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Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core (PESC)
Future Projects

The UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center encourages UTMB investigators to submit pilot research proposals in the area of muscle aging, physical function and recovery from illness in older adults. Proposals from any domain of translational research (T1-T4) are welcome. Projects are funded for one or two years, with total annual direct costs not to exceed $30,000.

Awards are restricted to investigators in the early stages of their aging research related careers, recently appointed faculty, and senior investigators in other areas interested in initiating studies on aging.

The pilot proposal selection follows a 2-step process:

Step 1: Letter of Intent - Interested investigators should first write a brief description (one page or less) of their idea and submit it, by letter or e-mail, to Stephanie Burt, Pepper OAIC Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging, Mail RT 0177; E-mail: Deadline: March 6, 2015

Step 2: Complete Proposals - Preliminary proposal letters are evaluated by the Pepper Executive Committee based on the proposal's fit with the overall theme of the Pepper Center: "Improving function and recovery from illness in older adults". Deadline: April 7, 2015

Investigators of accepted preliminary proposals will be contacted and asked to submit a longer, complete proposal. Full proposals are reviewed by the Pilot Selection Committee, comprising members of the ITS Scientific Review Committee, Pepper Center leaders and an independent external reviewer with specific expertise in the area of the pilot application.

Award start date for the selected proposals is May 1, 2015.

Dates above are subject to change. Questions related to content and relevance to the mission of the Pepper OAIC should be sent to Stephanie Burt, Phone: (409) 266-9675 or E-mail:

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