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The award cycle for the T32 Institutional Training Grant is open February 5, 2016 – May 1, 2016.
The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA): pipeline development is a major strategic initiative of the Sleep Research Society. A component of pipeline development is to target and increase training opportunities in the field of sleep and circadian rhythm research. On behalf of the Sleep Research Society, the Board of Directors has earmarked $25,000 to help a potential program director work with his/her institution to develop and submit a new T32 Institutional Training Grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Scope of support: The goal is to provide support to offset personnel and administrative expenses during the development and submittal of a Sleep or Circadian Science T32 proposal to the NIH. One award of $25,000 in direct costs to the successful applicant of this RFA is planned.
Requirements of applicants: The applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and submission requirements specified in the parent T32 announcement: PA-06-468.
The applicant chosen by the SRS for this seed money support must submit a fully-formed, highly competitive T32 grant proposal to the NIH. Some NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) do not accept T32 applications for each cycle, in which case the sponsor/applicant should plan to submit on the earliest, reasonable application due date. Examples of submittal dates include May 25, 2017, for the National Institute on Aging and January 25, 2017, for the National Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood. Failure by the successful applicant to follow through with their commitment to submit a strong and comprehensive proposal to the NIH by the NIH due date will require the return of the award funding to the Sleep Research Society.
The complete application must include:
Review criteria: Applications will be evaluated for the likelihood of a competitive T32 training initiative and how development of a grant proposal may be incentivized and strengthened with $25,000 in support by the SRS. Key to a successful T32 is a strong faculty with NIH grant support and a track record of mentoring. Conflict of interest regulations will be applied.
Answers to questions: In this inaugural RFA, it has not been possible to anticipate specific questions that may arise. Applicants are encouraged to address the spirit and page limitations provided by the instructions and not expect further guidance on content by the SRS Board of Directors. Administrative questions can be directed to Barb Hoeft at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 630-737-9700.
Deadline: Electronic receipt of the complete proposal in in a single file .pdf format is due by May 1, 2016 at SRS Headquarters, Barb Hoeft at email@example.com.