GSI 2023 Pilot Grant Competition – Applications Due April 7
The Genome Science Institute will soon hold the workshop pilot grant competition this Spring 2023 aimed at assisting GSI labs at Boston University try out new genetics and genomics technologies. These pilot grants are intended to provide the resources needed to generate preliminary data prior to the submission of extramural grants (e.g., R01s or P01s).
PURPOSE AND SCOPE: These pilot workshop grants are intended to stimulate the utilization of new technologies in genetics and genomics research for GSI labs to generate preliminary data for extramural grant applications. We encourage applicants to seek opportunities to enhance their NIH research proposal applications. This 2023 themes are genomics technologies new to our research campus, with examples such as SPLIT-seq, Cut & Run sequencing, or very-long-read deep sequencing. See the GSI Seminar Series for Genomics Company Representatives who will present genomics technologies in upcoming presentations.
ELIGIBLITY: Multiple grants (at least 6 this year, up to ~$10K each) from the GSI will eligible to BU research faculty on the Medical or Charles River campuses. Joint PIs are allowed. At least one PI must have been a GSI member for the six months prior to the submission deadline (Exceptions for new faculty will be considered.) The GSI is open to all BU faculty engaged in genetics and/or genomics research. Although recent recipients of a previous GSI award can still apply to this competition, these applications will be reviewed with the additional considerations of the progress and/or completion of the previous GSI awards and distinctiveness of the new application from previously awarded applications to the GSI. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
- A two-page max application outlining the specific aims, rationale, background (brief) and methodology (brief) of the project. The application should also describe the expertise of the individuals involved.
- The application should describe how the GSI funding amount towards the purchasing of a new genomics technology for a trial will generate new preliminary data for a future external grant submission.
- Those applicants who received GSI awards in the past, please summarize the outcomes of the funded research: grants, publications, collaborations, patent applications, etc.
- Applications should be sent to email@example.com by End of Business on April 7, 2023.
REVIEW PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed for scientific merit and potential importance in the field of genetics and genomics. Applications will be ranked by the GSI Pilot Grant Committee and funding level determined by the GSI directors. A summary of the discussion is available by contacting the seed committee chair after the review. Anyone with a Conflict of Interest with a potential reviewer should make appropriate notes in the application.
REPORTING: Individuals who are funded should appropriately acknowledge support of the GSI in publications and grant applications that arise from this project. A 1-2 page progress report outlining the work carried out, as well as a basic breakdown of how funds have been spent is due 12 months from the date of award. Individuals will also be required to present their findings from this research support in the GSI Research symposium.
Finally, individuals are required to notify the GSI if any of the work conducted as a result of a GSI pilot grant contributes in any way to either a publication or a subsequent award. This allows the GSI to measure the effectiveness of this program.