Lied Basic Science Grant Program






(Please Read Very Carefully and Take Note of Deadlines)


Announcement Date: December 1, 2015

Letter of Intent Due Date: February 1, 2016 (5:00 PM CST)

Application Due Date: March 1, 2016 (5:00 PM CST)

Announcement of Awards: June 2016


The KUMC Research Institute is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for research conducted by faculty members of the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City, Wichita and Salina. Funding for this program is derived from Research Institute income and through the generosity of the Lied Foundation Trust.

The objective of the Lied Basic Science Grant program is to develop new and innovative ideas that have a high probability of leading to the submission of a new application for national peer-reviewed funding.

Applications will be assigned NIH-type priority scores and awards will be based upon those scores and availability of funds.


Scope of the Program


The type of research may include, but is not limited to, basic biomedical investigations in topics related to health, disease, therapies and outcomes in animal models and/or in human subjects, populations, or specimens. Outside of the emphasis on basic pilot research, the particular scope is defined by the faculty member.


Eligibility Requirement


All faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, Wichita and Salina campuses) are eligible to apply if their applications meet the following criteria.  Adjunct faculty with primary appointments at another university may be co­-investigators but may not submit a proposal as Principal Investigator.


Required Submission Items (In the following order)


The proposal should follow the NIH format and include the following PHS-398 (Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services) forms found at


  1. Face Page (Page 1): Include project title and Principal Investigator/Program Director information.

  2.  Project Summary, Relevance, and Performance Sites (Page 2) including broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, performance sites, key personnel and other significant contributors.  The project description must also address how the proposed work will lead to future extramural funding, and how it addresses team science.

  3. Research Grant Table of Contents (Page 3)

  4. Detailed Budget (Page 4):
    1. Requests may not exceed $20,000 direct cost (no indirect dollars are awarded)
    2. Equipment should not exceed 10% of the total budget
    3. No faculty or PI salary is allowed; research staff and student salary is permitted
    4. Travel is not permitted unless clearly needed to collect data, and specifically documented.
  5. NIH Biographical Sketch. For each investigator, use the current NIH format including a project-specific paragraph concerning the role of each investigator.  Include information about past grant support and effort allocation on pending applications and current research projects.
  6. Research Plan. Use Arial 11 font size and at least 0.5 inch margins. The research plan may not exceed five (5) pages (excluding references) and should include the following:
    1. Specific Aims
    2. Research Strategy
    3. Significance
    4. Innovation
    5. Approach
    6. Environmen
    7. Indicate how data from this study will contribute to successful applications to extramural funding agencies
    8. Identify potential extramural funding agencies to which future applications using data generated by this funding will be submitted
    9. References (not included in the 5 page limit)
  7. Appendix: Include measurement instruments and similar items.  The Appendix may not be used to provide additional data or information that should be part of the 5 page proposal.
  8. Letter(s) of Collaboration: From the collaborator(s), if any, explaining their role(s) in the proposed research and confirming their agreement to participate in the project.
  9. Letter(s) from the Respective Chair(s) or Institutional/Organizational Official: Indicating support for time allocation of the investigator(s) to do the research and any other contribution to the project.  If applicable, documentation indicating any commitment of matching or contributed funds to support the research project. Departmental or other contributed funds are highly encouraged, but not required.
  10. Status of IRB or IACUC submission: Please provide updated documentation on where the proposal is in the approval process.  If approval has been granted, include confirming documentation. If approval is not complete, indicate whether or not it is currently in process and if so submit documentation and a copy of the IRB application.   


Prioritization Criteria


Well-crafted proposals are given higher priority than those that are difficult to understand. The RI Research Committee strongly recommends that new investigators take a grant-writing course prior to submission. The KUMC RI Research Committee also recommends that proposals be reviewed and recommended by the respective research committee of the applicant's school, and by mentors and colleagues.


Projects should be designed for completion in one year.


The review criteria for this RFP are essentially the same as those used by Federal agencies such as the NIH, NSF and the Department of Education.  In addition to these common criteria, the following specific criteria apply to this particular RFP:

  • Potential for future external funding possibilities
  • Use of a team science approach
  • Focus on the science of translational research
  • Scientific, technical, or clinical significance and originality (innovation) of proposed research.
  • Appropriateness and adequacy of the research design and methodology proposed to conduct the research (approach).
  • Qualifications and research experience of the Principal Investigator and research team, particularly, but not exclusively, in the area of the proposed research (investigator).
  • Availability of the resources (environment) necessary to perform the research
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget and duration in relation to the proposed research
  • Provisions for the protection of human subjects
  • Compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy

Well-crafted proposals are given higher priority than those that are difficult to understand. The RI Research Committee strongly recommends that new investigators take a grant-writing course prior to submission. The KUMC RI Research Committee also recommends that proposals be reviewed and recommended by the respective research committee of the applicant's school, and by mentors and colleagues.


Peer Review


The KUMC RI Research Committee in conjunction with the Faculty Assembly Research Committee will seek peer review of proposals through a committee composed of investigators from Frontiers institutions.  Applicants may submit the names of up to three (3) persons they wish to exclude as reviewers, although no assurances can be made. The KUMC RI Research Committee and Frontiers Pilot Studies Program Steering Committee (not the review committee) will make the final determination on funding based, in part, on the reviews/critiques submitted by Frontiers peer-reviewers, potential for future funding, and other priorities (such as promotion of team science and research on the science of translation) with respect to available resources.  It is possible that successful proposals will be funded from multiple sources.


Key Deadline Dates and Details

(Please read carefully as changes have been made to the previous process)


Announcement Date: December 1, 2015


Intent to Submit Application (Letter of Intent; LOI): by February 1, 2016 (5:00 PM CST).  NO EXTENSIONS TO THIS DEADLINE 

We will be using REDCap to upload both the LOIs and the applications in this grant cycle.

Please go to the following site to access REDCap (  This will get you to the REDCap LOI submission form. Please read the letter accompanying the LOI Application, fill out all of the required data blocks and then upload your LOI (MS Word, MS Excel; pdf).  Make sure that your LOI briefly (200 words or less) but adequately describes the research project to facilitate identifying expertise needed for the review of your application.  Please also make sure that the keywords that you list adequately summarize the work proposed.

Please contact Kelly Robertson at the KUMC Research Institute if you have any questions or problems (


Submission of Application: by March 1, 2016 (5:00 PM CST).  NO EXTENSIONS TO THIS DEADLINE

Once the LOI has been submitted through REDCap, an e mail will be immediately sent to the KUMC e mail address listed in the LOI application.  The REDCap link to the full application will be supplied in this e mail.

Applicants should use this link to upload the requested information and the full application in the same manner as described above.


PLEASE NOTE: As noted above, KUMC faculty who submit to this Lied Basic Science Grant Program also have the option of having their application considered for funding (if eligible) by the Frontiers Pilot and Collaborative Funding Program.  There will be an opportunity for the applicant to choose this option on the questionnaire portion of the REDCap LOI and application submission forms.  If this option is chosen, please recognize that the eligibility requirements, rules and required submission items could be different as stated in the respective RFPs, and must be addressed in the application.


Announcement of Awards: June 2016.


Funding Start Date:  June 2016


NOTE:  If applicants elect to have their proposal considered for the other funding programs as described above and the proposal is funded either partially or fully by these other funding sources, the availability of those funds for expenditure will be a function of the respective program (e.g., Frontiers funds will not be permitted until March 1, 2015 or until the official CTSA Notice Of Grant Award is received). 


For questions or additional information, please contact the following individuals:


Kelly Robertson 913-588-5436;

Jamie Caldwell 913-588-5589;

Peter Smith, Ph.D. 913-588-5970; 


Last modified: Sep 15, 2015