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2019 COBRE Request for pilot proposals Updated //

COBRE Request for Pilot Project Proposals

The Mind Research Network NIGMS funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) is soliciting applications for pilot projects. Applicants are encouraged to develop multidisciplinary projects that fit within or expand upon the existing COBRE infrastructure and its theme of multimodal imaging of psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Projects that synergize across existing initiatives, and/or that incorporate neuromodulation, are especially encouraged. However, any project using COBRE or MRN resources may be judged as competitive for pilot funding. Please submit budgets up to a maximum of $25K in non-scan costs and up to $25K in scan costs. The pilot project program is designed to provide 1 year of support and training for investigators (individuals with a PhD and/or MD at any level, from junior to senior) who have an interesting idea that will lead to a future funded project.  The COBRE cores include 1) MDA: multimodal data acquisition (MRI/MEG), 2) ADA: algorithm and data analysis, 3) BNI: biostatistics and neuroinformatics. If needed, applicants should identify a mentor or mentors from the existing COBRE senior faculty.

See COBRE Phase III for details on MRN’s COBRE.

Proposal Format and Submission:

The deadline for applications is October 1st, 2019. Applications can be emailed to Vince Clark (vclark@mrn.org). Proposals should be sent as a single pdf file and include the following information:

Project Narrative (no more than 3 pages):

Describe your project, including the following elements:

  1. Title
  2. PI/mentor(s) [if junior PI]/Co-PIs
  3. Relationship of project to COBRE cores (1 paragraph, describe how the project will leverage the COBRE cores)
  4. Specific aims
  5. Innovation & significance
  6. Research plan & timeline
  7. Future plans (1 paragraph describing specific timeline that will lead to future grant submissions that will in turn include support for the established COBRE cores)

Additional Required Information:

  1. Project bibliography
  2. Project budget and budget justification
  3. NIH biosketches for PI and primary collaborators

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed and ranked by the COBRE internal faculty development committee (IFDC). Finalists will be invited to present their projects (10 minute presentations) and final decisions will be announced by Nov 15th, 2019. Note, following approval by the COBRE IFDC, additional approvals by the external advisory committee and the NIH are also needed.