School of Nursing Intramural Research Awards to support preliminary data needed for external proposals

  • Purpose: To support preliminary research to increase the strength and success of proposals for significant external funding (e.g., R01, program projects, university awards or similar scope from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Amount: 10K-20K though evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • Funding period: One year
  • Budget: Funds may be requested for the awardee's salary, research assistance, consultation, office supplies, equipment, and travel
  • Eligibility: Open to faculty with programs of research who are in need of preliminary or pilot data to support a planned external funding proposal

Submission process & guidelines

  • Due date: Rolling due date to allow for the preparation of grants with different deadlines.
  • Application:  Follow the Proposal Components listed below and email your application to the Office for Nursing Research with the subject "Pilot Data Intramural Funding".

Selection Criteria and Process

  • Contribution to the development of the faculty member’s research program: The proposal should show how the proposed research fits into the ongoing development of the faculty member's research program. The proposal should describe the investigator's own preliminary work leading up to this proposal and tell how the investigator will build on the proposed research in subsequent studies. Include the agency and call for proposals to which you are applying for external funding (R01, Program project or U grant opportunities or similar in scope from PCORI, RWJ or CDC) as well as the target date for proposal submission.
  • Scientific merit: Scientific merit will be evaluated in terms of the clarity of the aims, the significance of the problem, and the adequacy of the methods and procedures for achieving the aims. Reviewers will consider the feasibility of the proposed research and the likelihood of obtaining useful information from it in a timely manner.
  • Selection process: The School of Nursing Research Committee will make its recommendations to the Associate Dean for Research. Evaluation criteria are linked here. Pilot Data Intramural Funding Evaluation Form
  • Funding period: The proposed work should be completed within one year. No cost extension requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any requests for extensions should be requested at least 60d prior to the award end date.
  • Outcome: the recipients of the award will be expected to submit an external grant application based on this work within 1 year of funding

Proposal Components

In approximately 3-5 pages, please include the following,

  • Specific Aims: Provide an overview of your study aims and any related hypotheses.
  • Background and Significance: Include the most relevant literature to support the significance of your research.
  • Methods and Procedures: Describe your study methods to include study design, participants, measures, and analyses.
  • References: Using APA or AMA format. Include the references cited in the proposal.
  • Importance to Advancing Program of Research/Competitiveness for External Funding: Briefly describe any preliminary research on the topic and explain how the proposed research is a logical, important, and/or necessary next step.
  • Budget Justification: Please provide a brief (e.g., no more than 1 page) budget justification. Budget Sample

Recipient responsibilities

Submit a final report detailing the outcomes of the project. This final report will be due June 30th, the year after the award is given. Final report should be no longer than 1-2 pages and be emailed to the Office for Nursing Research.