Pilot Projects

The CLDR's pilot studies program is designed to offer practical experience in managing, analyzing, and interpreting findings using large data analytics and secondary data analysis. View current and completed pilot project descriptions.

The Center provides funding in three areas: Category 1 includes research examining questions using a large administrative or healthcare research dataset and Category 2 involves the archiving of existing data from a completed study.

Category 3 is a new mechanism which will provide travel awards for early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to present their research (using a specific dataset in the ADDEP repository) at the 2017 ACRM annual conference.

Pilot Project TestimonialMark Peterson, PhD, University of Michigan

Pilot Project Information

Large Data Pilot Studies

Category 1 Large Data Pilot Studies includes traditional pilot studies examining a rehabilitation question using large data from a research survey, administrative or healthcare dataset. Funding provided up to $25,000, inclusive of indirect costs.

Application Process

  1. Applications open Jan 1. Submit a Letter of Intent by Feb 1 to CLDR.info@utmb.edu including the following:
  • Research question to be addressed
  • Dataset to be used
  • Name of a potential CLDR mentor/collaborator
  • Brief description of the project (1/2 page).

Notifications in response to the LOI will be sent on or around Feb 16.

  1. If selected to submit a full proposal, complete the Category 1 pilot application and include all required components. Application deadline is April 13.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  1. Proposal must include a research question using a large research, survey or administrative dataset that addresses an issue related to rehabilitation, recovery, or disability (patient records or databases from a single hospital do not qualify).
  2. PI must have a research doctorate or relevant clinical degree with some evidence of research training and experience. PI must be able to show a minimum of 50% effort devoted to research.
  • Graduate students are not eligible to apply. Faculty mentors can apply as the primary PI and the student as the Co-PI.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply, but must include a faculty mentor at their institution as a co-investigator.
  1. PI must identify a CLDR faculty mentor/collaborator and agree to adhere to all regulations regarding privacy and ethical conduct of research.
  2. All funded projects will be required to submit a progress report at 6 months and at the end of the funding period.

Category 1 Application Components

Submit a single document that includes the following components (3-5 page limit, excluding budget, biosketches, and references):

  1. Summary: Provide an overview of your study (one paragraph), including its rationale and importance to the rehabilitative sciences field.
  2. Specific Aims: State your specific aims and hypotheses.
  3. Method: Provide an overview of the study design and methods.
  4. Expected Results: State the expected outcome of your study and its impact on the field of rehabilitation.
  5. Future Implications: Briefly describe plans for future proposals.
  6. Databases: List the databases that the study proposes to use. Include a statement on the protection of human subjects or the IRB protocol submitted to your institution, if applicable.
  7. References: Include a list of references relevant to the project.
  8. Biosketches: Include brief biosketches of the PI and any faculty investigators who will be paid by the project. No biosketch required for the CLDR faculty mentor/collaborator.
  9. Funding*: Provide a detailed budget (up to $25,000 total costs); example below. Include a brief narrative justification describing the responsibilities of personnel and any supplies and/or other expenses requested. No effort/budget is required for the CLDR faculty mentor/collaborator.

Personnel



Name & Role % effort Salary Request Benefits Total
Jane Doe, PI 10% $7,500 $1,823 $9,323
John Doe, Research Assistant 15% $5,250 $1,586 $6,836
Total Personnel $16,159
Supplies $2,500
Other Expenses $4,489
Total Direct Costs $23,148
Indirect Costs $1,852
Total Requested $25,000

Category 1 Application Form

*Preference given to applications from institutions who agree to 8% indirect cost rate. Demonstrates commitment by the institution to the applicant, represents leveraging of federal funds on behalf of rehabilitation community, and is consistent with investment in junior investigators. Applicants should seek approval from their institutions prior to submission. Budget request should not exceed $25,000, inclusive of indirect costs.

For additional information or questions about your proposal please contact us at:  CLDR.info@utmb.edu.

Data Sharing Studies

Category 2 Data Sharing and Archiving Pilot Studies focus on archiving data from a completed rehabilitation study with support being given either to the PI or a member of the research team. Funding is provided up to $10,000, inclusive of indirect costs.

Application Process and Requirements

  1. Complete the Category 2 pilot application and submit with all required components. No Letter of Intent is required. Category 2 Pilot Proposals are accepted year round.
  2. Proposals will be reviewed by the Center's leadership and selection committee. Once complete, the PI will be contacted with the committee's decision and further instructions for data submission will follow.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  1. Proposal must involve an existing research dataset from a completed study and the research must have addressed an issue related to rehabilitation, recovery, or disability.
  2. PI must have a research doctorate or relevant clinical degree with some evidence of research training and experience.
  • Graduate students are not eligible to apply. Faculty mentors can apply as the primary PI and the student as the Co-PI.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply, but must include a faculty mentor at their institution as a co-investigator.
  1. PI must identify a CLDR faculty mentor/collaborator and agree to adhere to all regulations regarding privacy and ethical conduct of research.
  2. All funded projects will be required to submit a progress report at 6 months and at the end of the funding period.

Category 2 Application Components

Submit a single document that includes the following components (not to exceed 3 pages, excluding budget, biosketch, and references):

  1. Summary: Provide a brief overview of the dataset and the purpose of the original study.
  2. Impact: Describe the significance of the dataset to rehabilitation and disability.
  3. Data: Include the number of subjects and number/types of variables contained in the dataset. Address the level at which the data can be made available (i.e. public use, restricted/ limited use, and delayed use). Include a statement on the protection of human subjects or the IRB protocol submitted to your institution, if applicable.
  4. Future Implications: Address the likelihood that the archived data will benefit future collaboration and how it might be linked with other datasets that could lead to larger projects.
  5. References: Include a list of references relevant to the project.
  6. Biosketches: Include brief biosketches of the PI and any faculty investigators who will participate in the project. No biosketch is required for the CLDR faculty mentor/collaborator.
  7. Funding*: Provide a detailed budget (up to $10,000 total costs); example below. Include a brief narrative justification describing the responsibilities of personnel and any supplies and/or other expenses requested. No effort/budget is required for the CLDR faculty mentor/collaborator.

Personnel



Name & Role % effort Salary Request Benefits Total
Jane Doe, PI 5% $3,750 $912 $4,662
John Doe, Research Assistant 5% $3,200 $1,062 $4,262
Total Personnel $8,924
Supplies $2,500
Other Expenses $335
Total Direct Costs $9,259
Indirect Costs $781
Total Requested $10,000

Category 2 Application Form

*Preference given to applications from institutions who agree to 8% indirect cost rate. This agreement demonstrates commitment by the institution to the applicant, represents leveraging of federal funds on behalf of rehabilitation community, and is consistent with investment in junior investigators. Applicants should seek approval from their institutions prior to submission.

For additional information or questions about your proposal please contact us at:  CLDR.info@utmb.edu

Travel Award for Secondary Data Analysis of Archived Studies

Category 3 Travel Award for Secondary Data Analysis of Archived Studies is a new opportunity for early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to perform secondary analysis of data from studies in the Archive of Data on Disability to Enable Policy and research (ADDEP) repository. Award recipients will participate in the CLDR Symposium at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) annual conference. Funds, up to $2,500, will support conference registration, travel, and accommodations.

We are only targeting the following datasets for the current competition:

Application Process and Requirements

  1. Complete the Category 3 application and submit with all required components. No Letter of Intent is required. Category 3 Travel Award applications open Jan 1 and are due by May 1.
  2. Proposals will be reviewed by the Center's leadership and selection committee, and the top four proposals will be selected to participate in the ACRM meeting. The review process takes approximately 3 weeks.

Selection Criteria

  1. Proposal must include a research questions using one of the ADDEP datasets listed above.
  2. Significance of the research question and its relevance to rehabilitation and disability.
  3. Recipient must agree to adhere to all regulations regarding privacy and ethical conduct of research.
  4. Applicants should have research doctorate, relevant clinical degree, or be enrolled as a doctoral student working in a rehabilitation-oriented discipline.
  5. Recipients will be required to attend the ACRM conference.

Category 3 Application Components

Please submit a single document that includes the following components (not to exceed 2 pages, excluding biosketches):

  1. Personal Narrative (limit 50 words): Brief description of your research accomplishments, goals, and how this award will further your research career.
  2. Proposals: Follow the ACRM Abstract guidelines for Reports of Original Data.
Category 3 Application Form

Refer to the guidelines for specific headings and content information. Abstracts that do not follow this format will not be reviewed.

For additional information or questions about your proposal please contact us at: CLDR.info@utmb.edu 


The Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation involves a consortium of investigators from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan. The CLDR is funded by NIH - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, through the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. (P2CHD065702).