Pilot Project Grant Program // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Pilot Project Grant Program

Eck Institute for Global Health
Pilot Project Grant Program
Call for Applications
Submission Deadline: Friday January 16th, 2015

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The University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health is a university-wide institution that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low- and middle-income countries who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.

The strategic objectives of the institute include:
1. Serve as a central organizing and coordinating institute for global health activities across the University to encourage partnerships, maximize participation and create synergies in interdisciplinary research, training and service programs.
2. Generate and share new knowledge to address health problems endemic to the global poor.
3. Train a new generation of global health researchers to assume leadership positions in global health.
4. Undertake service and service-learning in global health.

To support these objectives the Institute is establishing a pilot project grant program.  This is a competitive program to identify and support research projects with the potential to advance the objectives of the Institute, including the support of the best global health research with a significant opportunity to leverage new sources of extra-mural funding.

We also encourage projects that develop partnerships with investigators/institutions in low- and middle-income countries and the establishment of multi-disciplinary global health teams; however, these components are not required for grant eligibility.

Successful applicants may receive up to $40,000 and will be allowed two years to expend the funding.

1. Full time regular faculty (i.e. T&R, research faculty and Special Professional Faculty) who are eligible to submit research grants at the University of Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend.  Research and Special Professional faculty must document their independence as described in section 1 in the proposal form.
2. Active member of the Eck Institute for Global Health (you may contact Katherine Taylor for information on how to become a member).  An active member is defined as a member that consistently affiliates themselves with the Institute on their grant proposals.
3. Have not been a recipient of an Eck Institute for Global Health pilot grant award in the past 3 years (i.e. time of award not completion of award)
1. To support the most meritorious research that contributes to the global health enterprise
2. Provide funds to generate the preliminary data required for external grant submission  
Funding Amount, Restrictions and Duration:
Investigators may request up to $40,000 in total costs for 2 years.  Funding may be used for salaries, travel, and supplies. Salaries are for technicians, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows; however, salary request for non-T&R faculty will be considered if the PI can justify that the salary support is required to ensure time availability for the proposed project.  Equipment costs are allowable up to $10,000.  Funds that are not used after 2 years shall be returned to the Eck Institute for Global Health.

Review Process:
Proposals must be submitted in the requested format in full before the published deadline.  Additions and/or edits to proposals after the deadline will not be accepted. The Eck Institute for Global Health Pilot Grant Committee will review submitted proposals to ensure they meet eligibility criteria.  Those proposals that do not meet the eligibility criteria will be returned to the Principal Investigator without further consideration.  Eligible proposals will be reviewed by one internal and one external reviewer and scored on a scale of 1-6 (see below). The reviewers will be selected based on the expertise needed to evaluate the proposal.  The Pilot Grant Committee will review the critiques and will recommend proposals for funding to the Director of the Eck Institute for Global Health. The Committee may recommend proposals for full or partial funding.

The PI will be required to submit a report in the requested format that describes progress 2 years after the start date. It is anticipated that external grants will be submitted based, at least in part, on the work performed through the pilot grant.  Future funding through the pilot grant program will be contingent on demonstrated external grant submission.  Although an awarded grant is obviously preferred, only grant submission is required.        

Review Criteria:
The reviewer will consider the following criteria and scoring system:
·  Scientific merit of proposal (scored 0 to 4)
·  Contribution to global health (scored 0 to 1)
·  Opportunities to leverage research for extra-mural funding (scored 0 to 1)
Submission Process:
If you have any questions regarding this request for applications please contact Dr. Jeff Schorey at Schorey.1@nd.edu or by phone at 631-3734.

The final application should be submitted electronically to the Eck Institute for Global Health at eigh@nd.edu with the Subject Line: “PI Name” Pilot Project Grant” by 16 January 2015.

Acceptance Conditions
In accepting an award from the Eck Institute for Global Health, the PI agrees to:
·  Conform to established practices and procedures concerning sponsored program activity
·  Recognize funding from the Eck Institute for Global Development on presentations and publications associated with the funded research.
·  Submit a final report to the Eck Institute for Global Development no later than three months after the end date of the award. The report should include:
- Any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award
- Reference to any subsequent proposals or applications (e.g., fellowship applications, grant applications) resulting from the award to any outside agency or foundation
- Account for expenditures and any unspent funds, which shall be returned to the EIGH
- Act in accord with the policy that all permanent equipment purchased under the Grant is the property of the University unless otherwise specified when the grant is approved.