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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine recently created the Faculty Intramural Grants Program, providing research funds through an annual competition to full-time faculty members in the basic science departments.
The new program will provide research funds to develop new research ideas, develop new critical preliminary data for extramural proposal submissions, or enable sustained laboratory progress between extramural grant funding periods.
According to Dr. Mary Townsley, senior associate dean of the USA College of Medicine, there are several reasons why this new program is important.
“The intramural grants program signals both the College and the Dean’s commitment to our research faculty for expansion of our extramural funding base,” she said. “Also, nationally-funded grants are extremely competitive, so it is important for our faculty to submit their very best work. In many cases, that means acquiring sufficient preliminary data to convince review groups of the significance and feasibility of the proposal. Further, by providing bridge funding for productive research faculty, progress in the laboratory can continue while faculty submit revised proposals.”
Each year, the USA College of Medicine will commit $250,000 to this program to provide individual one-year awards of up to $50,000 in direct costs. “Faculty members will submit ‘mini-proposals’ and compete for these awards,” Dr. Townsley said. “Feedback from the intramural review should also help those faculty members improve proposals submitted for extramural funding.”
Full-time faculty members in the USA College of Medicine basic science departments, holding ranks of assistant professor or above, are eligible to apply as principle investigators for this intramural award.
The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 15, 2017, by 5 p.m. Awards will begin Nov. 1, 2017.
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