Research Management Group (RMG)

The Cooperative Centers for Translational Research on Human Immunology and Biodefense
The Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection

Funding for Pilot Projects 2009-2011

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Internal funding opportunity for all Stanford faculty with PI eligibility

Internal Deadline: Sept. 1, 2009     
(see application procedure below)

Amount of Funding:
Up to $50,000 each year, for a maximum of two years, beginning Oct. 31, 2009.
Two-three awards will be made.

Contact information:
Nancy Federspiel
Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, & Infection
Phone 650-725-7512

Program Description:

The Cooperative Centers for Translational Research on Human Immunology and Biodefense, of which Stanford is a part (U19 AI057229), were established to develop a better understanding of the human immune response against microbial pathogens and related vaccines, particularly those relating to biodefense.

As part of this program, we are pleased to award Pilot project funds to enable eligible Stanford investigators with start-up research support for up to two years to pursue work in this area. The goal is to support projects that will provide preliminary data for applications for extramural grants, including R01, K23, K08, R21 or Veterans Administration Merit Review and Career Development awards.

Pilot studies should be designed to

1) Allow exploration of innovative new directions that represent a significant departure from on-going funded research related to human host responses and pathogenesis of infections in the human host, especially work related to influenza or emerging pathogens or vaccines to those pathogens. (Applications must have specific aims that are distinct from those of existing funded grants).

2) Stimulate investigators from disciplines not directly related to immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases to apply their expertise to investigations in the areas described above.

3) Stimulate new collaborations among Stanford researchers with interests in these areas.

Eligibility Requirements: 

Stanford Faculty with PI eligibility who are committed to participating as active members of this collaborative center program.

Application Procedure: 

By Sept. 1, 2009, please send the following as a Word document via email attachment to Nancy Federspiel, Phone 650-725-7512.

--the investigator's name and contact information
--the title of the proposal
--a 3-5 page research plan including an introduction, hypothesis, specific aims, anticipated results, and significance.
--the PI's NIH Biosketch, including current, pending and funded grants and their specific aims.
Final approval will depend upon concurrence of the steering committee for this U19 center grant.


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