Proposal submission:We are utilizing an online pilot application. Submissions will occur in two rounds: an initial “video-of-intent” round and a full proposal application round.

Round 1:The “video-of-intent” application includes a short video which meets the following requirements:

  1. A statement of the proposed work relevant to the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation.
  2. An introduction to the team who will be conducting the work.
  3. The video must be:
    1. Two minutes or less in length.
    2. Posted on a publicly available site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo).
  4. When posting your video on a hosting site, please:
    1. Disable comments.
    2. Ensure the video settings allow download.
    3. Do not use copyrighted materials (e.g. background music).

    Here is an example of an award-winning project’s VOI, courtesy of Drs. Huang, Rando and Nakayama, Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research

Note: While some teams may want to publicly list their video to share it with potential partners or future collaborators, others may wish to keep their video private for confidentiality reasons. To protect the confidentiality of your video submission, do the following:

  • YouTube: mark the video as Unlisted (Only people with a link to the video can watch it. It will not be discoverable on any YouTube channel, suggested views, or search results.)
  • Vimeo: add a password to the video, and submit the password along with the link to the video in the online pilot application form

The Round 1 application deadline is: November 4, 2016. Selected proposals will be invited to participate in the Round 2 application process, starting on December 1, 2016.

Round 2: The full pilot funding application includes a PDF file which meets the following requirements:

  1. Cover letter from PI(s) including a statement of the relevance of the proposed work to the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation.

  2. Research Plan: The research proposal will generally follow an R03 format and should include:
    1. A one-page specific aims
    2. Brief background, preliminary studies (if any), methods, timeline (limited to a total of 4 pages)
    3. References

  3. Budget & Budget Justification: please note that:
    1. The budget must include both direct and indirect costs.
    2. PI salary support must be limited to 15% of direct costs.
    3. The budget cannot cover conference travel.
    4. Inclusion of capital equipment will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  4. Address Compliance Issues
    1. Human studies must include a human subjects section (not in the page limit) and a draft consent form.
    2. Animal studies must include a Vertebrate Animals section.
      1. Concise description of procedures involving animals, identifying species, strains, ages, sex and total number to be used by species.
      2. Justification for the appropriateness of the species for the proposed research; and an explanation for the use of proposed species versus alternative models.
      3. Interventions to minimize discomfort, pain, distress and injury.
      4. Justification for the euthanasia method if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals.
    3. Assurance of IACUC, hSCRO and/or IRB approval and of completion of NIH-mandated responsible conduct or research training, where indicated, must be furnished after Award notice and before funds can be released.

  5. Investigator Biosketches. Biosketches are limited to four pages.

The Round 2 application deadline is February 10, 2017.

NOTE: The applicant will automatically receive an email confirmation that their proposal has been successfully uploaded into the system.

Project completion dates will typically be within 12 months of the date of funding. For collaborative projects including an external investigator and an AR3T laboratory, the candidate will also submit:

  1. A statement describing the unique skills, methods and/or technologies offered at the hosting laboratory site (no more than 200 words).
  2. A letter confirming the support of the host laboratory.

A communication plan (no more than 150 words) describing data sharing and dissemination of findings between the participating laboratories during the time of funding, and a plan for continuing interactions between the partnering institutions beyond the duration of the pilot project.

NOA will be sent out no later than March 31, 2017, for a July 1, 2017 start date.

Additional Information

Please see review criteria for more information.

Access the online pilot application.

The next RFA will be Fall 2017.

For questions and/or assistance with proposal development, contact us at ar3t@pitt.edu.