SCIRE small grant ($5,000) is for
researchers who do not have current funding from SCIRE. The final
decision whether or not to award a grant rests with the ad hoc R&D
reviewers, in concurrence with SCIRE administration.
A minimal application, which includes the following, should be sent
to Lea Lowe by for scientific review by an ad hoc R&D
committee. After a funding decision is made, awardees will be
directed to prepare a complete R&D application (and IRB, as
This process is similar to the Just in Time submission process for
other awards. Please contact us if you have any questions.
The application should
The research plan
should demonstrate the feasibility solely with the $5,000 budget. In
other words, do not propose a study with the scope that approximate
a 5 year NIH or Merit Review project, but a reasonable and limited
set of studies.
The following criteria
will be considered:
Clarity of research
Qualifications of PI
project can be completed with the $5,000 budget
utilizing project results by demonstrating how the findings will
be used to support larger, independent funding.
For your information:
A maximum of 2
awards per laboratory per year
A researcher who
receives an award from SCIRE cannot reapply for 2 years and can
only receive the award twice.
An R&D sub-committee
will decide the scientific merit
will make final funding decision and notify awardees
Written reviews are
not provided to the applicants
The applications can
be accepted at any time. The next group of applications will be
reviewed before the February R&D meeting.
The scientists who submitted an application previously for SCIRE
grants should review the above application requirements and resubmit
their application using these guidelines.
It may be useful to have
someone here at VALBHS who is familiar with your work review your
proposal for its strengths and weaknesses, prior to submitting your