Nebraska Center for Integrated Studies of Biomolecular Communication (NCIBC)
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: New Pilot Project Applications
NCIBC (http://ncibc.unl.edu/) seeks to fund several new Pilot Projects in the center’s focus areas as broadly defined below. Pilot Projects are one year award with a limited possibility of renewal.
Diseases result when the internal stability and normal communications between tissues and cellular pathways are disrupted by genetic defects, environmental disturbances, or pathogens. NCIBC is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (P20GM113126) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to build institutional capacity and infrastructure for basic biomedical research. NCIBC is designed to be a natural mixing chamber to integrate the research activities of chemists, biochemists, engineers, and bioinformaticists to address critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of how cells communicate and to mechanistically define metabolic and regulatory pathways relevant to disease development and progression. NCIBC’s long-term goal is to foster the development of collaborative research teams with broad disciplinary representation to interrogate complex disease pathways, especially by connecting researchers who are developing new molecular probes and analytical and informatics technologies with those unravelling molecular mechanisms of complex diseases.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Center Co-Directors and members of Internal Mentoring and Advisory Committee (IMAC) using standard NIH review criteria. Top-ranked proposals will be forwarded to the NCIBC external advisory committee members for approval recommendations prior to submission to NIH for final approval. Anticipated Award Notification: September 15, 2017.
Questions concerning this RFA or the application process, contact:
 NIH Definition of Early Stage New Investigator: A Program Director/Principal Investigator who qualifies as a New Investigator is considered an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) if he/she is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or is within 10 years of completing medical residency (or the equivalent) and has not previously competed successfully for an NIH- or NSF-supported research project other than early stage or small research grants or for training, infrastructure, and career awards. See also: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/investigator_policies_faqs.htm.