or Department Chair that includes acknowledgement of their support for the project and providing assurance that sufficient protected time to complete the research will be available. No specific amount of protected time is required, but the review committee will consider the distribution of effort and other activities of the applicant. IRB approval letter and consent/IACUC approval, whichever is applicable to your project. Current Good Clinical Practices (GCP) certification. References - Authors, year, title and journal information are expected for each citation. REVIEW PROCESS & CRITERIA: Application will be sent to a minimum of two internal or external reviewers with expertise in fields relevant to the science in the proposal. These reviewers will be asked to disclose any relationships to the grant applicant. Full proposals will be subject to a standard NIH-type study section assessment. The reviewers will then provide written feedback addressing the merits of the protocol. All applications will be scored based upon the written reviews, relevance to the Priorities and Scope outlined above, and the overall relevance to the long term goals of the CCTS. You will be notified of the outcome. The general criteria for review include: Overall Impact Clinical Significance Is the study relevant to human health and the health of Kentucky citizens? Innovation Are the aims original and concepts novel? Are novel methodologies proposed? Approach Do the specific aims test the hypotheses? Are statistical considerations provided? Is the risk/benefit ratio acceptable? Investigators Is this a new investigator? If so, a mentorship team must be identified. The qualification and experience of the mentor, and their plan for career development for the new investigator, will be an important aspect of review. Does the investigative team have training, expertise, and experience to conduct the proposed study? Environment Is the environment strong? Do the investigators take advantage of available expertise? Is there a transdisciplinary team involved in the study? 15 Feasibility Is the study feasible from the perspective of recruitment and availability of resources? Potential Will the pilot study generate new knowledge that can be published? Will completion of the study lead to external funding or development of a novel or translational methodology? Is there commercial potential? AWARDEE RESPONSIBILITIES: Once your protocol is fully approved and funding awarded, you should contact Elodie Elayi, (323-7939, email@example.com) to schedule a working meeting with the CCTS units involved with your protocol. Successful applicants will be required to provide semi-annually progress reports and attend face to face meeting with the CCTS “Pilot Progress Committee”. A final written report describing project accomplishments must be submitted within 60 days of the project end date. The UK CCTS is evaluated by the NIH on its effectiveness in stimulating new research findings and publications. The following support acknowledgement must be included on all publications that result from CCTs support : “This publication was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant UL1TR001998. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH” RELEASE OF FUNDS: Funding for successful applications will be released upon NCATS approval and completion of your intake meeting with the CCTS Pilot Committee.