Pilot Project Program

Part 1. Overview Information

Participating Organization(s) National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Nevada Las Vegas
Components of Participating Organizations National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, Personalized Medicine in Nevada Center of Biomedical Research Excellence
Funding Opportunity Title Mentored Pilot Grant Program
Activity Code P20 Pilot Research Project
Announcement Type Pilot grants for COBRE award number P20 GM121325
Related Notices Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number PMIN-COBRE-003
Amount of Award Up to $25,000 and awardee may apply for a competitive renewal for an additional year of funding.
Funding Opportunity Purpose The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support basic and translational pilot projects in genomics and personalized medicine designed to utilize our Genome Acquisition and Analysis Research cores, enable acquisition of preliminary data for a federal grant application, and cultivate a team of new investigators as project PIs for our COBRE Phase II continuation grant.
Key Dates
Posted Date(s) September 18, 2019
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date) October 1, 2019
Application Due Date(s) November 1, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. PST
Pilot Grant Workshops November 10 - November 20, 2019
Revised Application Due Date(s) December 6, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. PST
Scientific Merit Review/Panel December 2019 – February 2020
JIT grant forms due April 1, 2020
Advisory Council Review April - May 2020
Earliest Start Date June 1, 2020
Expiration Date May 31, 2021

Mentored Pilot Grant Program in Genomics and Personalized Medicine

Program Goals

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support basic and translational pilot research projects in genomics and personalized medicine. The project should utilize our COBRE Genome Acquisition and Analysis core, enable acquisition of preliminary data for a federal grant application. This is a mentored award where the awardee will become part of the personalized medicine COBRE program and work with the team and research core. They will be mentored by senior expert members of the team and the external advisory board. The applicant should have the potential to become new project PIs for our COBRE Phase II continuation grant due in September, 2022; these PIs can be junior or senior investigators. 


All full-time faculty in Nevada are eligible to apply. Applicants cannot concurrently hold a COBRE, INBRE or CTR-IN award. Applicants should not be a PI on a COBRE component.

Use of Funds, Budget, and Allowed Expenses

Up to $25,000 may be requested. A budget justification should also state a commitment of at least 25% effort for the PI, although no salary is allowed for PIs. Expected uses are for laboratory staff, supplies, and use of the GAA core and other services.

Content and Format

A complete application has a Biosketch conforming to NIH forms, NIH- style Specific Aims page, budget justification, and grant review (if the grant was previously submitted). The Specific Aims page should be for the proposal planned for submission to a federal agency and the pilot grant should focus on data to make the proposal more competitive. If an application is accepted for funding, other NIH forms will be required.

Expectations of Awardees

Awardees are expected to abide by NIH rules and policy, commit at least 25% effort, and submit a grant application to a federal agency within six months of award completion. Awardees will be mentored actively by the COBRE center and external advisory board. Awardees will be required to complete surveys, present progress on their project, regularly attend COBRE weekly meetings, and complete a final progress report.

Review Criteria

An NIH-style panel and an external advisory board will review the grant proposals. Reviewers will consider each of the NIH review criteria. In addition, the mentoring potential and how the PI uses the GAA core will determine the scientific merit ranking and the overall impact score. PIs with grants that are reviewed favorably, but not funded, will be invited to submit in the next competition.

Contact and Questions

Peer Review Contact(s)
Edwin Oh, Ph.D.

School of Medicine, UNLV
Telephone: 702-895-0509
Email: edwin.oh@unlv.edu

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Mrs. Amy Gros-Louis

Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, UNLV
Telephone: 702-895-1363
Email: amy.gros-louis@unlv.edu