2012 HSCI call for proposals – Blood Program pilot grants

November 28, 2011

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Tuesday, January 31, 2012 ~ 5:00 p.m. EST

The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Blood Program invites applications for Pilot Grant funding for 2012. The purpose of this funding program is to provide resources for innovative projects by investigators in the field of blood stem cell biology, including basic, translational or clinical research. This funding is for groundbreaking, innovative, high-impact research projects that could fundamentally enhance biomedical research. Current work in the Blood Program focuses on understanding blood stem cell self-renewal at a molecular level, both for manipulating stem cell production and function, as well as understanding abnormalities in cancer stem cells in order to develop novel therapies.

In order to foster the collaborative nature of the program and to build the foundation of large collaborative proposals for federal funding, we encourage you to consider research questions that overlap with and/or complement current research in the Blood Program (see Appendix A). However, projects which are not directly collaborative are also encouraged, and all proposals will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their individual scientific strength.

HSCI may fund up to 2 pilot grants in this round. Each project will be funded at a maximum of $83,333 in direct costs per year, and up to 20% (of total direct costs) in indirect costs (determined by institutional policy) for a period of two years.

It is understood that any tool or reagent generated as part of an HSCI Blood Program Pilot Grant will be available for sharing with the wider HSCI community.

Eligibility Criteria

Pilot grants are targeted to members of the Harvard community with PI rights. Only individuals with PI status in their home institutions, independent laboratory space assigned to them and prior independent funding sources in their name (such as start-up funds or sponsored awards), as verified by a home institution research/finance administrator, are eligible to apply for a 2012 Blood Pilot Grant. Priority will be given to excellent projects from PIs not currently funded by the HSCI.

You must have HSCI Principal or Affiliated Faculty status before you submit a proposal for an HSCI award. To apply for HSCI Affiliated Faculty membership, simply email your CV with a statement of your research interests to Dr. Jordan Kreidberg at jordan.kreidberg@childrens.harvard.edu.  The review and approval process may take a week or more, so it advisable to send the email to Dr. Kreidberg as soon as possible.

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