Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Health Effects of Early Environmental Exposures
Pilot Research Project Grant Application – August 2018 Instructions
Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center announces its sixth call for Pilot Grant proposals. The Center’s mission is to increase the Environmental Health (EH) research portfolio at Mount Sinai and to bring non-EH researchers into the field through new transdisciplinary collaborations.
One $70,000 grant and three $25,000 grants will be disbursed to Mount Sinai researchers who are Core Center Members. Applications can be made to either grant program. The budget will determine which program is applicable. Research projects should deal with an issue relevant to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (e.g. metals, industrial solvents, endocrine disrupting chemicals, air pollution, pesticides etc.) See NIEHS’ 2018-2023 strategic plan for a description of their current research priorities. Both basic research and population science applications are encouraged. Grantees will be expected to briefly report on research progress annually, including subsequent extramural funding. These grants are intended to fund pilot projects that will lead to further investigation, such as an NIEHS grant to fund further years of research.
Among the $25,000 grants, applications from Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, and Community engaged research proposals will receive additional funding priority after reviewer scoring. No special priorities are set aside for the $70,000 grant.
Although postdoctoral fellows are not Center members and cannot apply for a pilot grant as the contact PI, we allow fellows to submit pilot project applications as a multiple PI (with a Center Member faculty as the contact PI) with the condition that the pilot must support the fellow’s K award as a future goal. Please see eligibility section below for a full list of center members.
Applications focused solely on toxicology/environmental health topics that are the purview of other NIH Institutes are not responsive. These include drugs of abuse (covered by NIDA), and ethanol (covered by NIAAA). However, an application dealing with any of these issues and an environmental toxicant is responsive. (For example, a proposal on the role of neurotoxic metal exposure in drug seeking behaviors; or trichloroethylene as an inhibitor of alcohol dehydrogenase). Likewise, studies on gene-chemical interactions, mixed social environment-chemical interactions or nutrition-chemical interactions are encouraged.
- PIs must be Mount Sinai Core Center members at the time of submission. For the full list of center members click here.
- To ensure that Pilot Project funds are distributed equitably, an Associate or full Professor PI, once funded, is not eligible to submit a new application for 1 year after receiving funding. Assistant Professors are exempt from this rule.
- Non-center members, including researchers and community-based organizations outside Mount Sinai, can apply as a co-investigators. If you are a community member and have an idea for a research proposal, please contact Luz Guel for more information about partnering with a P30 center member to apply: Luz.email@example.com.
- Outside collaborators who are members of other NIEHS P30 centers are encouraged and such collaborations are considered in the review process. A list of centers can be found here.
P30 Core Usage: Mount Sinai’s P30 Core Center has a number of core resources available to center members. Some of the resources available are the laboratory support for environmental exposures, epigenetic biomarkers, phenotyping and statistical analysis. For more information about our Core Facilities click here. Usage of P30 core facilities is given added weight in the final funding decision. Usage of extramural services, when such services are available intramurally in the Mount Sinai System, will not be allowed without prior approval.
Criteria Used to Assess Awards
Proposals will be sent to qualified experts within and outside Mount Sinai. Reviewers will follow NIH guidelines (i.e. Overall Impact, Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, and Environment). Scoring is scaled 1-9 with 1 being the highest impact score. An overall impact score is the primary criteria for funding decisions.
Additional Review Criteria include the potential for future funding in a larger extramural grant (scored on a 1-9 scale) and transdisciplinary research approach (reviewer comments are solicited but not scored).
To apply, the following material must be received in a single PDF file to MSSMP30@mssm.edu by the application deadline Thursday, November 1st 2018 (11:59pm). Please indicate in the subject line “August 2018 Pilot Project Grant Application Submission”.
- Cover Page: (Please use this form)
- List Title, PI and all co-investigators and affiliations. Place “*” beside names of Center Members
- Proposal: (Please use this form) Single-spacing, three pages maximum. The Abstract Page (300 word max), budget page, budget justification, biosketches, and references are NOT included in the 3 page limit. Headings include:
- Specific Aims and Hypothesis/Aim
- How this grant will be leveraged into future funding
- Budget Form: (Please use the NIH PHS Form 398)
- Budget Justification Form: click here
- No Faculty Salary support is allow Salary for research assistants or trainees is allowed.
- Biographical Sketch: (Please use this form). Include one for each PI and co-Investigator. A mix of Center members and non-members is accepted. Following NIH format, include past training and academic appointments followed by a short paragraph on research expertise and role in the project. List up to 15 relevant publications. Biosketches may not exceed 5 pages for any investigator. Click here to view an example.
- References: Literature cited, no limit.
Page: 8.5 X 11 inches, Margins 0.5”, Font Size: Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12
Applications not meeting guidelines (in particular length, budget, or not on correct form) will be administratively triaged.
Award Period: February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Grantees will be notified on January 15, 2019.
Junior Faculty Assistance Program (Optional)
To facilitate career development in EH, we are available to assist Junior Faculty applying for this RFA in two ways:
- Assistance finding potential collaborators: For those who request help in finding environmental health faculty collaborators within or outside Mount Sinai, please contact Dr. Robert Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pilot grant pre-review process: Available for Postdoctoral fellows, Instructors, and Assistant Professors. As an additional incentive to apply, Junior Faculty center members are eligible to to submit their application 2 weeks prior to the standard due date. This pre-review application has a 3-page limit, and budget and bio-sketches are not required.
Following the pre-review process the PI will receive a single page document with potential criticisms the application may generate, and it is scored using the same criteria as the actual review.
Pre-review Program only:
Pre-review due date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (11:59pm)
Review will be returned: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Final Submission Due Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 (11:59pm)
For questions regarding the RFA’s requirements and scientist collaborators:
E-mail Robert Wright: email@example.com
For Administrative Questions:
Contact Rozalyn Paupaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (212) 824-7370
Interested in a Center Membership?
If interested in joining the Mount Sinai P30 Core Center, please send your CV and a brief (<½ page) description of your interest in Environmental Health Research to MSSMP30@mssm.edu.