Annual Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Award (INA)
This program plans to award two to three grants of up to $50,000 each new funding year in July: equaling up to $100,000 set aside each year for research innovations. Awardees will have the ability to apply for a one year competing renewal during the following funding cycle. Given the size of these awards, some investigators may propose to begin projects that lead into larger scale trials or studies (pilot projects). In such instances, applications should include a clear plan for how the work will obtain subsequent funding for long-term success.
All reviews will be conducted by the leadership of the CNI and a committee of neuroscience/research experts. The CNI leadership and committee will evaluate and rank each application based on scientific merit, institutional research priorities, and the appropriateness of the budget request. Additional review criteria include: the significance, interdisciplinary nature, novelty, and likelihood of long-term success as it relates to pediatric neuroscience.
To be eligible for funding, proposals must support the discovery of all things neuro in basic, translational, or clinical research domains. All topics relevant to the broad mission of the CNI are welcome, including but not limited to, acute brain injury, genetic disorders, oncological diseases, development across a lifespan, immune/infectious disorders/diseases, rehabilitation, and behavioral health.
This program is designed to foster and accelerate the pace of pediatric neuroscience research by promoting interdisciplinary collaborations that encourage innovative thinking. This program will have preference for projects that include multi-omic platforms, induced pluripotent stem cell technology, bioinformatics, and molecular imaging approaches with a well-described and collaborative path to improve child health and combat childhood neurological diseases.
✓ All project members must be registered members of the CNI. Membership is free and available to anyone interested in neuroscience research. Visit the following link to become a member in less than 2-minutes https://confirmsubscription.com/h/j/F1390EC1CF103281.
✓ The research proposal must be in the area of pediatric neuroscience.
✓ The proposal must have at least two researchers collaborating from two different areas of neuroscience (i.e. departments, divisions, institutions).
✓ There is no limit to the number of people in each group and no restriction to having two Co-Pi’s. However, if there are two Co-Pi’s, one must be designated as the Coordinating PI and be responsible for submitting all application materials and progress reports as needed. The Coordinating PI will be the group administrative contact and be responsible for managing the overall group collaboration. Grant funds would be awarded to the Coordinating PI, who would take responsibility for distributing funds to the departments/institutions of the other group collaborators. If only one PI, all previously described responsibilities remain with them.
✓ PI’s must be faculty and at least one based at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh or Rangos Research Center. Proposed research projects must take place within the facilities and/or programs of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh or Rangos Research Center.