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UCLA CTSI K Award Bridge Grant
Deadline: December 01, 2014 05:00 PM

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Important Dates

Application due date: December 1, 2014 by 5PM

Award notification: by December 19, 2014

Grant start date: January 1, 2015

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute is pleased to announce the UCLA CTSI K Award Bridge Grant for highly qualified junior faculty who conduct mentored, interdisciplinary, patient-oriented research. Eligible junior faculty at one of the four UCLA CTSI institutions are invited to apply for a one-time bridging grant for up to approximately $93,500 over 18-months but requires equal matching funds from their home institution(s)/department(s) for a total award up to approximately $187,000.

This bridge funding is specifically intended to help junior faculty who have submitted a NIH K award grant (mentored career development scientist award) within the last 12 months and have received competitive scores on their proposal. This funding will support the faculty member and provide additional time for productivity as they strengthen their proposal for resubmission. This program emphasizes systems biology, clinical pharmacology and translational, community-partnered interventions to prepare trainees for interdisciplinary team science in all populations, across the life cycle. Diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations are a particular focus.

Awards will be made pending availability of funds and high-quality applications.

Who May Apply

Applicants must:

•    Be a junior faculty, including clinical instructors and assistant professors, at one of the four UCLA CTSI institutions (Cedars-Sinai, Charles R. Drew, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA, and UCLA Westwood) seeking a career in interdisciplinary, translational research.

•    Have a doctoral-level research or professional degree. Candidates should have the potential to lead excellent interdisciplinary teams and to become outstanding translational science investigators who will make an important impact on health.

•    Be the Principal Investigator (PI) on a recently submitted (in the last 12 months) and reviewed K award (K99/R00, K08, K23) application that was scored but not funded.

•    Commit a minimum of 75% full-time professional effort to conduct research.

•    Be eligible for NIH K funding.

•    Not have received an equivalent NIH K award or other career development award.

Applicants to other funding mechanisms are not eligible.

The Award

CTSI K Award Bridge Grant recipients will receive up to 18-months of funding or until receipt of an individual or institutional NIH K award (or equivalent grant from the Veterans Administration or foundation), whichever comes first.  The budget should be based on the total grant amount (CTSI bridge funds plus matching institutional/departmental funds) and may not exceed the maximum total costs below for the 18-month period. The following table lists the maximum allowable amounts for salary, fringe benefits, research expenses, tuition, travel, and statistical support:

 PI Salary
PI Fringe Benefits
Research Expenses
Tuition/Career Development
Statistical Support
Maximum Total Costs

*Since this is an institutionally-funded grant, there are no Facilities & Administrative (F&A) or indirect costs associated.

Scholar Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select K Award Bridge Scholars:

•    Highly scored, but unfunded K award applications submitted in the last 12 months with addressable concerns.

•    Quality and innovation of the research proposed for the award period.

•    Need for career development funding.

•    Research productivity and academic performance to date.

•    Proposed training environment and mentorship team.

Application Packet

Submission Website: https://rfp.ctsi.ucla.edu/Awards/kbridge-grant/ If you get an error message by clicking on the link, please copy and paste the URL directly into your browser.

Please submit your online application packet by 5PM Monday, December 1, 2014 to include the following required items:

1.    A copy of the most recently submitted K award application materials on Standard Forms SF424 (R&R).

2.    NIH Study Section critique, priority score and percentile score received.

3.    Current NIH Biosketch.

4.    A statement of how many times the grant has been previously submitted to the NIH and responses addressing the concerns expressed in the NIH critique (1 page maximum).

5.    Justification of the need for bridge funding to initiate/continue the project and plans for resubmission (1 page maximum).

6.    Detailed K Bridge budget (using Form Page 4) and budget justification for the total funds requested (CTSI and department/division matching).  Please prepare one budget for the entire funding period 1/1/15-6/30/16.

7.    Letter of support from department chair or division chief to commit equal matching funds.

For questions, please contact Lisa Chan at lchan@mednet.ucla.edu.

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