Please see the announcement for the 2021 Pilot Grant Program at the bottom of the page.
The San Antonio Nathan Shock Center and the Barshop Institute are seeking small grant proposals in aging research from UT Health SA, UTSA, and Texas Biomedical Research Institute faculty. Funds are available for research on basic biological gerontology through the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, a component of the Barshop Institute. This announcement describes the Pilot Grant Program. The program is essentially the same as we implemented in 2020. The Research Development Core Mentoring Program is also described at the end of this Notice.
We expect to again fund up to four $25,000 Pilot awards. This is due to the generous co-funding by our partner entities at UT Health SA (including the Mays Cancer Center, the Glen Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases, the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, and the Office of the Vice-President for Research).
Two Pilot Grant Programs:
Budgets must be fully justified. Normally, only a single year of funding will be provided, but occasionally a second year of funding may be awarded for junior faculty. If a second year of funding is requested, the applicant will be required to submit a progress report (maximum of 2 pages) as part of the process for 2nd year funding.
For both pilot grant programs, it is very important to include a discussion of how the pilot grant will enhance future success in obtaining extramural funding.
If your project proposes the use of one of the Nathan Shock Aging Center Cores, please consult with the relevant core leader, and obtain a letter of support to be included with your application (does not count toward the page limit). See http://nathanshock.barshop.uthscsa.edu.
Specific Areas of Interest:
All Basic Aging Pilot Grant applicants are encouraged. However, special consideration will be given to proposals that fall under one or both of the following categories:
The Transformative Award in Basic Aging Research is a program that will fund investigators with conceptual ideas in basic aging research that could transform the field. In many cases, the need is to test ideas in aging research that are truly innovative and transformative, but preliminary data must be obtained in order for the researcher to be able to submit a credible grant application. We will also fund projects that aim to critically test the usefulness of novel emerging technologies in basic aging research.
Proposal format and guidelines for all grant applications:
Evaluation of the proposals is a two-stage process. At stage one, two experts on the subject of the proposal from outside the Health Science Center prepare written evaluations. At stage two, a panel of Shock Center Core Leaders uses these written reports to judge the merit of the proposal and evaluate the relevance of the research to gerontology and to the goals of the Barshop Institute and the Nathan Shock Aging Center. We hope to be able to notify awardees no later than May 1st.
Award Recipient Follow-up:
Successful applicants will be required to provide the Barshop Institute with the following:
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM, March 15th, 2021.