• 2013 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program
    for the 
    BioScience Research Collaborative
     
    Administered through the Gulf Coast Consortia   
     
    The Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) is pleased to announce the RFA for the 2013 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program. Launched in 2009 as a 10-year program with generous support from the John S. Dunn Foundation, this seed grant program continues to build the Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the interdisciplinary environment of the Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC).  The purpose of this program is to foster excellent interdisciplinary and inter-institutional engagement in quantitative life sciences by providing two types of seed grants: 
     
    (1) Research: Up to $100,000 total to support research/preliminary work for 2 years that is essential to be competitive for future funding 
     
    (2) Event: Up to $8,000 for 1 year to support events/activities designed to bring together new interdisciplinary communities.  
     
    Funds are awarded each year with one member of each team required to be part of the BRC-Associated Faculty (for a list of BRC-Associated Faculty eligible for the Dunn Research Award Program, please click here).  
        
    Selection Criteria and Review Process
     
    The selection criteria for the research program include the originality and quality of the proposed research, the anticipated level of impact of the work proposed, the novelty and interdisciplinary nature of the collaboration, the strategy for integration of the team, and the potential for long-term sustainability from competitive funding sources. 
     
    The selection criteria for the event program include the interdisciplinary goals, the potential for bringing together new sets of faculty for future research, the novelty of the effort, and the likelihood of succeeding in developing new cross-disciplinary interactions and research. 
     
    Due to the significant increase in proposal submissions and the high interdisciplinarity of the proposals, the review process for the 2013 program will employ a new model for review.  All research teams wishing to submit a full proposal must first submit a notice of intent (NOI) (see below for further details). All NOIs will be reviewed by a panel of highly qualified reviewers.  The top ten NOIs will be selected and invited to submit a full research proposal that adheres to the submission requirements.  The GCC Oversight Committee will approve the final awards based on the recommendations of the review panel.  
     
    Eligible Teams  
     
    • Participation is limited to faculty in GCC member institutions (Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, University of Houston, The University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and eligible faculty at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) based on TCH determination of anticipated BRC occupancy.  
    • One member of the collaborative team (whether research or event-related) must be identified as BRC-Associated Faculty eligible for the Dunn Research Award Program (click here for the list).   
    • The research teams must include collaborators from at least two different eligible institutions; event teams must include collaborators from at least three different eligible institutions.  
    • For the research competition, the investigators should not have worked together previously, since the goal of this program is to initiate new research collaborations.  This criterion will be based on whether the faculty members proposing a collaboration have joint publications.  Collaborations in new areas from individuals that have previously collaborated may be considered under special circumstances.  
    • Faculty can be PI or a member of the collaborative team on only one proposal.  
    • Members of any recipient research team that received support in 2009-2012 grant programs are ineligible in the 2013 research grant programs.  For a listing of past recipients, click here.  
    • Members of any team that received an event award in 2009-2012 are ineligible in the 2013 event grant program.
     
    Proposals will be submitted on-line.   
     
    Proposal Timeline
     
    Call for proposals announced  March 20, 2013 
    Notices of intent submission deadline  May 1, 2013
    Invitations sent for submission of full research proposals conforming to program guidelines  June 17, 2013
    Full research proposal submission deadline  August 15, 2013     
    Notice of awards  early November 2013
    Project start date  January 1, 2014
     
    Research Proposal Requirements
     
    Research Notices of Intent
    Due: May 1, 2013
    Notices of Intent (NOIs) that do not adhere to these guidelines or do not meet requirements for eligibility will be returned without review. For the Research NOI submission site, click here.
     
    1. Project Title and Affiliations:  Page 1 must include the project title and the names, positions, and affiliations of the investigator team involved in the project. The principal investigator should be listed first.  Also, name(s), email address(es), and phone number(s) for departmental and other relevant administrators should be included.
    2. BRC Participation: Identify the specific investigator(s) that is (are) a member of the BRC-Associated Eligible Faculty group (click here for list).
    3. Abstract:  Include a one-paragraph scientific abstract (limit 300 words) with a clear description of the area(s) of research that will be the focus of the application and the specific aims of the project. 
    4. Collaborative Interactions and Impact: Include a one-paragraph description (limit 300 words) of how the proposed project represents a new collaborative research initiative and the planned cross-disciplinary approach. Briefly describe the perceived novelty and impact of the proposed collaborative research.
    5. Potential reviewers: Please provide names of potential researchers that could provide an unbiased, knowledgable review your interdisciplinary proposal—3 that are based from within the TMC and 3 that are external to the TMC.
      
     
    Full Research Proposals  
    Invitation to Submit: June 17, 2013
    Due: August 15, 2013
    By invitation only. Research proposals are limited to the 10 research teams invited to submit full proposals after review of Notices of Intent.   
     
    The proposal should utilize 11-point Arial font with at least one inch margins. Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines below or do not meet requirements for eligibility will be returned without review.
      
    1. Project Title and Affiliations: On Page 1, include the project title and the names, positions, and affiliations of the investigator team involved in the project. The principal investigator should be listed first.  Also name(s), email address(es), and phone number(s) for departmental and other relevant administrators should be included.  
    2. BRC Participation: Identify the investigator(s) that is (are) on the list of BRC-Associated Faculty eligible for the Dunn Research Award program (click here for list).  
    3. Scientific Abstract:  Include a one-paragraph scientific abstract (limit 300 words) that includes a clear description of the area(s) of research that will be the focus of the application, the planned cross-disciplinary approach, and the specific objectives of the project. 
    4. Lay Abstract: Include a one-paragraph lay abstract (limit 250 words) that describes the proposal in terms accessible to a non-scientist.  
    5. Research Plan:  (Maximum six (6) pages including illustrations and tables). The following elements are required:
    a. Specific Aims
    b. Background and Significance
    c. Preliminary Studies/Rationale
    d. Research Design and Methods (including a time table and milestones)  
    e. References (not included in 6 page limit).  
    6. Collaborative Interactions and Future Plans:  On a single page, detail the extent to which the proposed project represents a new collaborative research initiative, the planned cross-disciplinary approach, and the collaborative interactions. Briefly describe how this collaborative endeavor is novel and the perceived level of impact this research would have on the scientific community.  Describe the plans for seeking external funding to continue the proposed work.  This section should be an expansion of the paragraph submitted in the NOI. 
    7. Biographical Sketches: A biographical sketch of the investigators on the team must be included.  Please limit these documents to two (2) pages each with relevant publications using the standard NIH format. The biographical sketch for the principal investigator should be placed first.  
    8. Budget and Budget Justification: A preliminary budget and budget justification must be submitted for review consideration. See the “Research Budget Information” section below for further information.  Budgets and justification will be finalized upon notice of award in compliance with the investigators’ home institutions.
     
    Note on Institutional Approval: Approval and sign off by the appropriate institutional representative will be required after selection.  Other compliance documents may also be required.  
     
    Research Budget Guidelines
    • Funds may be requested for  
    o supplies, 
    o equipment (up to $5,000), 
    o travel (up to $2,000), 
    o stipends, and 
    o research staff salaries.  
    • Equipment purchases should be limited to $5,000 unless the equipment is absolutely necessary to meet the aims presented. Justification should be provided.  
    • Travel funding is allowable up to $2,000.
    • Indirect (F/A) costs are not allowed.
    • Requests for salary for the PI and co-investigators are not allowed.   
    • Maximum budget is $100,000 for duration of up to two years.   
    • Under exceptional circumstances, a no-cost extension of up to one year may be requested, with required approval by the GCC Oversight Committee (maximum funding remains $100,000).   
    • If significant progress is not demonstrated by the end of the first year after review by the GCC Oversight Committee, then unused funds must be returned to the program.  
     
     
    Research Post-Award Requirements  
    1. Report:  Grant recipients are required to submit a mid-term progress report and a final report to the GCRC Program Director. Annual reports may be requested for five years post-award.  
    2. Research Proposal Reviewer: Grant recipients are required to participate in the subsequent years’ review processes as needed. 
    3. Other Requirements:  Grant recipients may be expected to present their research outcomes to the Dunn Foundation, the GCC Oversight Committee, or other interested parties and to provide additional information as requested by the GCC Oversight Committee.  This information would include a summary of the project as well as impact of the research within the GCC and the larger community.  
    4. Acknowledgements:  Funding from the John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program must be acknowledged in all publications or presentations associated with or arising from an award.  
         

    Event Proposal Requirements
     
    Event Notices of Intent
    Due: May 1, 2013
     
    Notices of Intent (NOIs) that do not adhere to these guidelines or do not meet requirements for eligibility will be returned without review. For the Event NOI submission site, click here.
     
    1. Project Title and Affiliations:  Page 1 must include the event title and the names, positions, and affiliations of the investigator team involved in the event. The principle investigator should be listed first.  Also, name(s), email address(es), and phone number(s) for departmental and other relevant administrators should be included.
    2. BRC Participation: Identify the investigator(s) that is (are) on the list of BRC-Associated Faculty eligible for the Dunn Research Award program (click here for list).
    3. Abstract:  Include a one-paragraph scientific abstract (limit 300 words) with a clear description of the area(s) of research that will be the focus of the event application and the specific aims for the event. 
    4. Collaborative Interactions and Impact: Include a one-paragraph description (limit 300 words) of how the proposed project represents a new collaborative research initiative and the planned cross-disciplinary approach. Briefly describe the perceived novelty and impact of the proposed collaborative event.
    5. Potential reviewers: Please provide names of potential researchers that could provide an unbiased, knowledgeable review of your interdisciplinary proposal—2 that are based from within the TMC and 2 that are external to the TMC.
     
    Full Event Proposals
    Invitation to Submit: June 17, 2013   
    Due: August 15, 2013  
     
    By invitation only. Event proposals are limited to the 10 research teams invited to submit full proposals after review of notices of intent.    
     
    The proposal should utilize 11-point Arial font with at least one inch margins. Applications that do not adhere to these guidelines or do not meet requirements for eligibility will be returned without review.  
     
    1. Project Title and Affiliations: On Page 1, include the event title and the names, positions, and affiliations of the investigator team involved in the event. The principal investigator should be listed first.  Also name(s), email address(es), and phone number(s) for departmental and other relevant administrators should be included.  
    2. BRC Participation: Identify the investigator(s) that is (are) on the list of BRC-Associated Faculty eligible for the Dunn Research Award Program (click here for list).  
    3. Scientific Abstract:  Include a one-paragraph scientific abstract (limit 300 words) that includes a clear description of the area(s) of research that will be the focus of the application, the planned multi-disciplinary event, the significance of this event, and the specific objectives of the event. 
    4. Lay Abstract: Include a one-paragraph lay abstract (limit 250 words) that describes the same information as the scientific abstract for the event but in terms accessible to a non-scientist.  
    5. Event Plan:  (Maximum two (2) pages including illustrations and tables). The following elements are required:
    a. What are the goals for this event(s) and how will these be undertaken?
    b. Why is this event(s) of importance to the GCC community?
    c. What are other events in the GCC community relevant to this activity?
    d. What is the nature of the event(s)?
    e. Who will attend?
    f. What is the anticipated impact of the event(s)? 
    6. Collaborative Interactions and Future Plans:  On a single page, detail the extent to which the proposed event(s) represents a new collaborative initiative, the potential impact of this event(s) on a cross-disciplinary research field or problem, and the collaborative interactions. Additionally, describe the collaborative interactions you anticipate to emerge from this event(s).  This section should be an expansion of the paragraph submitted in the NOI. 
    7. Biographical Sketches: A biographical sketch of the investigators on the team must be included.  Please limit these documents to two (2) pages each with relevant publications using the standard NIH format. The biographical sketch for the principal investigator should be placed first.  
    8. Budget and Budget Justification: A preliminary budget and budget justification must be submitted for review consideration. See the “Event Budget Guidelines” section below for further information.  Budgets and justification will be finalized upon notice of award in compliance with the investigators’ home institutions.
     
    Administration: The GCC will provide the administrative support for these events.
     
    Note on Institutional Approval: Approval and sign off by the appropriate institutional representative will be required after selection.  Other compliance documents may also be required.  
     
     
    Event Budget Guidelines 
    • Maximum budget is $8,000 for a duration of 1 year.
    • Funds may be requested for 
    o Supplies (e.g. program materials and food), 
    o Facility and equipment rental, 
    o Speaker/guest travel and honoraria,
    • Indirect (F/A) costs are not allowed.
    • Requests for salary for the PI and co-investigators are not allowed.   
    • Under exceptional circumstances, a no-cost extension of up to 6 months may be requested, with required approval by the GCC Oversight Committee (maximum funding remains $8,000).   
    • Unused funds must be returned to the program.  
     
     
    Event Post-Award Requirements  
    1. Report:  Grant recipients are required to submit a report to the GCRC Program Director detailing the event and its current and future impact in developing interdisciplinary and cross-institutional research. Annual reports may be requested for five years post-award.  
    2. Event Proposal Reviewer: Event grant recipients are required to participate in the subsequent years review processes as needed. 
    3. Other Requirements:  Grant recipients may be expected to present their event outcomes to the Dunn Foundation, the GCC Oversight Committee, or other interested parties and to provide additional information as requested by the GCC Oversight Committee.  This information would include a summary of the event as well as its impact within the GCC and the larger community.  
    4. Acknowledgements:  Funding from the John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program must be acknowledged in all publications or presentations associated with or arising from an award.  
         
     
    Questions
     
    For questions about the application process, contact the GCRC Program Director, Melissa Thompson (mst3@rice.edu), 713-348-4772. 
      
    For questions about the Dunn Research Award Program or the GCC, contact Melissa Thompson (mst3@rice.edu), or Kathleen Matthews (ksm@rice.edu).