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USC COBRE for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation seeks applications for Target Faculty & Pilot Project grants

Applications are due by Friday, May 15

The NIH-funded USC Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Dietary Supplements and Inflammation is aimed at developing research in this area at USC. This COBRE is pleased to announce the availability of a Target Faculty grant and two Pilot Project grants.

Target Faculty Grant

The COBRE will provide funding to perform research in the area of inflammation and dietary supplements for a tenure-track assistant professor as target faculty. The faculty should not have been the recipient of any NIH R01 grant or equivalent currently or previously. Those who have NIH R03, R21 or other federal funding are eligible to apply. Those who have an NIH K award with more than 50 percent effort on the Career Development Award are also not eligible. Candidates who are currently supported by other COBRE grants as target faculty are not eligible to apply.

The total amount that will be provided by this grant is $150,000/year for two years. The successful candidate will be expected to have 50 percent effort on this grant.

Pilot Project Grants

The COBRE will also provide funding for pilot projects to perform research in the area of inflammation and dietary supplements for two tenure-track assistant professors. The faculty should not have been the recipient of any NIH R01 grant or equivalent currently or previously. Those who have NIH R03, R21, Career Development Awards or other federal funding are eligible to apply. Individuals who are currently supported through other COBRE grants are not eligible to apply.

The total amount that will be provided by this pilot grant is $87,500/year for two years.

Application Details

In order to apply for these awards, please submit a cover page, PHS 398 forms with the new NIH biosketch as well as the other support form. 

The cover page should include Title of the Proposal, Contact Information (name, degree and Title of the applicant as well as name of department and college/school and the applicant's e-mail address, phone and fax numbers) and signature of the investigator.

The application should use the PHS 398 form used for NIH R21 grants. The PHS398 form should include a face page, budget pages with justification, other support form indicating current and pending grants, and a six-page grant proposal in the area of dietary supplements and inflammation.

The budget pages should include the first year, second year and total budget for personnel, supplies, travel and other items for two years.

The proposal should include specific aims, significance of the study, preliminary studies (if any), research design and references.

The deadline for receipt of the proposal is May 15, 2015. The start date is July 1, 2015. Please submit grant proposals to COBRE@uscmed.sc.edu If you wish to apply for both awards, please submit separate applications.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mitzi Nagarkatti for assistance. 

16 April 2015