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Pilot Project Schedule
There are four types of pilot project applications:
- Mentored Scientist Transition Award (MSTA)
- Opportunity Award
- Focused Research Awards
- Rapid Response Pilot Projects
- Inter-Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (inter-EHS CC) Pilots
Pilot-Project Eligibility Requirements by Award Type
|Mentored Scientist Transition Award||Opportunity Award||Focused Research Awards||Inter- EHS CC Pilots *|
|Junior Faculty||Any faculty member||Any faculty member||Center Member|
|No previous federal grant support||Environmental health related research any field||Responsive to request for applications||Partner with a scientists at another EHS CC|
|Mentorship plan||First-time applicant preferred|
|Up to $50K per year for up to 2 years||Up to 50K||Varies||Up to 50K|
There are three Pilot-Project deadlines per year and applicants can apply for any award of their choice.
|Pilot-Project Competition Deadlines|
|Deadline||Review||Earliest Award Date|
|April 1||May||June 1|
|September 1||October||November 1|
|January 1||February||March 1|
All applicants are asked to submit a 10-page proposal irrespective of the type of award sought. The application must include: (a) Title of the Application; (b) personal information (name, position, title, affiliation, and contact information); (c) two-page NIH biosketch; (d) list of current and pending grant support; (e) an abstract: (f) a statement on how this project may lead to extramural funding in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS); (g) specific aims; (h) significance which must state the relevance to environmental health or toxicological research; (i) preliminary studies; (j) methods; (k) references; and (l) justified budget. The references and budget are not counted towards the page limitation. In addition, each award category has its own additional application requirements that do not count towards the page limitation.
Mentored Scientist Transition Award– The application must contain a letter from a faculty sponsor describing the mentorship plan and time-line to seek independent grant funding. If the junior investigator works in the faculty sponsor’s laboratory, the applicant must provide a copy of the mentor’s Other Support page and NIH biosketch to show that the proposal does not overlap with the sponsor’s funded research and is independent.
Opportunity Award in EHS- No additional information is required. But applications that use the CEET facility Cores: Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, Translational Biomarker Core, or the CEET Informatics Core will be given strong consideration. In addition proposals that seek to answer an environmental health research question identified by the Community Outreach and Engagement Core are encouraged.
Focus Research Awards– The application must contain a paragraph indicating why it is responsive to the focus award area. Focused areas change based on intramural support from partner Departments, Centers and Institutes. Focused areas in the immediate future will be in epigenetics and Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention. Applicants should contact the Center Administrator to determine which focused areas are being considered for funding in any given cycle.
Rapid Response Pilot Projects – These applications are for any investigator in the Standing Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania who seeks an investment of 5-10K to obtain urgent preliminary data for a EHS grant application or who wish to respond to a community-based environmental health problem. The application must include a Letter of Support from the Director of the CEET Community Engagement Core and the community partner/organization.
Inter-Center EHS CC Pilot-Project- The application must contain at least one applicant from the CEET and another EHS CC. It must clearly state why the proposed work cannot be completed without the proposed collaboration. It must also contain a letter from the Director of the partnering EHS CC to indicate that they are willing to fund their portion of the project.
Mentored Scientist Transition Award (MSTA) applicants can request up to $40K per year for up to two years. All other categories can request up to $50K for a one year period.