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Pilot & Seed Grants

Many of the PSOM's centers and institutes sponsor pilot and seed grant programs. Each of these programs has different deadlines and these vary from year to year. Contact the individuals listed below for current information:

Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)

Periodically, generally in preparation for multi-disciplinary awards (PO-1's, SCCORs, Roadmap initiatives), the Penn CVI leadership will issue Request for Proposals (RFPs) in order to generate strategically targeted preliminary studies required prior to, or in preparation for, an institutional application or award.

Any Penn faculty member working in the strategically-targeted area, or a closely related area, is encouraged to apply for this funding. These funds are not restricted to investigators with a track record of cardiovascular investigation. Applications from research scientists who have not historically focused their studies in cardiovascular science are encouraged to apply for funding.

The amount of available funding will vary depending upon the RFP, but generally range from $25,000 per year to $200,000 per year. The application process has been streamlined to encourage faculty members to apply for funding.

For more information, please visit the Penn CVI Business Office.

Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS)

CHIPS supports comparative effectiveness research and research designed to reduce human and system errors and thereby improve the outcomes for patients in hospital and ambulatory care settings.

In an effort to stimulate quality improvement and patient safety research within the Penn community, the Center offers grants of up to $10,000 to new investigators to conduct pilot studies in preparation for larger research projects. The awards provide new investigators with funds to obtain preliminary data regarding feasibility and methodology, effect sizes and findings relating to new research ideas relevant to healthcare quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness. Eligible pilot projects should be designed to collect sufficient preliminary data to enable the investigator to prepare a hypothesis-based proposal for future research funding.

To apply for pilot grant funding, please complete the CHIPS pilot grant application form and return it via email to crosset2@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Orphan Disease Center

Million Dollar Bike Ride Grants
Pre-Application Submission Deadline:  September 14, 2015

The 2015 Million Dollar Bike Ride Pilot Grant Program is now open, and offering 18 different research grant opportunities focusing on 17 different rare diseases.  Please first review the RFA guidelines before submitting your pre-application using the webform, which can be found at the ODC website.  All pre-application submissions are due Monday, September 14, 2015 by 5:00 pm (EST).  If your pre-application is approved, you will be notified with an invitation to submit a full-application, due October 19, 2015.

For questions regarding this pilot grant program, please contact Samantha Charleston at scharle@mail.med.upenn.edu, or (215) 573-6822.

Click here to view the 2015 MDBR Pilot Grant RFA Guidelines: 2015 MDBR Pilot Grant RFA Guidelines

Click here to submit your pre-application: 2015 MDBR Pre-Application

Orphan Disease Center and High-Throughput Screening Core Pilot Grant
Application Deadline:  September 1, 2015

The Orphan Disease Center, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's new High-Throughput Screening Core is now announcing a Pilot Grant Program to highlight the expertise and service of the Core available to ODC members. Applications with a focus to utilize the Core's ability to screen either a) FDA approved/FDA-like drug libraries or b) siRNA libraries of Gene Ontology (GO) categories or user-defined gene sets to identify/validate candidate gene targets are encouraged.

For more details about this grant program and how to apply, please review the application guidelines here: HTSC Pilot App Guidelines
Application Template: HTSC Pilot App Template
Application Budget Template: Pilot Detailed Budget Template
Click here to submit your application: HTSC & ODC Pilot Grant Application 
Helpful links: 
NIH Biographical Sketch: TemplateInstructions/Sample

Contact information:
For questions concerning the scientific/technical content of your application, please contact David or Sara.

David C. Schultz, PhD
Technical Director, High-throughput Screening Core
University of Pennsylvania
67 John Morgan Building
3620 Hamilton walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ph: 215-573-9641

Sara Cherry, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Scientific Director, High-throughput Screening Core
University of Pennsylvania
304K Lynch Laboratories
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ph: 215-746-2384

For any questions regarding the application process, formatting, etc., please contact Samantha.
Samantha Charleston
Assistant Director
Orphan Disease Center
University of Pennsylvania
Ph: 215-573-6822


Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Pilot Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania (RWJF H&SSP at Penn) has set aside a Competitive Research and Education Fund to promote interdisciplinary research and education in population health at Penn. These funds will be used to help Penn faculty develop pilot projects which will attract external support for larger-scale studies, as well as new and innovative didactic material.

Please visit www.upenn.edu/rwjhssp for more information and further details.

For additional information please contact:

Melissa Kulynych
Program Coordinator