WVU HSC Faculty Pilot Grants

1. INTRODUCTION
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) of the West Virginia University (WVU) Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC) invites annual submissions of Pilot Grant proposals focused on the development or expansion of global health scholarly projects. The main purpose of this award is to create new, long-term, self-sustaining global activities to benefit HSC and WVU. A total of $10,000 for one year is available for the 2015-16 academic year.

2. ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be appointed as full-time faculty with primary appointments within the HSC at the time of application. Applications for collaborative projects, particularly those involving faculty in different schools of the HSC, WVU, and international collaborators are strongly encouraged. However, an HSC faculty member must be the principal investigator (PI).

Funds must be used to support projects in global health.

Requests for travel funds to support cultural immersion activities or language training are not eligible and will not be reviewed. Facilities and administrative costs (F&A or indirect costs) are not supported through these awards.

3. REVIEW CRITERIA
Projects that are innovative, interdisciplinary, capitalize on HSC programmatic strengths, and that have the best potential for future growth and external funding will be prioritized for funding. Priority is also given to faculty who have not received prior funding from GEO.

4. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Proposals must be PDF documents and emailed as an attachment to the GEO Program Coordinator, Ashley Boateng (ahboateng@hsc.wvu.edu). Applications should be no more than four single-spaced pages in length. They must include the following:

  1. Cover Page: Includes PI’s name, title, department, telephone, email and title of project, grant administrator, direct costs required.
  2. One paragraph summary of the most important features of the application.
  3. Introduction & Rationale: The focus of the application. Summarize how completion of the major objectives would increase the scientific body of research in this field to make the continuing application competitive for extramural funding.
  4. Specific Aims: Brief outline of how the project that can be completed within the allocated timeframe.
  5. Preliminary Data: (If applicable). Summary of data directly relevant to the proposal.
  6. Research Design: Brief explanation of training or techniques that will be employed. Document the process to ensure applicable approvals for research involving the use of human subjects, animals, pathogenic organisms, radioactivity, or recombinant DNA.
  7. Budget listed using PHS 398 form, page 4.
  8. Include the following: NIH Biosketches of personnel engaged in study, limited to 2 pages for each biosketch, Letter of support from department chair

5. PROPOSAL REVIEW
Proposals will be reviewed by a GEO Steering Committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Responsiveness of the Application to Global Health: Projects must be directly relevant to Global Health.
  2. Scientific Merit: Proposals will be judged on impact, feasibility, leveraging of existing resources, and the expertise of the investigators. Proposals that are innovative, interdisciplinary, capitalize on HSC programmatic strengths, and which have the best potential for long-term sustainability will be prioritized for funding.

6. QUESTIONS
Questions may be addressed to Ashley Boateng (ahboateng@hsc.wvu.edu)

7. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
Submissions are due November 15th, 2015