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Liver Center Research Fund Pilot Award offers investigator support

Penn State College of Medicine’s Liver Center Research Fund Pilot Award promotes research into liver transplantation and hepatology.

The long-term goal of this endowment is to promote discoveries that lead to meaningful intervention and treatment advancements for liver transplantation candidates and recipients. Applications in response to this RFP may request up to $10,000 total costs for a project period of up to 12 months.

Submission information will be provided when applications are being accepted.

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RFP Details: Liver Center Research Fund Pilot Award

Program Guidelines and Eligibility Expand answer
  • The principal investigator must have a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor. In addition to basic science faculty, virtually all physicians employed by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have a primary academic appointment at the College of Medicine and are therefore eligible to apply.
  • Only applications directly relevant to liver transplantation and hepatology will be considered. The scope of this RFP includes clinical and translational research.
  • Applications may request up to $10,000; however, awarded amounts for individual applications may be less.
  • Funds may be requested for costs of supplies, software, equipment and support for staff as well as costs related to the use of human subjects. Applications requesting funds solely for training or travel will not be considered. Funds may be used to supplement existing projects but applications must identify how receipt of additional funding will advance the scope of the current project.
  • Faculty effort will not be covered through this mechanism, but applications must include a letter from the department chair or division chief acknowledging support for the unfunded research and the budget justification must ensure that investigator effort will be sufficient to complete the project within the 12-month project period.
  • Investigators may submit only one application as the principal investigator for this RFP. However, the number of projects where an investigator may serve as a co-investigator or collaborator is not limited.
Proposal Format Expand answer

Applications should be limited to three text pages (not including budget, references and biosketch) and should include the following:

  1. Cover page: Complete the cover page found in Box (Penn State Access ID login required).
  2. Table of contents: Include page numbers starting with the cover page numbering each page consecutively.
  3. The application must address:
    • Relevant background (preliminary data not required)
    • Significance and innovation, as well as how it may impact the liver transplant or hepatology community
    • Approach, detailing the target population, assessment measures/specifics of the intervention/analytic techniques used to achieve study aims
    • Proposed timeline for completion of measurable objectives
    • How receipt of funding will facilitate further research work in liver transplantation or hepatology
  4. Human subjects and/or vertebrate animals: Describe involvement as appropriate on cover page.
  5. Literature cited
  6. Budget: Budget only for funds expected to be used within 12 months of receipt of the award. Use the budget form found in Box (Penn State Access ID login required).
  7. Budget justification: Include a detailed budget justification on a separate page.
  8. NIH biosketch: Include a current five-page NIH biosketch for the principal investigator/co-PI. Biosketch templates are available on the NIH website.
Review and Award Process Expand answer

Funds will be allocated based on the assessed merit of the application. Applications will be reviewed competitively with individual proposals scored on significance to liver transplantation and hepatology, innovation, methodology and the capacity of the investigative team to complete the work in the proposed timeframe.

Awardees must agree to submit a brief six-month progress report and a 12-month final report detailing study accomplishments and expenditure of funds.

Awardees are also expected to give Liver Center Grand Rounds providing an update on their progress following completion of the 12-month award period.

For Details

Questions on this award should be directed to Research Development at 717-531-6949 or

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