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International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP)
November 12-14, 2014
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Pilot Grant Application

Call for Pilot Project Proposals
Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center

The DEARC is an NIAAA-funded alcohol research center housed in Central New York. A major focus of the DEARC is to examine neuroadaptations to alcohol following exposure to ethanol during development, with a particular emphasis on fetal and/or adolescent alcohol exposures.

Purpose of the DEARC Pilot Project Program: The DEARC pilot grant program is designed to promote innovative research in the area of developmental ethanol research and to provide funding for pilot and preliminary studies to support successful research applications in this area in the future through regular R01-, R21-, and R03-type research funding mechanisms.

Who may apply: Early career researchers (i.e., who have not yet received R01- or equivalent funding) from Central New York are particularly encouraged to apply. Also eligible are more established researchers whose proposed projects: (a) constitute a significant departure from their ongoing research and (b) pose intriguing new hypotheses or bring new methodologies to the DEARC or alcohol field.

Characteristics of successful application: Candidate projects must address an aspect of the effects of ethanol in development, and successful projects are expected to mesh with the overall themes and research activities of the DEARC. Each project should include use of one or more DEARC core facilities (see The grants are designed to promote new lines of research and are not intended as bridging funds or a mechanism to extend ongoing funded research. The maximum request is for $30,000 direct costs per year for a two-year project.

Each application should consist of an abstract and a 4 page description of the project (including rationale/hypotheses, background, experimental design and methods). A detailed two year budget and justification should also be included, along with a NIH-type four page biographical sketch for key personnel, and other support information.

Application procedure/timeline:

  • Dec 1: Call for proposals
  • March 1: Deadline for receipt of proposal
  • April 15: Award notification

The LOI should contain the name, institution, and contact information of the Principal Investigator (PI) and any Co-Investigators, along with a working title of the proposal, and no more than a paragraph describing the scope of the project and its relationship to the research of the DEARC. The LOI should be sent to:

Deak, Terrence
Associate Director
Binghamton University

Following receipt of the LOI, applicants will be contacted and encouraged to meet with the CD or another DEARC member, who can provide additional information about the DEARC, as well as advice about choosing a DEARC mentor to assist the applicant in shaping a proposal that fits within the scientific scope and uses core facilities of the DEARC.

March 1: Deadline for receipt of proposals. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Linda Spear, using the contact information above. Proposals will be reviewed by the DEARC Executive Committee as well as the External Scientific Advisory Board of the DEARC.

April 15: Award notification. On or about June 1, applicants will receive written critiques of their proposals, along with any revised budgets. Successful applicant(s) will be asked to meet with DEARC directors to review the goals of the DEARC and Pilot Project Program, and timeline for required pilot project progress reports.

Sept 1: Projected award start date. We anticipate funding 1-2 new pilot projects yearly in 2011 and 2012. Applications will be solicited via a Call for Proposals similar to that contained here each year, using a similar timeline. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply the next year, and given the constraints on the number of proposals funded, may be encouraged to do so.

Last Updated: 11/3/11