The Institute for Precision Health (IPH) seeks proposals that address compelling problems related to precision health in any of the Institute’s research themes:

In addition, IPH seeks proposals that address: Substance Misuse: Prevention and Treatment, including physical, behavioral, or neurological factors relating to addiction. Proposed projects may target understanding, treatment, or prevention and may utilize tools from the life or physical sciences or from behavioral/social science.

Requested funds, for any theme or topic, may be used:

  • For the exploration or development of new ideas and/or tools (“seed funding”), or
  • As matching grants to projects that are currently supported by extramural funding, with the intent of building on existing data and/or technologies and rapidly moving promising results to translation and/or implementation (“harvest funding”)

In 2021, IPH anticipates making a total of $250,000 in awards to projects addressing its themes, and another $100,000 to projects addressing Substance Misuse. It is also anticipate that funds will be distributed through both the seed funding and harvest funding mechanisms. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the combination of theme/topic and mechanism that would best advance their idea or project.

In past years, most funds distributed through this program were given to projects whose design and budget were generally built around a one-graduate-student, one-year model. For 2021, such proposals remain entirely acceptable. But to provide more flexibility and encourage greater collaboration across themes, proposals for larger multi-PI projects, and that are longer in duration, will also be considered.

Seed Funding Mechanism

The goal of these awards is to test new ideas and collect the preliminary data needed to prepare strongly competitive extramural grant applications to carry those ideas forward. The budgets of these projects typically cover personnel, supplies, equipment, and/or core facility fees.

How to Apply

All proposals should be submitted by e-mail as a single PDF file to precisionhealth@nd.edu and should contain the elements listed below:

  1. Title page - including title and the contact information for the PI(s)
  2. Two-page project narrative, including:
    1. Short summary
    2. Goals/aims
    3. Research plan
    4. Milestones
    5. Other personnel and resources leveraged
  3. Bibliography (no page limit)
  4. Budget, with justification
  5. Two-page CV for all PIs

Harvest Funding Mechanism

These matching grants can be directed to:

  • Extending the scale or scope of currently funded research addressing topics in the five IPH themes.
  • Implementing new technologies or approaches, including, for example, assay validation, prototype development, engineering designs, materials testing, computational modeling, etc.
  • Supporting new work by graduate students/postdocs, purchase of supplies or materials, supercomputer access time, infrastructure needs, or other appropriate costs of executing the specified research.

How to Apply

All proposals should be submitted by e-mail as a single PDF file to precisionhealth@nd.edu and should contain the elements listed below:

  1. Title page - including title and the contact information for the PI
  2. Two-page project narrative, including:
    1. Project summary of the externally funded project including sponsor, dates, and total direct costs
    2. Statement of proposed new work, including relevance to programmatic areas, specific experimental or computational research objectives, and potential impact of the proposed
    3. Research plan
    4. Milestones
    5. Other personnel and resources leveraged
  3. Bibliography (no page limit)
  4. Budget, with justification
  5. Two-page CV for all PIs

Selection Criteria

All proposals, of both types, will be reviewed for:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Relevance to program objectives
  • Feasibility of the research plan
  • Potential for technology translation (if applicable)
  • Capacity to attract sustainable external support or leverage existing resources

After peer-review ratings are received, proposals will be ranked and a proposed set of funded projects presented to the IPH Steering Committee for approval.

Deadline

Proposals submitted in response to this call will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2021.

Questions?

Please contact Arnie Phifer, IPH Associate Director, at aphifer@nd.edu with questions.