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Pilot Project Program
SHERC’s Investigator Development Core (IDC) supports the development of early-stage investigators (ESIs) and underrepresented (UR) faculty from racially, ethnically and other marginalized communities or disadvantaged backgrounds in basic biomedical, behavioral, and/or clinical sciences with a focus on translational research, team science, and mentoring.
The Pilot Project Program (PPP) was established under the IDC to provide support and mentoring to ESIs and UR faculty in health equity research, with the objective of generating preliminary data that will increase investigators’ competitiveness for NIH and other external health and health equity-related research funding. The PPP provides seed funding for ESIs and UR scholars to establish strong and successful programs of research in health equity and supports the development of team science and translational research skills.
Pilot Project Program Funding Opportunity
SHERC’s PPP welcomes applications of investigators who are at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure eligible), Assistant Research Professor, Assistant Clinical Professor, Assistant Teaching Professor, Assistant Professor of Practice, Lecturer or Postdoctoral Scholar (faculty at the Associate or Full Professor rank are not eligible).
The PPP is open to investigators who:
- are NAU regular, benefit-eligible, employees
- are eligible to serve as principal investigator on extramural grants per NAU policy
- have not previously competed successfully as a PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award such as a mentored K-award or R01 grant
UR applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the Pilot Project Program, but it is not a requirement.
Projects will be funded for $50,000 per year for 2 years. A maximum of 3 proposals will be funded (per grant year).
Pilot Project Program Research Foci
Proposed PPP projects must focus on biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research, with priority given to exemplary projects that (1) address health equity of diseases/conditions that impact racially, ethnically, and other marginalized communities or health disparity-impacted populations, and (2) apply principles of team science (e.g. interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary) and translational research. Investigators will receive individualized mentoring focused on team science and translational research before submission of the full proposal.
Pilot Project Program Information Session (Virtual)
October 20, 2022. See presentation slides from this workshop.
Letter of Intent Due
December 1, 2022
Full Proposal Deadline
Detailed full proposal guidelines will be sent to those LOI that were accepted and invited for full proposal submission. Full proposals will follow the NIH style format for an R03 application: PA-20-200.
February 13, 2023, at 5 p.m.
Pilot Projects, Year 1 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Program funded five new Pilot Projects during the first annual cycle of the grant that are all completed.
Pilot Projects, Year 2 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Program funded three new Pilot Projects during the second annual cycle of the grant that are all completed.
Pilot Projects, Year 3 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Program funded four new Pilot Projects during the third annual cycle of the grant.
Pilot Projects, Year 4 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Program funded four new Pilot Projects during the fourth annual cycle of the grant.
Pilot Projects, Year 5 Accordion Closed
The SHERC Pilot Project Program funded three new Pilot Projects during the fifth annual cycle of the grant.
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