address basic or translational questions relevant to joint biology
and/or mechanisms or treatment of rheumatic/joint diseases. Applications
for clinical trials will not be accepted.
All MARC members are
eligible to apply for MARC Pilot Project Grants. MARC members must have
the equivalent of a faculty or instructor appointment at one of the
MARC-participating institutions (UCSD, SBPMDI, LJI, or TSRI) and have at
least one proposed or active project focused on joint biology or
pathology. Those grant applicants who are not MARC members but are
eligible for membership must have applied for membership prior to the
pre-application deadline. To apply for MARC membership, please send your biosketch (NIH format), along with a brief description of the projects pertaining to joint biology or pathology that you are working on to the MARC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-faculty members of MARC-participating institutions who are eligible to apply for NIH grants (e.g.
Project Scientists), by the policy of their home institution, will be
allowed to apply for MARC Pilot Project Grants, provided they include
letters of support from both their institution and from an established
MARC member with their application. New investigators (as defined by the
NIH) are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous awardees are not
eligible to reapply. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible. Medical
fellows should send an inquiry to
email@example.com to discuss eligibility. Only one pilot proposal may be submitted by a Principal Investigator per cycle.
Funding levels and matching funds
New investigators: $25,000-$50,000 for 1 year, depending on the application's score
*Please note, the amount budgeted for in the application is the maximum amount that can be given if awarded the grant.
Established investigators: up to $25,000 for 1 year
Matching funds will not be available for this round of pilot grants.
Projects may additionally request MARC vouchers to pay for MARC Core
services (ranging from $1,000-$5,000). Please see the vouchers webpage for
Investigators have one full year to spend the
funds. All funds not spent by the end date of the Pilot Project award
will be returned to the MARC.
How to apply: Please email applications to the MARC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadlines, notice of award, and funding cycle
: February 17, 2023 at 5 pm PSTNotice of Application Approval given
: February 24, 2023
: March 27, 2023 at 5 pm PST
Notice of awards/Request for JIT information
: April 14, 2023
: April 28, 2023 at 5 pm PST
September 1, 2023 - August 31, 2024
*Funding cycle dates are dependent upon when NIH gives NOA approval.
and IACUC approvals must be obtained prior to start of funding period.
No funds can be awarded until IRB and IACUC approvals are in-place.
Applications will be submitted in two stages, the pre-application and invited application. Applications should adhere to the following formatting specifications:
- 11‐point Arial font
- 0.5 inch margins on all sides
- 8 ½" x 11" (i.e. standard size) page
- Number all pages
- No appendices are allowed
- Max one-page abstract, including figures
- NIH-style biographical sketches, including other support with yearly direct costs, for all significant contributors
- Non-faculty applicants: Letter of support from MARC sponsor and home institution
- Proposal (items 1-4 are limited to four pages)
- Specific Aims (1 page)
- Background and significance
- Preliminary studies (if applicable)
- Research design and methods
- Literature cited (not included in the four-page limit)
- Budget justification (1 page max). All guidelines pertaining to allowable expenses on federal grants will be applicable for these awards. In addition, no funding will be provided for travel, clerical help, office supplies, books and subscriptions, graduate student support and tuition remission, or public expenses. Please note that at least 10% of the budget should be a line item for MARC Core services.
- IRB and/or IACUC applications must be submitted prior to deadline for invited application submission.
The NIH scoring scale will be used to evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria:
1- Scientific merit (30%) 4- Innovation (10%)
2- Alignment to MARC Cores goals (30%) 5- Investigative team (10%)
3- Feasibility for one year (20%)
Presentations and Publications
are expected to publish their findings in scholarly peer-reviewed
journals and present their research at the MARC La Jolla Arthritis
Conference (LJAC) and other professional meetings.
publications, grants, and presentations resulting from research funded
by the MARC or using MARC resources must cite the P30 grant as a
contributing source of support and indicate the NIH grant title and
number: Resource-based Center for the study of the joint
microenvironment in rheumatology; University of California San Diego,
NIH Grant P30AR073761.
responsible for submitting any peer-reviewed journal articles resulting
from research funded by this award to PubMed Central, the NIH digital
archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. See http://publicaccess.nih.gov/