CIHD Sponsored Grants

The Center for Iron and Heme Disorders (CIHD) will fund 4 mini-grants in 2020. Proposals are due June 15, 2020 with awards announced in mid-July.

Funds for these Pilot and Feasibility grants are from the NIH NIDDK Institute. The awards will be a maximum of $25,000. The grants will be awarded competitively and are designed to support research projects from internal and external CIHD members that utilize our CIHD Cores and advance the mission of our program; non-malignant hematology with an emphasis on iron, heme and hematopoiesis. The goals of the CIHD are to support research on molecular/cellular biological pathways involved in normal hematopoietic stem cell biology, erythroid differentiation and disease states in addition to iron and heme biology.  Our intent is also to: 1) support junior faculty members or established investigators launching new research directions that meet our mission objectives; 2) support CIHD members engaged in collaborative research projects with other CIHD members or investigators outside of the CIHD.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be members of the CIHD (information on application can be found on our website;  One proposal per applicant will be accepted in each year. A Principal Investigator (PI) must be a tenure track or research track faculty with an appointment of at least 0.75 FTE. Research faculty must have had a two-year residency at their institution prior to funding applications. Proposals that have previously been submitted to an extramural agency and found to be non-competitive will not be reviewed. One exception to this restriction is proposals previously submitted to an extramural agency that were declined on the basis of insufficient preliminary data. In that case, an executive summary statement specifically stating this deficiency should be submitted along with the application. All successful applicants for funding will be asked to present an update of their research at an annual CIHD fall symposium.

Proposal Submission (web site:

Proposals will be limited to three pages of narrative on significance, background and proposed studies. All proposals will require in addition a statement of relevance of the proposed project to our CIHD mission objectives, a description of the CIHD cores to be utilized, NIH-style biosketches including current and pending support, a proposed budget and justification page and a page describing plans to submit proposals to NIDDK for extramural support.

Checklist for submissison

  1. Abstract: 1 separate page
  2. 3 pages of project description: significance, background and proposed studies
  3. Statement of relevance to our CIHD
  4. Description of CIHD cores to be utilized
  5. NIH-style biosketch
  6. Current and pending support
  7. Proposed budget and justification ($25,000 maximal budget)
  8. NIH grant submission plans

Applications should be submitted as pdf files to and

Proposal Evaluations

Proposals will be reviewed by an external email review committee consisting of three senior scientists at other universities. The group will each address the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal and rank the merits of the various proposals. Confidentiality of this process will be stressed to all reviewers. This group will rank the submitted proposals and make a recommendation for funding to the CIHD Internal Advisory Committee. The selected proposals will be submitted to the NIDDK CIHD Steering Committee for approval.

The review criteria used to evaluate submitted proposals will include:

  1. a) Does the proposal have high scientific merit and potential impact?
  2. b) Does the proposed work have high potential to leverage extramural funding?
  3. c) Does the project meet the CIHD mission objectives stated on our web page and in the publicized funding opportunity?
  4. d) Does the project build or strengthen cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts? Not all projects need to build collaborative partnerships, but this is a desired goal of the CCIHD Pilot and Feasibility Program.
  5. e) Is the applicant an early-stage investigator or a senior investigator with a major new research direction?

For additional information and questions, please contact:

Contact: Dennis Winge

Location: University of Utah Health Sciences Center SOM, 5C426

Contact phone: 801-585-5103

Contact e-mail: