Pilot Grant Program: Request for Proposals

Research Objectives and Scope:

The objective of this pilot grant program is to foster the development of cohesive, ongoing multi-institution research initiatives organized around precision therapy. The program provides seed funding for collaborative teams to grow a more robust external public and private grant and contract portfolio. One of the goals of the SA PPT partners is to build a sustainable program that will eventually attract outside funding for your proposed research initiatives and for additional new research. Therefore, all applicants should provide sufficient rationale and evidence (1) for the strong probability of success of near future funding applications and (2) that such funding will benefit the efforts of the SA PPT mission. Award selections will be based on scientific merit, trajectory for success, and the collaborative and innovative nature of projects.

A brief email indicating your intent to submit a proposal is due Monday, March 16th, 5:00 PM CST to ltullis@sappt.org. You do not need to provide project details at this time. Full RFPs are due April 13th, 2020 5:00 PM CST to ltullis@sappt.org

In addition to the technical focus on Precision Therapeutics, the collaboration of the four partner institutions is also intended to highlight the breadth and depth of the combined expertise of the four partner institutions.  Proposals for projects to be funded by the SA PPT should describe the contributions of each entity and emphasize the way that project performance will enhance future technical collaborations amongst the entities.  Of the proposals that score well based on the evaluation of technical content, preferential consideration will be given to proposals that include participation by all of the partner institutions.

We will be updating the website with additional information on the unique assets of each Institution. If you need assistance in identifying the appropriate resource please contact:

Dr. Joanne Turner; Texas Biomed joanneturner@txbiomed.org
Dr. Andrea Giuffrida; UT Health SA giuffrida@uthscsa.edu
Dr. Bernard Arulanandam; UTSA bernard.arulanandam@utsa.edu
Dr. Michael MacNaughton; SwRI michael.macnaughton@swri.org

Download the full Request for Proposal and Budget Template here:

Key Events:

  • March 20th Pilot Grant Letter of Intent due
  • Provide link to the Pilot Grant Program Information
  • March (date  and location TBD) Capabilities Workshop
  • Researchers interested in learning about collaborative opportunities

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