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In collaboration with the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the DGSOM Research Themes and the IPH will focus the 2019 DGSOM Seed Grant Program on an effort to promote the assembly of new teams of scientists that are well-positioned to perform innovative, high-impact research and ultimately compete for large team science grants from federal agencies and private foundations. Applications are encouraged from faculty throughout the UCLA campus in any biomedical or medical research area in which groundbreaking advances catalyzed by teams of researchers can be envisioned. Applications that take advantage of the infrastructures established by the IPH and CTSI are especially encouraged, as are applications that span disciplines or span the basic, translational, clinical, and community spectrum.
For the 2019 program, three changes were made to the application process and evaluation criteria in comparison to the 2018 program. First, to support innovative science and the development of junior faculty, all investigator teams are required to include at least one promising faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in an impactful position as a co-PI or highly significant co-investigator. Second, much stronger priority than in the past will be given to newly assembled research teams rather than teams that have already been working together for multiple years. Third, a smaller number of planning grants will be awarded this year to increase the probability that those who receive planning grants will ultimately receive funding.
Similar to last year, the 2019 Seed Grant application process will include two phases:
The Lead PI for both a Planning Grant application and a Full Grant Application must be a UCLA faculty member in the Regular Professor, In-Residence Professor, Clinical X Professor, or Health Sciences Clinical Professor series. The Lead PI on each application must hold a primary appointment on the UCLA campus, in that her or his extramural grant applications must typically be submitted through the UCLA Office of Contract and Grant Administration. Complete eligibility details are seen here.
Application Instructions and Other Information
The earliest funding date will be September 16, 2019 and a total investment of up to $3 million is envisioned. The strategic vision for this year’s program and more detailed information and application instructions can be found on the DGSOM Seed Grant Program website.
Please direct questions to Dion Baybridge at DBaybridge@mednet.ucla.edu