Pilot Grant Program – RFP

Request for applications

New proposals or initiatives for biomedical, epidemiological behavioral, legal, ethical, health systems or other research in Alzheimer’s disease are encouraged.  Two NIH funded proposals for $25,000 in direct costs for one-year non-renewable studies will be awarded.  The Pilot Grant funding mechanism is intended to support new investigators from other fields eager to bring their research expertise to bear on Alzheimer’s disease, as well as feasibility testing of innovative drug and management approaches.  Pilot study support is not intended for large undertakings by established investigators, or to enhance ongoing research projects, which are already funded.

A PDF version of the proposal on an NIH PHS 398 form is due on April 20, 2018 (URL for the form:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html). (Please combine all required PDFs into one PDF).There is a 5 page maximum for the specific aims, background, preliminary results and experimental methods sections.  No appendices are allowed.  All proposals should be accompanied by at least preliminary animal, human studies and/or biohazard forms if applicable.   Signatures from department or administrative officials are NOT required.

The completed proposal should be e-mailed to bmyoung@bu.edu.  Two expert reviewers from outside the BU ADC Executive Committee will review each grant based on scientific merit, and the Executive Committee will then consider those grants with fundable scores (at least 3 on the NIH scale with 1 being best and 9 worst) based on programmatic grounds. The selected grants will be funded from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  No adjustments to this funding period and no carry-over of funds are allowedProposals that utilize the BU ADC’s resources or data (including the participant registry and/or the brain bank) and grants involving Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) are strongly encouraged.  Partnerships with community-based organization, including resources directed toward the recruitment and retention of diverse research participants, are strongly encouraged as well.                                                                                     

For specific program guideline or additional information regarding the BU ADC Pilot

Grant program, contact: Beverly Young BU ADC Administrator, E-mail: bmyoung@bu.edu, Tel :( 857)-364-4702. For further information regarding partnerships with community-based organizations, contact: Christina Diterlizzi, BU ADC Assistant Director of the Education Core: E-mail: cditerli@bu.edu, Tel: (857)-364-2140.