CIHD Sponsored Grants

The Center for Iron and Heme Disorders (CIHD) within the Division of Hematology at the University of Utah School of Medicine is sponsored by the NIH NIDDK Institute. The CIHD funds a Pilot and Feasibility Program supporting 4 mini-grants per year. Funding is limited to a maximum of $25,000 maximum with an option for a second year extension pending re-evaluation. 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 and heme. 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.

2017 Proposals were due September 1, 2017 with awards announced in early October.

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. If the CIHD review panel has turned down an application, the PI is allowed only one re-submission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must indicate changes from the previously reviewed proposal and responses to reviewers. All successful applicants for funding will be asked to present an update of their research at the next annual CIHD fall symposium.

Recipients of a CIHD Pilot award in 2016 are eligible for apply for a second and final year of support. In this case, your progress report is due by September 1, along with your resubmission. Such proposals will be reviewed together with new submissions and we will fund 4 total proposals from the submissions.

Proposal Submission

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. If the proposal is a re-submission, one additional page is allowed to address reviewers’ concerns.

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
  8. NIH grant submission plans

Applications should be submitted as pdf files to the University of Utah’s InfoReady Review web site.

Proposal Evaluations

Proposals will be reviewed by an internal review committee consisting of 2 CIHD members and 1 senior faculty member outside of the CIHD. The group will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal before a discussion to rank the merits of each. Confidentiality of this process will be stressed to all reviewers. Review members will be asked to leave the room for discussions of proposals in which they have a conflict of interest. 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:

a) Does the proposal have high scientific merit and potential impact?

b) Does the proposed work have high potential to leverage extramural funding?

c) Does the project meet the CIHD mission objectives stated on our web page and in the publicized funding opportunity?

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.

e) Is the applicant an early-stage investigator or a senior investigator with a major new research direction?

Synergy with Existing Seed Grant Programs at the University of Utah

There are two relevant Seed Grant programs that may synergize with this CIHD Pilot and Feasibility Program for faculty members at the University of Utah. The Vice President for Research Seed Grant Program offers awards up to $35,000 per proposal for new initiatives. Likewise, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science provides funds for pilot initiatives. Our CIHD Pilot and Feasibility Program will consider proposals seeking support from these programs if the requests to each funding group cover non-overlapping project goals. The applicant would need to submit each sub-project separately to each funding program.

For additional information, please contact:

Contact: Dennis Winge

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

Contact phone: 801-585-5103

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