Call for PARC-funded Pilot Project Research Proposals

for Funding Period January 1 - December 31, 2016

Submission deadline:            12:00 noon, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Funding range:                          Each funded up to $35,000 in 2016

Funding target start date:    January 1, 2016

Submission format:  by email in Word or PDF to Mark Rutledge-Gorman at

The Portland Alcohol Research Center (PARC) expects to be able to fund pilot research projects in 2016 (up to $35K each). The PARC is especially interested in encouraging investigators new to alcohol research to submit applications. Pilot proposals that focus on the neuroadaptation to ethanol exposure and those with relevance to behavioral genomics are especially welcome. The process for evaluating applications will be similar to that used in previous years and is described below.

** ELIGIBILITY: All OHSU faculty (assistant professor or above) interested in alcohol research are invited to submit pilot project proposals in the format outlined below. The proposals can outline new projects or projects that were previously submitted but not funded (as long as they are suitably revised and contain all of the information requested below).

** PROPOSAL ELEMENTS: Each proposal should include the following: (a) A cover page with the project title, PI name, address, phone, FAX and e-mail address, (b) Abstract and list of personnel on standard PHS-398 abstract page form, (c) Detailed budget page for first year (and justification) and summary page for subsequent year if requested on standard PHS budget forms [Note: In general, pilot projects are expected to last only 1 or 2 years.], (d) Research proposal including specific aims, background, preliminary data, methods and procedures, and references (5-PAGE LIMIT, excluding references), (e) Relationship of pilot project to center goals, and (f) Explanation of need for conducting pilot project at this time (e.g., scientific, fiscal or other reasons). Maximum budget requests should be in the $30-35K range.

** PARC GOALS AND ACTIVITIES: A general description of the PARC goals and activities is available here

** PREVIOUSLY FUNDED PILOT PROJECTS: PIs of Pilot Projects funded in 2015 are also required to resubmit their applications if they wish to receive a second year of funding in 2016. In addition to the information listed above, these applications must include a summary of progress during the first year and a description of efforts (planned or already made) to obtain external funding to continue the project (one additional page maximum for both items together).

** SELECTION CRITERIA: In general, the major criteria used in making recommendations for funding of pilot projects are: scientific merit, relevance to center goals, need for conducting project, progress (renewals) and the likelihood that findings will lead to submission of an R-type grant application. Previously funded pilot projects that show promising progress will be given preference during the review process.

Each proposal will be reviewed by at least two members of our external scientific advisory board. Based on these reviews and their own reviews, Center Director Tamara Phillips and Scientific Director Robert Hitzemann will make recommendations to the PARC Executive Committee for funding with a target starting date of Jan. 1, 2016.

Please contact the PARC Scientific Director, Robert Hitzemann, with questions at or 503-402-2858.

Please share this announcement with OHSU faculty colleagues who may be interested in submitting a proposal.

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