FY22 InCHIP Seed Grants for UConn Faculty

Description:

UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) offers seed grants for InCHIP affiliates who are faculty at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, and the regional campuses. These grants are designed to fund pilot work that will directly support a future external grant application in the area of human health, consistent with InCHIP’s mission. The external grant must be submitted through InCHIP or UConn Health within one year of completing the pilot project.

New this year, InCHIP is offering a Seed Grant for UConn Faculty that focuses on Racism, Health Disparities, and Health Equity.

This funding opportunity prioritizes research in the areas of racial health disparities and the specific health-related outcomes of racism. Research on racial health disparities is defined as work that examines how health status (including disease state, morbidity, and mortality) or access to healthcare or health-related resources (such as housing, transportation, healthy food, and education) differs along lines of race/ethnicity. Research on the health outcomes of racism is defined as research that examines the ways interpersonal, systemic, or ideological forms of racism impact health outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, research to pilot specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. This seed grant is not intended for research that treats ‘race’ solely as a variable or as a biological or phenotypic attribute with deterministic outcomes.

Program Award and Details:

There will be two cycles of seed grant funding during the 2021-22 academic year – one in the fall semester and a second one in the spring. If your grant application does not get funded in the first cycle, you are permitted to revise and resubmit for the second cycle, or submit an entirely new grant application. We anticipate that four to five seed grants of $15,000 apiece will be awarded during this academic year.

  • At least one of the seed grants will be reserved for research on Racism, Health Disparities, and Health Equity, and at least one of the seed grants will be reserved for applicants who have never been awarded, as a Principal Investigator (PI), a grant that provides more than $100,000 in total costs per year of external funding.
  • All grant funds must be expended within two years of the award date. Unexpended funds will revert to InCHIP. Please see the Budget Guidelines for more information.

Funding Priorities:

Seed grant funding will be prioritized based on:

A. How the pilot work will increase the likelihood of external grant funding, AND

B. The scientific merit of the larger future project for which external funding will be sought and the extent to which is it novel or innovative.

Key Dates:

There will be two cycles of seed grant funding during the 2020-21 academic year – one in the fall semester and a second one in the spring. If your grant application does not get funded in the first cycle, you are permitted to revise and resubmit for the second cycle.

Fall Semester Cycle

Friday, November 5, 2021: Express Intent to Apply. See tab to the left for more information
Friday, November 5, 2021: InCHIP Network Membership Application Due by 11:59 PM EST
Friday, December 3, 2021: Fall Semester Full Proposal Due 11:59 PM EST
March 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024: Award Period

Spring Semester Cycle

Friday, March 4, 2022: Express Intent to Apply. See tab to the left for more information
Friday, March 4, 2022: InCHIP Network Membership Application Due by 11:59 PM EST
Friday, April 1, 2022: Spring Semester Full Proposal Due 11:59 PM EST
June 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024: Award Period

Timeline:

1. Express Intent to Apply:

It is strongly encouraged that researchers interested in applying for this opportunity inform InCHIP about their “Intent to Apply” at least a month prior to the submission deadline, using the form below. This is an opportunity for researchers to acquire support while in the developmental stage of their proposal. InCHIP can provide any of the following forms of support for seed grant applicants:
a. Help finding a faculty research partner.
b. Help finding a community partner.
c. Help identifying a Federally-Qualified Health Center (community health center) partner.
d. Feedback from experienced researchers on your pilot study idea/proposal prior to submitting it.

Go to Intent to Apply

2. Proposal Development

a. 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.

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b. Applicants are also encouraged (but not required) to utilize InCHIP’s research development resources when working on their research ideas and proposals. Seed grant-related services available through InCHIP include the following:

  • Individual consultations can be arranged with InCHIP staff to discuss the proposed study, find potential faculty collaborators, and/or identify possible future external funding mechanisms. To schedule a consultation, email grace.morris@uconn.edu.
  • Grant Proposal Incubators can be scheduled to provide applicants with the opportunity to receive feedback on their research idea and/or proposal from one or more InCHIP investigators. For more information, email grace.morris@uconn.edu.
  • Applicants can be assisted with making 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 offers 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 available services can be found on InCHIP’s website. Please look for announcements from InCHIP about 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 the deadlines listed below. Proposals must be uploaded as a single PDF. An application checklist is available to download (see “Application Checklist” below).

Friday, December 3, 2021: Fall Semester Full Proposal Due 11:59 PM EST
Friday, April 1, 2022: Spring Semester Full Proposal Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to Application

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 (PI) 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, 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 Friday, November 5, 2021 or Friday, March 4, 2022, depending on the cycle the application is submitted. The InCHIP Affiliation application form and instructions are available here. Please allow at least two weeks for approval.

6. The proposed research must be consistent with InCHIP’s mission, which can be found here. It does not have to involve intervention development, implementation, or evaluation. 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 Seed Grant for Faculty Affiliates must close out the award for that InCHIP seed grant before the start of the award period for the FY22 InCHIP Seed Grant. This is not required for a PI who has an InCHIP Rolling Seed Grant to Develop Interdisciplinary Teams.

11. Application Limits: Eligible faculty may only submit one proposal per 2021-22 cycle as PI or Co-PI. If a PI is awarded a seed grant in Fall 2021, they may not submit a second seed grant application in Spring 2022. If, however, they are not funded in Fall 2021, they are permitted to submit a seed grant application during the Spring cycle. Investigators may serve as a collaborator on multiple projects.

12. If a PI’s application is not funded, they are permitted to revise and resubmit that proposal once during a future funding cycle. In addition to their funding proposal, the PI must submit a one- to two-page introduction indicating how they have addressed reviewers’ feedback in their revised proposal.

13. UConn faculty who work at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) are not eligible to be a PI on this seed grant unless they can submit their external grant applications through UConn. If they are required to submit their external grant applications through CCMC, they can serve as a Co-Investigator on this grant but not as a PI.

Application Instructions:

Proposals should contain the following elements and follow the structure and guidelines indicated. All length guidelines assume 1-inch margins, 11-12 pt fonts, single spacing, and single-sided pages. Proposals (items A through J below) should be submitted as a single, compiled PDF via the form below by one of the following deadlines:

Fall Semester Cycle

Friday, December 3, 2021: Fall Semester Full Proposal Due 11:59 PM EST

Spring Semester Cycle

Friday, April 1, 2022: Spring Semester Full Proposal Due 11:59 PM EST

Go to Application

Application Components

An application checklist is available to download (see “Application Checklist” 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. Include an explanation of how the proposed pilot project will lead to a new externally-funded research project.
  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). If seeking the funding designated for community-engaged health research in Connecticut, be explicit about who the community partner(s) is and how they will be involved in the design and implementation of the project.

F. Budget with Justification for each item (maximum 1 page).

G. Sources of Support and Relationship to Extant Research.

H. Disclosure of Other Sources of Support for the proposed project (e.g., additional funding, in-kind services, equipment).

I. Proposed Project’s Relationship to Extant Research: Provide a brief description of how the proposed pilot project is related to any current projects being conducted by the PI(s).

J. Letters of Support (optional)

K. Introduction for Revise and Resubmit: For PIs revising and resubmitting a previous seed grant application that did not get funded, provide a one- to two-page introduction indicating how you addressed the issues raised by reviewers in your summary review statement.

 

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 strategic priorities of InCHIP.

4. Investigators will be notified via email whether their proposal has been awarded funding.

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

A. Scientific merit of the planned external grant application 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, and the extent to which it will make a substantial contribution to the planned external grant application.

C. The relevance of the study to InCHIP’s research mission and strategic priorities.

D. Composition of the research team (preference will be given to interdisciplinary work)

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

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.

Awardee Requirements:

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).

Admin Contact: Grace Morris, MA (Research Development Specialist), seedgrants@chip.uconn.edu, 860-486-7935

Intent to Apply

Researchers interested in applying for this opportunity are strongly encouraged to let InCHIP know of their “Intent to Apply” via the form below at least one month prior to submission. This is an opportunity to acquire support while in the developmental stage of one’s proposal. InCHIP can provide any of the following forms of support for seed grant applicants:

  • Help finding a faculty research partner
  • Help finding a community partner
  • Help identifying a Federally-Qualified Health Center (community health center) partner
  • Receiving feedback on your pilot study from experienced researchers

    If you are interested in these services, please submit this form to InCHIP at least a month prior to the deadline of seed grant(s) to provide adequate time for the coordination of these services.

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Seed Grant Application

Directions: There will be two cycles of seed grant funding during the 2020-21 academic year – one in the Fall semester and a second one in the Spring. If your grant application does not get funded in the first cycle, you are permitted to revise and resubmit for the second cycle or submit an entirely new grant application.

Applications must be submitted by the end of day (11:59 PM EST) on December 3, 2021 (first cycle) or April 1, 2022 (second cycle) using the form at the bottom of the page.

If you have any technical issues, please contact Grace Morris (grace.morris@uconn.edu).

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