FY20 November InCHIP Ideas Lab Seed Funding

Preventing Opioid-Related Deaths: InCHIP Ideas Lab | November 2019

  • Purpose
  • Description

    UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) is offering pilot funding for faculty and researchers at UConn, UConn Health, and the regional campuses who participate in the InCHIP Ideas Lab in fall of 2019. These pilot studies should be in line with the theme of the Ideas Lab – how best to prevent opioid-related deaths in Connecticut. Please note that while the core team applying for funding must have formed during the Ideas Lab itself, we anticipate that additional team members who may not have attended the event may need to be added (e.g., topical experts, methodologists, etc.). Teams funded through this mechanism are expected to submit external grant applications that stem from this funding through InCHIP within one year of completing the pilot project

    Program Award and Details:

    Pilot funds of up to $50,000 are available for award in this seed grant competition. All grant funds must be expended within two years of the award date. Unexpended funds will revert to InCHIP.

  • Key Dates
  • Key Dates:

    Monday November 18th, 2019: FOA posted

    November-December, 2019: InCHIP Ideas Lab

    Friday, January 24th 2020: InCHIP Affiliate Application Due by 11:59 PM EST

    Friday, January 31st, 2020: Full Proposals due via the form below by 11:59 PM EST

    February 2020: Applicants Notified of Award Decision

    March/April 2020 – June 2022: Award Period


    1. Ideas Lab Activities

    Between November 8th and December 6th, the formal Ideas Lab programming will be held.

    2. Proposal Development

    1. It is strongly recommended that, prior to developing their seed grant proposal, applicants watch the previously recorded InCHIP webinar on how to effectively structure a seed grant to support a future external grant application. It is essential that the work supported by an InCHIP seed grant be linked to a larger future project.

    View Webinar

    2. Applicants are also encouraged (but not required) to utilize resources offered by InCHIP’s Cores when developing their research ideas and proposals. Seed grant-related services available through the InCHIP Cores include:

    Training and Development Core: Individual consultations are available by appointment with InCHIP Training and Development Core staff. Additionally, Grant Proposal Incubators can be scheduled to provide applicants the opportunity to meet with a panel of InCHIP investigators to receive feedback on their research idea and proposal.

    Community-Engaged Health Research Core: This Core can help UConn researchers make linkages to community researchers and community-based organizations (e.g., community health centers). For assistance with identifying possible community partners, email deborah.cornman@uconn.edu

    NOTE: InCHIP Cores offer more extensive services for those applying for external funding including pre- and post-award services, as well as assistance with the design, development, implementation, and dissemination of research. A complete description of the Core services can be found on their respective webpages (see links above). Please look for announcements from InCHIP about Core trainings, workshops, and events in the coming months.


    3. Submit Application:

    Applications must be submitted through the form at the bottom of the page by the end of the day (11:59 PM EST) on Janury 31st 2020. Proposals must be uploaded as a single PDF. An application checklist, as well as templates for sections A and G, are available to download (see “Application Checklist & Templates” below).

    The application for this seed grant mechanism can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • Eligibility
  • Project and Investigator Eligibility

    1. Proposals must be clearly linked to a planned external grant application in the area of human health.

    2. The principal investigator(s) must have an advanced degree (e.g., PhD, MD, PharmD), have an eligible faculty appointment at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, or one of the regional campuses, and be eligible to submit external grants through InCHIP or UConn Health. Eligible faculty appointments are tenured or tenure-track faculty, in-residence research faculty, clinical faculty, other research faculty, and research scientists/scholars.

    3. Ineligible faculty appointments are post-doctoral fellows, lecturers, research assistants and research associates, visiting titles, and adjunct faculty.

    4. Graduate students are not eligible for this opportunity.

    5. Applicants are required to be approved InCHIP Faculty Affiliates by the time their final proposals are submitted. Applicants who are not currently Affiliates must apply to become one by 11:59 pm EST on January 24th 2020. The InCHIP Affiliation application form and instructions are available here. Please allow at least two weeks for approval.

    6. The research topic must relate to the theme of this year’s Ideas Lab: developing novel approaches to prevent opioid-related deaths in our state. A wide range of research is permitted, including but not limited to, natural history studies, observational studies, qualitative research, correlational studies, pilot trials, and secondary data analysis.

    7. The proposed seed grant project should address a novel research question, not a research question that is already being explored as part of an existing externally-funded project.

    8. If funded, changes to the project’s objectives and budget will require prior approval from InCHIP staff.

    9. The PI(s) must commit in good faith to using the seed grant funds to obtain pilot data to support an external grant proposal that will be submitted through InCHIP or UConn Health within a year of completing the pilot project.

    10. A PI who already has an InCHIP Ideas Lab seed grant must close out the award from that InCHIP Ideas Lab seed grant before the start of the award period for the FY20 InCHIP Seed Grant.

    11. Application Limits: Eligible faculty may only submit one proposal per year as PI or MPI. Investigators may serve as a collaborator on multiple projects.

  • Proposal Guidelines
  • Application Instructions:

    Proposals should contain the following elements and follow the structure and guidelines indicated. All length guidelines assume 1” margins, 11-12pt fonts, single spacing, and single side pages. Proposals (items A through H below) should be submitted as a compiled pdf via the form below by 11:59 PM January 31st, 2020.

    Go to Application

    Templates and Checklist:

    An application checklist, as well as sections A and G (See below), are available to download as templates (see “Application Checklist & Templates” below).
    A. Cover Page

    1. Project Title (maximum 200 characters).
    2. PI(s) Contact Information.
    3. Abstract/Project Summary (maximum 1 page) – This section should describe the concept for the future external grant application and explicitly state how the proposed seed grant will help the research team develop a more competitive external grant.

    B. Research Plan (maximum 4 pages)

    1. Specific Aims – In addition to information about the proposed pilot project, this section should include information about the planned future external grant application.
    2. Research Strategy – Provide a brief description of significance, innovation, and approach. The significance and innovation descriptions should focus on the larger research questions that will be addressed by the future external grant application. The approach portion of the Research Strategy should focus on the pilot project that is being funded by the seed grant.

    C. References (not included in the 4-page maximum for the Research Plan).
    D. Biographical sketch of PI(s), in NIH or NSF format.
    E. Roles and functions of project personnel, and the individual responsibilities of the PI(s) (maximum 1 page).
    F. Budget with justification for each item (maximum 1 page).
    G. Sources of Support and Relationship to Extant Research

    1. Other Sources of Support for the proposed project (e.g., additional funding, in-kind services, equipment).
    2. Brief discussion of how the proposed pilot project is related to any current projects being conducted by the PI(s).

    H.Letters of Support (optional)

    Important Notes:

    1. Seed grant proposals are not required to be routed through InCHIP or Sponsored Program Services (SPS).

    2. Seed grant proposals must be predominantly the work of the Principal Investigator (PI) and for the benefit of the PI’s research program. Proposals written primarily by graduate students or others in the PI’s name will not be considered.

    3. Full proposals will undergo a rigorous review process by reviewers from the InCHIP affiliate network. One or more external reviewers may be consulted as well. Individuals who are Senior/Key Personnel or Other Significant Contributors on a seed grant proposal will be excluded from participation in the review process. Reviewers and InCHIP staff may request additional information from applicants to better evaluate the scientific merit of the application, to clarify any aspect of the proposal, or to assess how the application fits within the strategies priorities of InCHIP.

    4. Investigators will be notified via email whether or not their proposal has been awarded funding.

  • Review Criteria
  • Priority for funding will be based on the following review criteria:

    A. Scientific merit of the research idea and the extent to which is it novel or innovative (e.g., testing a new methodology, theory, or understudied research area).

    B. Scientific premise and rigor of the pilot work to be supported by the seed grant.

    C. Relevance of the study to the Ideas Lab theme.

    D. Feasibility of plans to submit an external grant proposal to external funders no later than one year following completion of the pilot project.

    E. Composition of the research team (preference will be given to interdisciplinary work by newly formed teams).

  • Application Checklist & Templates
  • Budget Guidelines
  • Seed grant funds may only be used for direct costs of carrying out approved projects, such as:

    1. Personnel who are essential for conducting the research project, such as graduate research assistants and student labor. Individuals who are not on the regular state payroll (i.e., consultants and other off-campus assistance) may be hired to perform special research-related tasks as needed.

    2. Resources that require fee-for-services within UConn.

    3. Participant incentives for recruitment or study participation.

    4. Out of state travel that is necessary to conduct the research.

    5. Equipment necessary for conducting the research (“equipment” is defined as an article of tangible, non-expendable personal property that costs $5,000 or more).

    6. Project supplies, including drugs and services.

    7. Other specifically authorized expenses as may be essential for carrying out the project.

    Seed grant funds may not be used for the following:

    1. Principal Investigator’s, Co-Investigator’s, or any faculty member’s salary.

    2. Living expenses.

    3. Laptops or desktop computers, unless used exclusively for the project and not for any other activities.

    4. Service/maintenance contracts on equipment.

    5. Laboratory renovations or other infrastructure renovations.

    6. Institutional and/or individual memberships in professional organizations.

    7. Travel to professional meetings to present the results of the research, or any conference attendance.

    8. Indirect costs, including clerical and administrative personnel salaries.

    9. Costs associated with the publication of results of the research, such as the purchase of reprints.

    10. Investigator training costs, including tuition.

  • Post-Award Considerations
  • Awardee Requirements

    If awarded, the PIs are not required to route their proposal through Sponsored Programs Services (SPS).

    The awarded PIs are responsible for obtaining all required approvals for their research from the relevant IRB(s). Please visit the UConn IRB website for more information about the IRB approval process for research conducted at the UConn Storrs Campus, the four regional campuses, and the School of Law. For more information about the IRB approval process for research conducted at UConn Health, please visit the UConn Health IRB website.

    Awardees will be required to submit a brief summary report of their progress annually to InCHIP for a period of 5 years following receipt of their funding award. Changes to the project’s objectives, PI(s), and budget will require prior approval from relevant InCHIP staff.

    Faculty based at UConn Storrs, Hartford, Avery Point, Stamford, and Waterbury must submit any external grant applications that result from this seed grant award through InCHIP.

    All research products (e.g., publications, presentations) must acknowledge InCHIP funding support: “This research was supported by pilot grant funding from the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut.”

    Detailed awardee instructions/requirements will be distributed to seed grant winners when they are notified of the award decisions. All awardee requirements described above are subject to change in accordance with updated institutional procedures (e.g., routing requirements).

  • Program Contacts
    For questions not addressed in this FOA, please contact Grace Morris at grace.morris@uconn.edu

Seed Grant Application

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