Focus Research Awards
The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology announces the following pilot project opportunities. Applications are due Monday April 1, 2019.
Focus Research Awards:
Applications related to the following thematic areas are currently being accepted:
- Air Pollution and Lung Health
- Environmental Exposures and Cancer
- Environmental Neuroscience
Applicants can request up to $50,000 for one year. No salary support for the faculty member is allowable. Any member of the standing or research faculty from any School may apply.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
The research being proposed cannot be funded by an external funding agency. Preference will be given to first-time applicants and senior faculty who wish to embrace environmental health or toxicology research as a new direction. Applications that are likely to lead to grant funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and use the facility cores of the CEET (Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, Translational Biomarker Core or the Exposure Biology Informatics Core) are actively encouraged. To learn more about the facility cores please visit the CEET web-site.
If funded, a progress report is required within 3 months of the end of the funding period. The progress report should follow the same format as that required for an NIH R01 RPPR-progress report. Awardees must present their findings at a CEET Seminar within 6 months of the end of the funding cycle. The CEET must be acknowledged on all publications resulting from the supported research.
All IRB and IACUC protocols must be in place before the funding can be awarded. A copy of the approved protocols should be submitted to the CEET before an award notice can be issued.
Applications must be submitted in a single PDF for internal review to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete applications must include the following:
1. Title of Application
2. Personnel information, name, position, title, and contact information
3. New format NIH Biosketch (5 pages)
4. List of Current and Pending grant support
5. An abstract (no more than 300 words)
6. A statement to indicate how this project would lead to extramural funding in the environmental health domain (not more than 1 page)
7. Specific aims (not more than 1 page)
8. Significance which must state relevance to environmental health
9. Preliminary studies
10. Methods (including statistical power and analysis)
11. A brief outline of how the results from the pilot study will enable the submission of a subsequent NIH grant and a detailed plan for this subsequent grant submission
**Items 8 to 11 should not exceed 5 pages
12. References; and
13. Budget – Items that can be requested include salary of support personnel, supplies and minor equipment. Travel is not allowed. Budget must be justified
Applications using Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects must also submit the corresponding sections required in an NIH grant (see below) and failure to do so will lead to the application not being considered for funding.
1.Proposed Use of Animals
- Justification for the Use of Animals
- Veterinary Care
- Method of euthanasia
Protection of Human Subjects
1.1. Human Subjects Involvement, Characteristics and Design
1.2. Adequacy of Protection Against Risks
1.3. Potential Benefits of the Proposed Human Research to Human Subjects and Others
1.4. Importance of Knowledge to be Gained
1.5. Data and Safety Monitoring Board
- Inclusion of Women and Minorities
- Targeted Planned Enrollment
- Inclusion of Children
All applications will be reviewed by a committee of CEET members and senior leadership and the earliest possible start date for successful applications will be May 1, 2019. For an award to be made all IACUC and IRB protocols must be in place.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Rapid Response Pilot Projects
The CEET is also again offering a new form of pilot-project application – “CEET Rapid Response Pilot Project”. 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.
 For urgent preliminary data for EHS grant application.
 For community-based participatory research/ community engaged research with community partner, the application must include a Letter of Support from the Director of the CEET Community Engagement Core and the community partner/organization.
 For rapid response to an emergent environmental health challenge.
 Fees for use of non-CEET facility Core to support an EHS project
 One-Page: Statement-of -need.; Significance to EHS; Grant application plan
 NIH Biosketch of P.I.
 Budget and Justification
 Vertebrate Animals allowed but IACUC must be in place at time of submission. Applicants must provide proof of IACUC approval.
 Human Subjects allowed but IRB must be in place at time of submission.
Applications are due April 1 with funding decisions to be made within two weeks. Earliest possible start date of May 1. Applications must be submitted in a single PDF for internal review to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PI salary not allowed. Funding for a Community Partner or Organization has to be well- justified and within the scope of the project.
See Previous Pilot Project Award Recipients
Pilot Project Schedule
There are four types of pilot project applications:
- Mentored Scientist Transition Award (MSTA)
- Opportunity Award
- Focused Research Awards
- 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.
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.