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Pilot Funding Opportunity

The application deadline for 2011-2012 pilot funding has closed.

The Penn Center for Integration of Genetics and Healthcare Technology (Penn CIGHT) will fund one, 12-month multidisciplinary pilot grant beginning in August, 2011 to support research on the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genetics and genomics.  The Penn CIGHT is a multidisciplinary, NIH-funded research center focused on studying ELSI-related aspects of new genetic technologies as they are applied in the clinic.  Penn CIGHT focuses especially on the uncertainties associated with the clinical applications of new genetic technologies.

The pilot project may be led by a member of the University of Pennsylvania full-time faculty from any of its 12 schools.  The pilot will be funded at a level of up to $50,000/year for personnel and supply costs, but not for faculty salaries, equipment or instruments. 

A committee of Penn CIGHT members will review all proposals.  Funding depends on originality, scientific merit and the likelihood that the pilots will lead to continued funding and publishable data.  Principal Investigators must be full-time faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and are encouraged to collaborate with other Penn faculty outside the PI’s area of expertise.  Priority will be given to multidisciplinary projects that focus on uncertainty.   Priority also will be given to faculty early in their career, or to more senior faculty who intend to shift or expand the emphasis of their research.

Application process:

Applications should be organized as follows: 

Sections 4-7 should not exceed 5 pages (1-inch margins, single-spaced, Times-Roman 12-point font)

Penn CIGHT pilot awardees are required to provide a progress report at the end of the funding year. 

Applications must be received by June 15, 2011, and pilots will be awarded in August, 2011. 

Submit one PDF application (by email) to: Cara Zayac, Penn CIGHT Project Manager at cara.zayac@uphs.upenn.edu.