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NIEHS CENTER PILOT PROJECT FUNDING AVAILABLE

FUNDING PERIOD 04/01/2014 - 03/31/2015

ELECTRONIC LETTER OF INTENT PACKAGE DUE DECEMBER 13th, 2013

Funds are available through the NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology at UTMB to support pilot studies designed to improve environmentally-linked human health through basic and translational research endeavors. Proposals are open to all UTMB investigators eligible for federal funding, but should be compatible with the Center's mission and document objectives consistent with environmental health research and/or environmentally-based community outreach and engagement. Membership discounts for the use of Center-sponsored Facility Cores and other membership privileges will be extended to non-Center members who receive pilot project funding.

The Pilot Projects are for one year with no opportunity for extension (including no cost extensions), and a budget not to exceed $50,000. Applications proposing the use of core facilities, collaborations-specifically those between a junior and more established investigator-and projects describing translational research are especially encouraged. Involvement of a co-investigator from another institution(s) is permitted. An investigator may apply for only one award per grant round as PI or Co-PI.

KEYWORDS

exposure, effects and susceptibility biomarkers; environmental genomics; gene-environment interaction; comparative biology; epigenetics; comparative genomics; exposure biology; global environmental health; epidemiology; DNA repair and mutagenesis; asthma pathogenesis; oxidative stress and signaling; toxicology; public health, community health.

ELECTRONIC LETTER OF INTENT PACKAGE

Your letter of intent package must include a cover letter and a one-page summary of the research objectives (Background and Specific Aims). The package will be reviewed by the NIEHS Center for its relevance to the Center's mission, and suitable proposal concepts will be invited to prepare a full application using the guidelines described below. The intent package should be sent electronically to Tracie Albritton at taalbrit@utmb.edu no later than 5:00 PM on the due date (December 13th, 2013).

APPLICATION PREPARATION AND REVIEW INFORMATION

The NIEHS Center Internal Advisory Board will evaluate the Pilot Project applications using an oral review process. The applicant will be scheduled for a 15-minute oral presentation describing the research proposal, followed by 10 minutes for questions. The applicant is expected to describe the significance, innovation, approach (including the specific aims for the pilot project as well as future research objectives), present an itemized budget, and identify anticipated use of Center-supported Core resources if applicable. The applicant is required to submit the finalized Powerpoint presentation to Tracie Albritton no later than 5:00 PM on February 4th, 2014-two weeks prior to the date of the scheduled oral presentation. The scheduled date for the presentation is February 18th, 2014. Every effort will be made to accommodate the applicant's schedule in choosing a time for the presentation.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tracie Albritton
NIEHS Center Senior Administrative Manager
E-mail: taalbrit@utmb.edu
Phone: 409-772-5609 or 409-750-1073, Mail Route 0654

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