The UC San Diego Microenvironment in Arthritis Resource Center (MARC) is pleased to announce the availability of Pilot Project Grants for 2019. These grants are 1-year competitive awards ($25,000-$50,000). Project typesApplications should 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. EligibilityAll 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss eligibility. Only one pilot proposal may be submitted by a Principal Investigator per cycle. Funding levels and matching fundsNew investigators: $25,000-$50,000 for 1 year, depending on the application’s scoreEstablished investigators: up to $25,000 for 1 yearMatching funds: in some cases, applicants may be eligible for a second year of matched funding from their home department or institution if sufficient progress is achieved in the first year. Availability of matching funds varies between departments and institutions. Please e-mail the MARC coordinator to inquire about the availability of and eligibility for second year matching funds.Vouchers: Projects may additionally request MARC vouchers to pay for MARC Core services (ranging from $1,000-$5,000). See below for details. Funds must be spent between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. All funds not spent by the end date of the Pilot Project award will be returned to the MARC. No extensions can be granted. Application deadlines, notice of award, and funding cyclePre-application deadline: February 22, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m. PTApplication, by invitation only: April 1, 2019Application deadline: May 17, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m. PTNotice of awards: July 1, 2019Funding cycle: August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020 for year 1 August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021 for grants qualifying for matching funds IRB 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. Application requirementsApplications will be submitted in two stages, the pre-application and invited application.Applications should adhere to the following formatting specifications:
Vouchers for the MARC Resource Cores will be available to MARC members who need funding for experiments critical to gathering preliminary data for grant proposals. These vouchers will be awarded on an ongoing basis by the MARC Administrative Core, and will be offered in increments of $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000. Members may apply for these vouchers by sending a paragraph describing the services needed to the MARC Coordinator at email@example.com. The application will be reviewed by both the MARC Associate Director and the leadership of the Core whose service is covered by the voucher, and the decision will be passed back on to the applicant by the MARC Coordinator. Special priority will be given by the reviewers to new NIH investigators (as defined by the NIH) and to those investigators who are applying for support as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants who are awarded vouchers will be asked for a brief progress report on the outcome of their voucher usage.If you have any questions regarding vouchers or the application process, please e-mail the MARC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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