The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) Research Themes, in collaboration with the Institute of Precision Health (IPH), offer the DGSOM Seed Grant Program in an effort to promote the assembly of teams of scientists that are well-positioned to perform innovative, high-impact research and ultimately compete for large team science grants from federal agencies and private foundations.
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In recognition of the strategic vision described above, the DGSOM Research Themes and the IPH will again focus the 2021 DGSOM Seed Grant Program on an effort to promote the assembly of teams of researchers that are well-positioned to perform innovative, high-impact research and ultimately compete for large team science grants from federal agencies and private foundations. Applications may include faculty throughout the UCLA campus in any biomedical or medical research area in which groundbreaking advances catalyzed by teams of researchers can be envisioned.
For our 2021 program, we would like to encourage compelling projects relevant to our newest Theme in Health Equity and Translational Social Science, as well as projects that span two or more of our Research Themes; faculty discussions of potential cross-Theme projects may lead to efforts in new areas in which an investigator team may have the potential for an unusually large impact.
As in prior years, all investigator teams must include at least three key participants, and all are required to include at least one promising faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in an impactful position as a co-PI or highly significant co-investigator; the goal is to enhance the career development of our junior faculty. Priority will also be given to newly assembled research teams rather than teams that have already been working together for multiple years, unless an existing team is pursuing an entirely new direction. We also ask all applicants to briefly describe how their proposed research may address health, healthcare, and/or social inequities. Only a small number of planning grants will be awarded to increase the probability that those who receive planning grants will ultimately receive funding.
This year’s application process will again include two phases, in recognition of the amount of time, thought, and effort needed to assemble a multidisciplinary team. In the first phase, brief applications for small Planning Grants will be requested and evaluated (submission deadline, July 15, 2021). Successful applicants will be permitted to spend up to $1,000 to help fund team science planning activities, including internal meetings, brainstorming sessions, and/or workshops over a 3-month time period. These activities should be aimed at identifying key members of the team, developing a cutting-edge research plan, and identifying specific external funding opportunities that can be pursued at the conclusion of the seed funding period.
In the second phase of the application process, Full Grant applications (submission deadline, November 15, 2021) requesting up to $250,000 of direct costs will be submitted. These applications will be restricted to Lead PIs who were awarded a Planning Grant. In addition to a 3-page research proposal, the Full Grant application will include one or two paragraphs describing why the proposed project is timely and compelling, a description of specific future extramural team-science funding opportunities that are anticipated, and a description of how the proposed research may address health, heathcare, and/or social inequities.
The earliest funding date will be January 3, 2022 and a total investment of up to $2 million is envisioned.