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Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award

The Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award is an initiative of the Jefferson Committee on Research (JCOR), awarded through the Office of the Provost. This award mechanism is designed to help researchers obtain clinical research data that would justify a more expansive study funded by extramural sources, and foster new collaborative efforts between clinical and basic science researchers.

Faculty from all of Jefferson’s Colleges are encouraged to submit proposals on CLINICAL RESEARCH, which for this funding mechanism will be defined as research involving HUMAN SUBJECTS.  Typically such research requires IRB approval. However, the award will also consider proposals in which samples/cells/tissue/data obtained from human subjects are appropriately de-identified enabling the TJU IRB to judge the proposed study Not Human Subjects Research. Applications must demonstrate IRB approval, note IRB review is pending, or demonstrate that the IRB has judged the study Not Human Subjects Research. Applications must also provide a Protection of Human Subjects section, and a Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table, identical to those required for NIH grants.

Solo investigators or multi-investigator teams are eligible to apply; however new collaborative efforts between basic science and clinical researchers are highly encouraged and will be prioritized for funding. Successful applicants will be pursuing research that:

  1. Contributes to either departmental missions or larger institutional programmatic goals;
  2. Is not typically funded by other intramural mechanisms excepting the Deans' Transformational Science Award (DTSA); and
  3. Significantly improves the competitiveness of a subsequent extramural grant application.

Note this mechanism is distinct from the Deans' Transformational Science Award (DTSA) yet shares many of the objectives of the DTSA, including fostering team science, enabling programmatic grant submissions, and monetizing research. Specific goals of the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award are to promote clinician engagement in research, and to foster collaborations between basic scientists and clinical researchers; and develop clinical research topics that have to date been explored only minimally at TJU.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by November 1 for consideration of funding starting January 1.  Application may be submitted any time between September 1-November 1.

Please note that award dollars must be spent by the end of the fiscal budget year they are granted. (i.e., by June 30).

Review of applications will be performed internally (TJU) by experts in the topic of the application.

Questions regarding the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award may be addressed to:

JCOR Committee on Clinical Research Pilot Program
c/o Annette Chesson

Submission

Submission date 2017: Application may be submitted any time between
September 1 - November 1
Award dates: January 2018
Award range: Up to $25K
Length of award: Up to 1 year; funds must be spent by end of fiscal year (June 30). Continuation awards are possible with approval but total of awards should not exceed $25K.
Review:  administered by the JCOR Committee on Clinical Research Pilot Program

  • Review process will include input from Jefferson faculty at-large with relevant expertise
  • Funding recommendations will be made by the JCOR to the Provost
  • Final funding decisions will be made by the Office of the Provost
  • Funded proposals will be required to submit follow-up progress reports at six months, one year, and yearly up to five years from the date of the award, that will document discoveries, advances to the field, publications, abstract submissions, patent applications and submitted/awarded extramural grants made possible by these funds. This documentation will provide metrics that will be used to evaluate the success of this grant mechanism. Download Progress Report