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Pilot Grant Request for Proposals

The School of Health Professions pilot grant programs support faculty research and collaboration. The objective is to provide support to promote research and innovation development in a high priority area competitive for national funding.

Please direct questions to Mark Chertoff, Ph.D., chair of the school's research committee.

Important Dates

These deadlines may change each year.

  • March 5, 2021 (5:00 p.m.): Deadline for a non-binding letter of intent to be submitted to the research committee chair.
    * Deadline for 2021 extended to March 5.*

    April 13, 2021 (5:00 p.m.): Deadline for complete applications received. Please use the cover page document PDF document icon and combine all required sections into one PDF document attached to an email submitted to the research committee chair.

    No applications will be accepted after this deadline.

    Awards will be announced by late May with funding available July 1.

  • Reference documents:
    NIH scoring system and procedure PDF document icon
    NIH biosketch completed example PDF document icon
    NIH biosketch form Microsoft Word document icon

Faculty Eligibility

All full-time and part-time University of Kansas faculty members in the School of Health Professions are eligible for funding.

  1. Preference will be given to proposals with a strong potential for external funding.

    Evidence of such potential includes, but is not limited to the following: summary sheets from proposals submitted that received good scores, but were not funded; history of previous funding (not limited to KU Medical Center history); evidence of completion of research projects, such as publications.

    The proposal should include a plan for obtaining external funding.

  2. The principal investigator on the project is required to be a School of Health Professions faculty member.

  3. In the case of equally strong proposals, preference will be given to tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured.

  4. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received School of Health Professions research support.

All proposals recommended for funding must meet a high standard of scientific merit and must be clearly and comprehensively described.

  1. Research questions must be stated clearly. In experimental design, hypotheses to be tested and methods for addressing research questions must be stated clearly.

  2. The most important question the committee will address in its review of each proposal is “Is the project likely to generate data that can facilitate successful application for external funding?” To be awarded funds, the proposal must make it clear that the answer to this question is “yes.”

  3. The school's research committee reserves the right to seek external review of proposals if deemed necessary.

    Submit the name of three reviewers (see cover page document) who can speak to the scientific merit of the proposal but are not in conflict (e.g., prior collaborators, mentors, or colleagues) to provide an unbiased review. Limit these reviewers to the University of Kansas or the University of Kansas Medical Center if possible. List individuals in order of preference. Please be aware that funds are not available for an honorarium or compensation for these individuals.

    If sought, these reviews will not be returned to the applicant, but will be synthesized in a written response to the applicant from the School of Health Professions research committee chair.

Available funds are primarily designated to cover operating expenses and consumables.

  1. A total of up to $30,000 is available to support this project.

  2. Research assistants and participants may be paid, but faculty salaries cannot be supplemented.

  3. Costs of dissemination of the results of funded projects (e.g., page costs, travel to conferences) cannot be supported.

  4. Awarded funds will be available on July 1 and must be expended by June 30 of the following year.

If a proposal is not recommended for funding, the chair of the research committee will inform the applicant of the reasons why the proposal was not successful. The applicant may seek the opinion of the research committee regarding how the proposal could have been made stronger.

All proposals recommended for funding must be approved by the dean of the School of Health Professions.

As part of the requirements of this funding, awardees will be requested to present a brief (approximately 10 minutes) update of their supported research in a School of Health Professions faculty meeting the following spring semester.

Letter of Intent

A letter of intent is required and must include the name of the applicant, the name of collaborators, the title of the project, and a brief paragraph about the topic of the proposal. The letters will be used to identify if external reviewers are needed.

Submission of a letter is not binding, therefore faculty are not obligated to submit a full proposal and you can change the focus and title of your project.

Proposal Format

The research committee is composed of five faculty members from diverse scientific backgrounds. The proposal should be written so that it is understandable to scientists in the other health professions (i.e., avoid jargon, give definitions, etc). Clarity and comprehensiveness are critical to a successful submission. The highest priority will be given for those projects that show promise of obtaining extramural support.

The proposal should be written using National Institutes for Health guidelines. The Aims (Section A) are a single page. The rest of the proposal’s sections Significance, Innovation, and Approach (Sections B-D) shall be no longer than six pages. The research committee requires NIH formatting for standardization of proposals and scoring regardless of whether the investigator has plans to apply for non-NIH funding.

Incomplete proposals or proposals not adhering to this format will not be reviewed.

The proposal must be written in font no smaller than 11 point, with margins not less than 0.5 inch, single-spaced. Note: figures and tables can use 10-point font.

The proposal should begin with the cover page document PDF document icon and provide the following information:

  1. Abstract (no more than 250 words).

  2. Main proposal.

    1. Aims: state concisely and realistically what the research described in this application is intended to accomplish. If appropriate, state what hypotheses will be tested. Do not exceed one, single-spaced page.
    2. Significance: state why the research is necessary and important. Include a brief review of the relevant research, critically evaluate the existing knowledge, and identify the gaps in this knowledge, which the project is intended to fill.
    3. Innovation: does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense?
    4. Approach: describe the experimental design and the procedures to be used to accomplish the purpose of this project. If appropriate, include the following headings, “subjects,” “setting,” “equipment/measures,” “design,” “procedures,” “data analysis,” and “potential limitations and difficulties.”

Sections B-D above should not exceed six pages, single spaced.

Required Components of Proposal

  1. Anticipated results and implications for future research: what results are expected to be obtained and how will these provide the basis for future research? What is the impact of the results on future funding opportunities? Clearly state what plans for future application for external funding include. Do not exceed one-half page, single spaced.

  2. Budget and justification: submit a realistic budget, considering the limited funds available to applicants. When available, include information about support from other sources. Do not exceed one-half page, single spaced, for each. Please indicate a time schedule for spending of money.

  3. References cited.

  4. Biosketch: iinclude a current NIH biosketch of all key personnel. Template document is available on this webpage.

  5. Human or animal subjects: for research studies requiring human subjects committee or institutional animal care and use committee approval, documentation (letter of protocol approval) will be required before release of funds. Please send approval letter from one or both of these committees to the research committee chair. After this letter of approval is received, instructions will be sent for obtaining funds.
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