The Pilot Program at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC) provides the specialized research facilities, expertise and limited support to investigators.
In most cases, pilot projects are focused on unique or emerging research opportunities, requiring preliminary studies to generate scientific data that will lead to future expanded grant applications for independent funding.
The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) and the Center annually co-sponsor the Career Development and Ignition Awards. The awards support preclinical translational research in the areas of non-human primate models of human disease, drug delivery, transport, metabolism, and manufacturing.
WaNPRC and ITHS are pleased to sponsor the Ignition Awards, focusing on the use of nonhuman primate (NHP) models of human disease. The purpose of this award is to support exploration of innovative areas of nonhuman primate research and generate preliminary data to serve as a basis for submission of new research grant applications (e.g. R01-type grant to NIH or other funding agency) and/or subsequent clinical studies.
The WaNPRC intends to award up to three separate awards of as much as $65,000 for one year. These funds must be used for Primate Center costs only, including animal costs, per diem, and procedures. Costs of supplies and salaries must be administered by the Primate Center.
This award program facilitates the use of NHP models and services of WaNPRC and ITHS. This program will advance research programs through the translational process of therapeutics, diagnostics or device development.
Proposed projects may include, but are not limited to:
- The development of clinical tests/diagnostics/therapeutics that have the potential to
- speed translational research (i.e., new outcome measures)
- develop highly relevant model systems
- improve clinical treatments (i.e., new therapeutics or new indications for approved drugs)
- Advanced neuroscience applications
- Reproductive / developmental studies
- March 1, 2014 – Full application due to the WaNPRC
- March 31, 2014– Notice to awardees and other applicants
- May 1, 2014 – Budget initiation
- April 30, 2015 – End of budget period
All faculty members or those with equivalent titles are eligible to apply, except those who have received an ITHS/Primate Center Ignition Award within the previous three years. Anyone in the WWAMI region is eligible to apply, provided that all costs are incurred at the Primate Center.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the WaNPRC at: PrimateITHS@wanprc.org to discuss the scientific components of their projects and general costs of the services to be provided. More information on the awards is available at www.iths.org/funding.
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