How to Apply for Pilot Grant

Pilot Grant Funding 

Purpose:  To provide funds for collection of pilot data in order to obtain a larger external grant (federal or foundation funds).  Funds can be used to pay participants, house animals, rent time on dedicated equipment, or process samples.  Student and staff salaries are allowed.  No travel or faculty salary can be charged.  No indirect costs or fringes will be allowed.

Due Dates:  April 1st and October 1st

Start Dates:  May 1st and November 1st

Duration:  One year

Amount:  Maximum of $2500 per Center faculty member involved in the project, but funding needs must be justified clearly.

Funding must stay within HHS (per Center requirements)

Note:  the PIs must be in HHS

How to Apply:

Application:

  1. Fill out Pilot Grant Application form (Click Here for Application form)
  2. Aim(s) of the project, including the link to the aims of the Center (<1 page)
  3. Significance and Innovation of the project, including a rationale for why pilot funding is needed (<1 page)
  4. Budget request and justification (<1 page)
  5. Short vitae of PI(s) and Co-I(s) (<2 pages each) - Introductory paragraph and a list of selected references

Review:

Each project will be evaluated by two center members selected by the co-directors.  Funding decisions are made by the co-directors based on the evaluations.

Fundee Responsibilities:

  • Fundee will need to send a report at the end of the funding period describing how the funds were used and what data were collected.  
  • Fundee needs to confirm submission of the grant for which the pilot funds were used or describe why the grant will not be submitted (i.e., pilot data were not compelling).  Note that the grant does not need to be submitted during the funding period.
  • Fundees need to provide feedback as to the funding/scoring of the grant submission and any revisions of the submission.

Funding Preferences:

  • Higher preference given to applications that integrate basic and applied research programs
  • Higher preference given to applications that involve more than one researcher from the Center
  • Higher preference given to applications that integrate research programs across departments
  • Higher preference given to applicants that are participating regularly in Center activities and meetings

Complete applications should be sent to cerebbralcenter@purdue.edu as a single pdf.

  • Pilot Grant

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