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Funding for pediatric research available through Children’s Miracle Network

Children’s Miracle Network offers funding in support of research relevant to children’s health at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

The main goal set by CMN Hospitals is for the use of CMN funds to remain local to “improve the quality of life for children in need of medical care.” Faculty and trainees whose departments can or do provide services to children directly or indirectly, and which are located on the campus of the Children’s Hospital in Hershey, are eligible to apply for funding.

Submission information will be posted when applications are being accepted.

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RFA Details: Children's Miracle Network Faculty and Trainee Research Grants

Program Guidelines and Eligibility: Faculty Research Grants Expand answer

Applications for the CMN Faculty Research Grants mechanism may request up to $40,000 direct costs (indirect costs are not allowed) for a period of up to 24 months to support research projects at Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Faculty Research Grant funds may not support the salary and fringe benefits for either the principal investigator or other faculty. Funds may be requested to support salaries and benefits for trainees, research staff, student stipends, supplies, equipment and expenses related to the use of human subjects and animals. Proposals to obtain preliminary data to be used in applications to external research sponsors are particularly encouraged.

The principal investigator on a CMN Faculty Research Grant must have a primary faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor in any academic department at the College of Medicine.

Program Guidelines and Eligibility: Trainee Research Grants Expand answer

Applications for the CMN Trainee Research Grants mechanism may request up to $20,000 direct costs (indirect costs are not allowed) for a period of up to 12 months beginning July 1, 2021, to support research projects at Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Trainee Research Grant funds may not support the salary and fringe benefits for either the principal investigator or other faculty. Funds may be requested to support salaries and benefits for research staff, student stipends, supplies, equipment and expenses related to the use of human subjects and animals. Proposals to obtain preliminary data to be used in applications to external research sponsors are particularly encouraged.

The principal investigator on a CMN Trainee Research Grant must be a resident, fellow or postdoc employed by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or Penn State College of Medicine.

General Program Guidelines and Eligibility Expand answer

Principal investigators of funded CMN Research Grants must agree to:

  • submit a final report at the completion of the CMN award;
  • provide the CMN director with a copy of any publications resulting from the CMN project;
  • notify the CMN director regarding any external funding that is subsequently received using preliminary data obtained with support;
  • submit an abstract to the next Pediatric Research Day; and
  • present findings to the CMN Advisory Board if asked by the CMN director.

It is expected that all the necessary compliance protocols (IACUC, IRB, etc.) will be submitted by Oct. 31, 2021. Failure to do so will result in termination of the award unless dispensation is applied for and awarded.

Principal investigators of funded CMN grants requesting an extension will be required to complete an extension form that will be circulated for approval. This extension form will be included with the award letter.

Investigators working in a lab that is already supported by Four Diamonds are not eligible for CMN funding. A lab that has received prior CMN funding may re-apply for new CMN funds.

All oncology-related grant requests should be directed to Four Diamonds.

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For details on this opportunity, email CMNApplications@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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