Call for Applications for Pilot and Feasibility Awards

Pilot Grant Program

Beginning in FY2012, the Center is sponsoring a pilot project program. Center members are eligible to apply for grants of up to $25,000/year to be used for acquisition of new preliminary data for interdisciplinary studies related to the Center’s mission.


Select NIH PHS 398 (Rev. 06/09) non-modular format pages will be required along with 5-page Research Plan. The proposal and all accompanying documents must be e-mailed as a single PDF document to Paula Reynolds ( by 5:00 pm, November 7, 2014. Applications do NOT need to be routed through the Grants & Contracts office.

Applicant Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from faculty members of CIMED. Center membership is open to any WU faculty with a primary or collaborative interest in membrane excitability and disease. To request membership, please contact the Director, Colin Nichols (, directly. Center members are strongly encouraged to partner with other Center members ( to craft collaborative, transdisciplinary projects. Applications should be for new projects that are not currently funded by external or internal grant mechanisms. Projects should focus on excitability-based disease mechanisms, complications and therapies. Projects with the potential to generate preliminary data for competitive external funding mechanisms will be given priority. Information about previously funded projects can be found at


Direct costs of up to $25,000 per year may be requested. A second year of funding may be requested, and will be considered upon submission of a successful year-one progress report by the application deadline.  Special permission is required to carry forward more than 25% remaining funds at the budget year-end and is not automatically granted. The budget may not include funds for PI salaries, travel, journal subscriptions, memberships or purchase of general reference materials. Proposed budget year should begin January 1, 2015.

Proposal Review

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CIMED review committee, consisting of the Director and co-Director, plus three additional appointed reviewers. The application should include the following PHS398 (06/09) form pages: Cover letter describing how application meets eligibility requirements. NIH Face Page  (fp1) NIH Description and Performance Sites (fp2). In the Relevance section of this page, applicants should address the relevance of their study to excitability-based diseases.  Additionally in this section, applicants should highlight if the study is multidisciplinary, translational, and/or if the study will involve use of existing CIMED core facilities or will help to develop additional infrastructure. NIH Budget & Justification Pages (fp4, fp5) NIH Biographical Sketch (maximum 4 pages) NIH Formatted Other Support (continuation page) NIH Resources (resources format page) Research Plan – Items A-D. This section should not exceed 5 pages, including figures.

Regulatory Approvals

As applicable, approvals will be required. These may be pending at the time of submission.

Human Research Protection Office  314-633-7400 – Campus Box 8089
Animal Studies Committee 314-362-3229 – Campus Box 8025
Environmental Health and Safety 314-362-6816 – Campus Box 8229
Radiation Safety 314-362-3476 – Campus Box 8053

Contact for more information: Colin Nichols (, Jayma Mikes ( or Paula Reynolds (