John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund for Biomedical Research
Research Pilot Grant Instructions and Application Packet
The purpose of the Research Pilot Grant program is to
stimulate the development of new research initiatives through the
support of pilot projects that have a very high probability of
attracting new biomedical research grants to UTMB. While there are no
restrictions upon the goals of the projects (which may be related to
ongoing work in the principal investigator’s laboratory) Research Pilot
Grants will not supplement or replace externally funded research
projects. It is incumbent upon the principal investigator (PI) to
address the relationship between the proposed research and ongoing
projects, and to convince the reviewers that successful completion of
the proposed experiments will have a reasonable likelihood of
attracting new grant support. Reviewers will critically evaluate
proposals (which may include preliminary data) for scientific merit and
the potential to attract new funding.
John Sealy Memorial Endowment Fund (JSMEF) Research
Pilot Grants will be evaluated using the NIH Enhanced Peer Review
Process. Research Pilot Grant applications will mirror the NIH
Shortened/Restructured applications, and reviewers will utilize the
9-point rating scale. Additionally, JSMEF reviewers will recognize an
investigator’s NIH designation as a New Investigator (NI) / Early Stage
Investigator (ESI). Applications from NI/ESI will be identified so
that consideration of their career stage can be applied during the
A new investigator is defined as an
individual who has not previously competed successfully for an
NIH-supported research project other than small or early stage research
awards (R00, R03, R15, R21, R34, R36, R55, R56) or training-related
and mentored career awards.
An Early Stage Investigator is defined as a PI who qualifies as a New Investigator
and is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree
or is within 10 years of completing medical residency (or the
Research Pilot Grants are open to all eligible UTMB
assistant professors, associate professors or professors. Please refer
to the current UTMB policy for Principal Investigator eligibility. New,
early stage and established investigators (tenure/non-tenure track) are
encouraged to apply.
Research Pilot Grants
Approved applications will be funded for up to
$50,000 for one year. Applications for both clinical and basic research
are encouraged. PIs may request a no-cost extension at the end of the
project period. PIs with funded JSMEF Research Pilot Grants may submit a
competitive renewal for a second year of funding for the same project.
The PI must be able to demonstrate substantial progress on the grant
to be eligible for a second year of funding. An individual investigator
may submit only one Research Pilot Grant per round. Unfunded proposals
may be resubmitted one time with revisions.
If other support is obtained for the project, the
Sealy Pilot Award will be inactivated and all unexpended funds will be
returned to the program.
Salary support for the Principal Investigator and Co-investigators is not an allowable expense. A
minimum of 1% effort is required for all sponsored projects per UT
System Policy UTS163-Guidance on Effort Reporting Policies.
Cost Sharing forms are not required.
Equipment and Computer costs are not an
allowable cost. Travel will not be allowed unless it is required to
carry-out the project (i.e., travel to communities to interview subjects). Subcontracts will be allowed only if subcontract budget is less than $5,000.
A faculty member may simultaneously submit to both
the research pilot grant program and bridging grant program provided
the applications are significantly different; however, only one application can be funded.
The Research Pilot Grant Application
The principal investigator is requested to provide one electronic copy by email of the following:
- An OSP routing form with appropriate signatures;
- JSMEF Research Pilot Application packet, which includes:
- Face Page
- Proposal Abstract
- One Year Budget
- Budget Justification
- Biosketches for all Key Personnel (NIH format)
- Resources and Environment
- An explanation of how Sealy Funding will
advance the research and career of the Principal Investigator, and
attract extramural funding. Also address the relationship between the
proposed research and ongoing projects, if applicable (one page limit).
- Research Plan including
- Introduction (only for resubmissions; 1 page limit)
- Specific Aims (1 page limit)
- Research Strategy (6 page limit)
- Human Subject information
- Animal Subject information
- Literature Cited
- Letters of Support, if applicable
Click here for a printed copy of the Research Pilot Grant application. Click here for a printed copy of the Research Pilot Grant instructions.
For information or answers to specific questions, please contact Ericia Huff
at (409) 266-9433.