NINDS invites applications for Center Core Grants that provide resources and facilities shared by a minimum of six NINDS-supported investigators, and supporting a wider base of neuroscience research. The proposed Centers will offer services and expertise that would be difficult or impractical to support in individual labs. The Centers are expected to capitalize on economies and synergies associated with shared resources, and to foster a collaborative environment among neuroscientists at host institutions.
Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed. Additionally, an institution is eligible for a maximum of one NINDS Center Core Grant.
Applicant organizations must have a minimum of six qualifying research projects directed by at least six separate Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s). All qualifying projects must be substantial users of the Cores, and Core services must be within scope of the funded aims of the awards identified as qualifying projects. No more than 25% of the effort from a single Core facility can be devoted to projects directed by any single investigator.
Qualifying projects are defined for the purpose of this FOA as NINDS-funded research projects using the R01, U01, R37, P01, P50 and U54 activity codes. Multicomponent awards such as Program Projects (P01) and Centers (P50 or U54) each count as only one qualifying project toward the minimum requirement. Investigators holding smaller research projects (R21 and R03), fellowships, and career (K) awards are eligible for Center services, but these investigators/awards do not count toward the minimum required number of qualifying projects.
Consortium arrangements between applicant organizations are allowed, and qualifying research projects may be included from each organization. Applications with participation by more than one organization must demonstrate that facilities and services will be local and accessible for users from each organization, and that users from each organization have a compelling need for the services of the proposed Center.
NINDS anticipates funding 3 awards in response to the current announcement. Applications may request up to $400,000 per year in direct costs. The maximum project period is 4 years.
1. A two page CV
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
A cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program you are responding to.
A brief description (no more than three pages in length) of the proposed project that includes the following sponsor-identified review criteria:
Additional pages may be added for references
Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.
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