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Integrated Health Seed Grants are one-year, $25,000 research awards designed to promote research across the female life-cycle; foster women’s, adolescent and child health around the globe; encourage cross-disciplinary research collaborations and promote development of new investigators. Seed grants provide an opportunity to initiate new research, or to leverage ongoing research projects to pursue new directions, that will provide important preliminary data to seed future larger proposals. The RFA and application form are available here.
The conceptual framework of The Center incorporates a “lifecycle lens” that includes women, adolescents and children with a generational view. Areas that jointly impact women, adolescents and children, and/or approaches that address dual outcomes or benefits, will be prioritized. We anticipate proposals targeted at seminal domains that span the female lifecycle including education, nutrition, inequality or power dynamics, ethics and health. Proposals that include international investigators, collaborate with non-UW organizations and/or that target marginalized populations are encouraged. Examples of previously awards projects can be found here.
Up to $25,000 US over one year. Funds are granted internally through the UW, therefore it is not necessary to apply throuhg OSP and no indirect costs are allowed. If indirect costs are required as part of a subcontract to a foreign or outside institution, these must be included as direct costs. Funding cannot be applied to construction of any facilities.
Letter of Intent: One page. Due by 11:59pm on Friday May 3rd, 2013. Describe aims of proposal and how eligibility criteria are met. Non-faculty applicants (pre- and post-doctoral trainees) should identify their primary mentor and specify their mentoring plan. Letters should be submitted to Michael Ruffo at email@example.com. Letters will be reviewed for eligibility and that proposed research is consistent with the overall purpose of the seed grant program. Applicants who meet eligibility criteria will be notified by email. You must have this approval in order to submit an application.
Letters of Support: Your final application must include letters of support from all key personnel including faculty co-investigator(s).
Significance Does this study address an important problem? If the aims of the application are achieved, how will scientific knowledge be advanced?
Approach Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequate and appropriate to the aims of the project? Are there reasonable and achievable milestones? Is the study feasible given the duration of one year and a budget of $25,000?
Innovation Does the project employ novel concepts, approaches or methods? Are the aims original and innovative?
Investigators Is/are the investigator(s) appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? The project should aid in the career development of the investigator by providing important data for a larger NIH (or other) funded study such as an R01.
Environment Does the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Is there evidence of institutional support?
Potential for new collaborations Does the proposal support new linkages and partnerships and/or further develop existing collaborative activities?
The Center will not release research funds until awardees complete an administrative clearance process. Clearance will require final IRB approval from all participating institutions and documentation of human subjects training from all investigators. This process often takes several months, so please consider it in your timeline.
Center support must be acknowledged in all publications derived from Seed Grant funding. Suggested wording: This research was funded (in part) by a 200X (enter appropriate year of award) developmental grant from the University of Washington Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Children and Adolescents.
Annual reports and an end of grant report is required upon completion of the project. These reports should include information about publications, collaborations, and future grants related to your funded research.
After fulfilling all pre-submission requirements, submit your application by 11:59pm May 24, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org using the application form. The application, any letters of support, biosketches, and any other supporting documentation must be combined into a single PDF. Application sections can be expanded or shortened, however proposal narratives (the application form sections 1 – 13, excluding the budget and biosketches) should be no longer than five pages. References, budget, budget justification, and biosketches should be included in the appendices and do not count toward the page limit. Formatting should be a minimum of 0.5 inch margins and Arial 11 point font.