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David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program
Deadline: April 15, 2017 05:00 PM

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The David Geffen School of Medicine Research Themes have been charged with increasing the impact of basic, translational, clinical, and community research at UCLA in high-priority and broadly defined biomedical research areas. The Research Themes are also catalyzing the establishment of multidisciplinary teams that can promote innovative thinking and lead to groundbreaking discoveries. To allow UCLA faculty and teams of faculty to pursue their innovative new ideas, we are pleased to announce the establishment of a greatly enhanced David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) Seed Grant Program, developed in close collaboration with the DGSOM Research Themes, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and key donors.

The results obtained in studies funded by the seed grants promise to advance our understanding of fundamental biological processes and human disease, lead to novel therapeutic or diagnostic strategies to improve human health, or suggest improved strategies for healthcare delivery or for reducing healthcare disparities. The results are also expected to lead to larger extramural grants from the National Institutes of Health or from other funding agencies or foundations.

Important Dates:
April 15, 5PM - Letters of Intent (LOI) Due
April 30 - LOI Decisions Announced
May 31, 5PM - Full Applications Due (By Invitation Only)
June 30 - Final Decisions Announced
August 1 - Earliest Funding Date 

Applications from both individual faculty and research teams are encouraged via a centralized mechanism that has been established for the submission of Letters of Intent (LOIs) and full applications. Submitted LOIs and applications will be reviewed by committees assembled by each of the six Research Themes:
  • Cancer (Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center)
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Immunity, Inflammation, Infection, and Transplantation (I3T)
  • Metabolism
  • Neuroscience
  • Regenerative Medicine (Broad Stem Cell Research Center)
Each Theme will distribute a total of at least $400,000 for the 2017 competition. A seventh review committee will evaluate LOIs and applications that do not fit under the umbrella of any of the six Themes. The lead Principal Investigator on each application must hold a primary appointment on the UCLA campus (specifically, their extramural grant applications must typically be submitted through the UCLA Office of Contract and Grant Administration).

The leadership of each of the six Themes has defined funding amounts and specific criteria for solicited applications. Please see the “Theme-Specific Programs and Criteria” on the DGSOM Seed Grant Program page for additional information.

Read the complete details and submit your LOI here.  

Generous funding for this program is provided by the Spitzer Family Foundation, the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (for Cancer grants), the UCLA Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and the DGSOM Dean’s Office.

Contact Information
Please direct questions to Dion Baybridge at DBaybridge@mednet.ucla.edu.

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