Developmental Project Program
Request for Proposal
FundingThe IADRC will fund up to three developmental projects this year. Project budget should be $50,000 per year in direct costs and may have a project term between 1 and 2 years (second year of funding may be considered depending on the scope of the project, and is contingent on progress in the first year). The budget period is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2023.
EligibilityPost-doctoral trainees, Junior and Senior Investigators from Indiana institutions (Indiana University, Purdue University, and University of Notre Dame) are eligible to apply. Awards are particularly geared towards supporting early career investigators and are intended to provide adequate funding to establish a new line of investigation, such as a pilot study or the initial data collection or analysis required to promote an innovative hypothesis. Senior investigators whose research is primarily in areas other than ADRD research, but who propose a project in a dementia research field to test a new hypothesis, method, or approach that is not an extension of ongoing ADRD research are also eligible to apply.
Previous awardees are not eligible.
Applicants should use the PHS 398 Forms and include PHS 398 Form pages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Biographical Sketch for each Key Personnel; Resources Page; Checklist; and, if applicable, Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table. A one-page cover letter that includes complete contact information for Principal Investigator is also required.
The Research Plan is limited to three pages and must include the following information:
In a maximum of one-half page, this section should contain goals of the research, expected outcomes/impact on the research field(s), and objectives.
Detail the importance of the problem and how the project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability etc.
Describe novel approaches, methodologies, instrumentation, and so forth as well as any advantage over existing ones. How does the application challenge/seek to shift the current research paradigm?
Overall strategy, methodology and analyses. How will data be collected, analyzed and interpreted. What potential problems, alternative strategies exist? Include PI’s preliminary studies (if any) and experience. One year timeline and milestones. Include statistical plan and power calculations/considerations if relevant.
Describe plans to apply for extramural funding related to the pilot project, including funding sources; specific NIH PA’s and RFA are suggested.
Relevance to IADRC Research Program
Provide details on how this pilot project is related to the IADRC scientific program and/or uses center resources, including database, clinical cohort participants, biosamples, model systems, expertise, etc.
- Scientific Merit: Potential impact, significance, innovation, feasibility
- Investigator(s): Expertise and/or potential contributions
- Likelihood of Funding: Project’s potential to secure extramural funding (R01 or similar grants)
- Alignment: Relation to the IADRC’s scientific program and use of center resources
The funding of the IADRC’s pilot project program is contingent on continued support from the National Institute on Aging as well as approval of recommended projects by the NIA Program Officer. Questions should be directed to Sarah Van Heiden, PhD, MPH or (317) 963-5597.
Overall goals of the IADRC NIA P30 (2021-2026):
Aim 1Support, enhance and expand innovative research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias targeting pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Provide critical research resources and infrastructure to support existing studies and enable new innovative research, including a well-characterized longitudinally followed cohort of research participants.
Aim 3Strongly support local, regional and national/international dementia research collaborations to further the goals of the NIA, national ADRC Network, NAPA and related federal priorities.
Provide educational and training opportunities related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias for learners of all levels, including those with diverse backgrounds and needs.
Luke Dabin, PhD and Jungsu Kim, PhD
"Peripheral single-cell epigenetic markers of sporadic Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease"