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Petit Institute Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program

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Submission Deadline:  May 19, 2017

Funding Period July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

PURPOSE:  The goal of the Petit Institute Seed Grant Program is to stimulate new interdisciplinary research collaborations between Petit Institute investigators.  Priority will be given to teams with two co-principal investigators from two different Georgia Tech colleges who have not previously worked together (no funded grants or publications together previously) and both must be primary Petit Institute faculty members.  Primary Petit Institute faculty members are those who hold regular appointments at Georgia Tech. 

Proposal submissions should represent a new collaborative project between investigators.  A faculty member may serve as a co-principal investigator on only one award at any time.  The committee will select four (4) awards for FY2018 at $50,000/year for two years; however, year two funding will be contingent on submission of a NIH R21/R01 or equivalent collaborative grant proposal within 12 to 24 months of the year one start date.  Year two funding will commence following this submission.

Due to the short time frame of the funding, any proposal requiring IACUC or IRB approval must have the protocol submitted prior to submitting a proposal to this program.  Please list the IACUC or IRB protocol number and approval date.  If under review, please list the title of the protocol and the submission date.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:  This program is intended to stimulate new interdisciplinary research collaborations by providing seed funding to obtain preliminary data necessary for the submission of an external grant application. Applications will be reviewed and selected by the Petit Institute faculty steering committee.  Priority will be given to teams from two different Georgia Tech colleges who have not previously worked together.  Investigators who have received funding previously are not eligible to reapply until three (3) years after their year two funding has ended.

FORMAT:  The length of the application shall not exceed two pages, excluding a cover page, a budget page, and NIH biosketches for the principal investigators.  An individual NIH biosketch shall not exceed two pages.  The research description should be no more than two pages and include information on project aims, significance, key methods, long-term impact/goals of the work, and plans for a collaborative grant application. A reference page should be added and is not included as part of the two page limit.

BUDGETS:  The requested budget should not exceed $50,000 annually (fiscal year).  The proposals should include a detailed budget and show specifically anticipated expenditures, including tuition. Items eligible for support include:  salary for research staff, postdoctoral fellows and students, as well as materials and supplies, travel, and small equipment.  Salary for faculty is not allowed, requests for major equipment items will not be considered, and indirect costs should not be included.

DURATION:  The seed grant funding duration will be up to two years.  Funds must be spent in the year designated. 

REPORTS:  Year two funding will be contingent on submission of an NIH R21/R01 or equivalent collaborative grant proposal within 12 to 24 months of the year one start date.  Year two funding will commence following this submission.  Additionally, a progress report will be due by the end of the first year.  Lack of a proposal submission or satisfactory project progress by the investigators will result in denial of year two funds and termination of the project.  Recipients of seed grant awards must submit a final report of their activities no later than 30 days following the end of year two funding.  Finally, a minimal annual report is due yearly for the next three (3) years following the final report.  This report will assist us in continuing to track data of the team’s progress and should include papers submitted/published and leveraged funding.  Reporting format requirements will be included in the award letters. 

SUBMISSION:  Petit Institute Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant funding applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017.  Please note that you must log on to the seed grant web site with your Georgia Tech ID and password in order to access the seed grant application system.

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Please contact Michelle Wong with any questions.