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Pilot Funding for Research in Sex Differences or Women’s Health in GI Disorders and/or Metabolism
Deadline: December 11, 2020 05:00 PM

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Pilot Funding Available for 
Research in Sex Differences or Women’s Health in Gastrointestinal Disorders and/or Metabolism
The UCLA Specialized Center of Research Excellence (SCORE) in brain-gut microbiome interactions (uclacns.org/score) and the UCLA SCORE in metabolism (sexdifferencesinmetabolism.ucla.edu) in collaboration with the G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience (uclacns.org) invite applications for funding of a Pilot and Feasibility Project during the academic year 2020-2021. 
Funding will be available for high quality interdisciplinary basic, translational or clinical research proposals addressing sex differences or women’s health in gastrointestinal disorders and/or metabolism.
  1. Applicant must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree and have at least 2 years of postgraduate research training and have permanent visa status. 
  2. Postdoctoral fellows without current or past NIH or related agency research support (including career developmental awards) as principal investigators, and who are in the process of establishing an independent research program are encouraged to apply. 
  3. Established investigators with existing grant support, who have not been involved in research related to the main themes of the two SCOREs (brain-gut microbiome interactions and metabolism), and who want to enter this field of research, especially those who bring novel expertise to the field, should also apply. 
  4. Highly innovative, translational proposals related to the mission of the UCLA SCOREs will be viewed favorably.


Pilot Submission Timeline and Selection Process
Submit a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) and full CV for review by e-mail to Melenie Rosales at MRosales@mednet.ucla.edu.
All LOI submissions from interested UCLA applicants must be received by December 11, 2020.  

The letter should indicate:

  1. Abstract of proposed pilot research project
  2. Relationship of planned project to the two UCLA SCORE’s mission (see websites uclacns.org/score and sexdifferencesinmetabolism.ucla.edu)
  3. Long range research goals for this pilot work for future research, particularly how the proposed projects should lead to the submission of a NIH grant (e.g. R01, K award), VA Merit Review or other Career Development Award
  4. Budget amount requested (funding available up to $30,000 for one year period)
  5. CV and NIH biosketch of Principal Investigator 

The Review Committee will evaluate letters of intent and invite selected investigators to submit full pilot proposals by December 31, 2020

Full pilot proposals (5 single-spaced pages in length, NIH format) will be due by February 15, 2021. 

Criteria for selection include: 

  1. Quality and originality of the proposed research;
  2. Eligibility and credentials of PI and Co-investigators (if included);
  3. Relatedness to the SCORE themes and mission (interface of brain-gut interactions or metabolism with an emphasis on sex-related differences).
  4. Likelihood to lead to R01s (or equivalent level funding from extramural sources) 
Funded projects will begin April 15, 2021 through April 15, 2022. 

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