The Neural Engineering Center and the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at Georgia Tech are soliciting applications for rapid-fire seed grants to increase research activity and industry relations in all areas of Neuroscience at Georgia Tech. These are short-term exploratory projects intended to test new ideas and generate preliminary data. New collaborations are especially encouraged.
Eligibility: Proposals may be submitted by tenure-track faculty members who have a primary appointment in a Georgia Tech School (including BME primary faculty) who are eligible to submit proposals for extramural funding as a PI. Co-PI's need not meet this criterion. Awards under this program will be issued a subaccount at Georgia Tech for administration of funds. Funds must be spent at Georgia Tech - subcontracts to Emory (or other local universities) will not be issued.
Budgetary Guidelines: Project budgets are limited to 5K, typically for materials and supplies to pursue new ideas. In exceptional cases budgets may be for 10K, subject to justification (e.g. high equipment or materials costs). In addition, up to 10K in scanner time at CABI can be requested, which should be budgeted at $425/hour. Personnel costs will be considered in limited circumstances, but are not typically intended to be a primary source of support for a graduate student or technician.
Submission Guidelines: Proposals are limited to two pages and must have the following sections: Motivation, Proposed Work, Contribution to the Growth of Neural Engineering at Georgia Tech, Measurable Outcomes (which will be used to evaluate renewal funding), and Budget. Indirect costs are not required. Tuition fees will be waived for graduate students supported on the grant, thus only stipends need to be budgeted. Examples of measurable outcomes include:
- Research results (explain what was done, what was learned)
- Preliminary device demonstration
- Abstract submission
- Grant submission
Any proposal requiring IACUC or IRB approval must have the protocol submitted prior to disbursement of funds.
NIH biosketches for each PI and co-PI should be submitted. Please include Part D: Research Support (current, pending, and completed in the last 3 years).
- Supports new collaborations and/or brings new faculty into the center
- Results will clearly lead to a next step (e.g. preliminary data for proposal)
- Proposed research is likely to lead to growth of neuroscience research at GT, and is not incremental progress on an existing funded project. De novo projects are preferred.
- Quality of experimental design and outcomes
- Milestones define measurable research products within funding period
- Budget is appropriate for the duration and size of the proposed project
Funded PIs are expected to submit a project report within two months of the conclusion of the initial funding period and will also be expected to serve as reviewers for future Neural Enginering Center seed grant proposals.
Spring 2016: Proposals due Friday April 29, 2016, Funding decisions by Friday, May 20, 2016. Budget must start on July 1, 2016 or later.
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