Diabetes Research Center
Pilot & Feasibility Awards
- NIH non-modular format (see below for specific instructions)
- An entire copy of the proposal must be e-mailed as a single pdf document to by 5:00 pm, July 13, 2012. Subject line: "P&F Application"
- Applications do NOT need to go through the Grants & Contracts office.
- Each pilot & feasibility study proposal should state clearly in an
accompanying cover letter the justification for eligibility of the
investigator under one of three criteria:
- New faculty members involved in diabetes related research that have not yet obtained their own independent funding.
- Established investigators in an area related to diabetes research that are proposing new studies not directly related to previously supported research.
- Established investigators in non-diabetes related fields who are entering into new studies related to diabetes.
- An important eligibility criterion for the DRC P&F awards is that the individuals to whom awards are made must hold a faculty appointment and be independent investigators. For those applicants who hold a mentored award (e.g., NIH K01 or K08, Scientist Development Grant, etc.) or who have indicated that a senior scientist will serve as a mentor, the application should be accompanied by the mentor's other support page and a letter from the mentor stating that the proposed project is independent of the mentor's research program.
- Grants of $50,000/year with the possibility of a second year of funding are typically awarded. A second year of funding will be contingent upon a successful progress report. If requesting two years of funding, both years of funding should be requested in the initial application.
- It is expected that the Grantee will use the full amount of funding awarded during each one-year term of the award. Special permission is required to carry forward remaining funds at the budget year end and is not automatically granted.
- Up to 10% salary support for faculty will be considered, so long as this amount does not exceed 25% of the total award.
- The budget may not include funds for travel, journal subscriptions, memberships to professional societies or the purchase of general reference materials (e.g., books, laboratory manuals).
- Budget year should begin December 1, 2012.
- Include a list of six recommended reviewers, outside Washington University, who are free of conflict of interest. Do not include collaborators, co-authors, or mentors. Please provide name, position, institution, address, phone number and email.
Application should include the following PHS398 (06/09) form pages (in order):
- Face Page (fp1):
- Description/Abstract (fp2):
- Detailed budget (fp4):
- Budget for entire period with justification (fp5):
- NIH Biosketch (4 page limit):
- Other support (continuation page):
These should be followed by the body of the Application with Specific Aims and Research Plan that together do not exceed 5 pages (including tables and figures, excluding references). Please address Significance, Innovation, and Approach. Use for this section.
An Appendix is required and must include (in order):
- Cover Letter from applicant stating eligibility.
- Letter from Department Head or Division Chief endorsing the project.
- Mentor's letter and other support page, if required-see above eligibility guidelines.
- Regulatory Approvals: where applicable, please secure the approval for the proposed project from the Human Research Protection Office, Animal Studies Committee, Environmental Health & Safety, and/or Radiation Safety.
- List of six (6) Outside Reviewers with contact information on a separate page.
Contacts for Regulatory Approvals:
Requirements for Pilot & Feasibility Award Recipients
- DRC support will be acknowledged on all publications related to Pilot & Feasibility Award (2P30 DK020579).
- Recipients will present posters at the annual Washington University Diabetes Day Symposium held each November.
- Recipients will assist the DRC in collecting follow-up data regarding their career progression.