Funding for pediatric research available through Children’s Miracle Network
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
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 academic appointment at the College of Medicine at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor. In addition to the basic science faculty, virtually all physicians and psychologists employed by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine and are therefore eligible.
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 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.
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.
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.
Paper Size and Page Margins
Use standard paper size (8.5 by 11 inches). Use at least half-inch margins (top, bottom, left and right) for all pages. No information should appear in the margins except page numbers.
Applications must use Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype or Georgia typefaces, a black font color and a font size of 11 points or larger.
Follow page limits described below. Applications exceeding limits will be rejected.
Cover page: All applications must include a completed copy of the appropriate CMN cover page found in Box – Faculty Research Grant cover page or Trainee Research Grant cover page. For both, Penn State Access ID login is required. The cover page should include a descriptive title of the project; the name, degree, department and the signature of the principal investigator and all collaborators; the email and phone number of the principal investigator; and the funding requested (direct costs) in the application.
Table of contents: Number all pages consecutively and include a short table of contents.
Project narrative: Using no more than two or three sentences, describe the relevance of this research to children’s health. In this section, be succinct and use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience.
Project abstract: The project abstract is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. This section should state the application’s broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, making reference to the goals of CMN as described in this RFA. Describe concisely the research design and methods for achieving the stated goals. Avoid describing past accomplishments and the use of the first person. This section must be no longer than 30 lines of text, and follow the required font and margin specifications.
Research plan: Sections a and b of the Research Plan should be a maximum of five pages (single-spaced including figures and tables, with 15 characters per inch of type), organized as follows:
- Specific aims (one page maximum)
- Research strategy (four pages maximum) – Organize the research strategy in the specified order and using the instructions provided below. Start each section with the appropriate section heading – Significance, Innovation, Approach.
- Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses.
- Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in one or more broad fields.
- Describe how the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventive interventions that drive this field will be changed if the proposed aims are achieved.
- Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms.
- Describe any novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions to be developed or used, and any advantage over existing methodologies, instrumentation or interventions.
- Explain any refinements, improvements, or new applications of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions.
- Describe the overall strategy, methodology and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed and interpreted as well as any resource-sharing plans as appropriate.
- Discuss benchmarks for success anticipated to achieve the aims and specifically include a timeline for completion of the proposed work.
- Future plans (half-page maximum) – Assuming that this study is successful, describe anticipated plans to apply for external funding including the identity of the most probable sponsor and the expected receipt date for submitting the first such application.
- Human subjects – Describe involvement, if any.
- Vertebrate animals – Describe involvement, if any.
- Literature cited
Budget: Applicants should use SIMS to create their budget (working with their department research administrator) and include budget justification, relating funds to the scientific plan. CMN will not pay for faculty salaries or, in the case of Trainee Research Grants, salaries for the principal investigator trainee, nor for publication expenses, indirect costs or travel to meetings. For Faculty Research Grants, per University policy, any principal investigators must have some effort that will need to be cost-shared by their department. For both mechanisms, this section should list any other faculty as collaborators with 0 percent effort. All faculty collaborators should be included on the IAF regardless of percent effort.
Biographical sketch of principal investigator: Use the updated NIH biosketch with the following four sections (maximum 5 pages). Templates and examples are available on the NIH website.
- Personal statement: The applicant should briefly describe why they are well-suited for their role(s) in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of the applicant’s training; previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; technical expertise; collaborators or scientific environment; and past performance in this or related fields. (Applicants may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C). Also, applicants may identify up to four peer-reviewed publications that specifically highlight their experience and qualifications for this project. Those who wish to explain impediments to past productivity, if any, may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability and active duty military service.
- Positions and honors: The applicant should list in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. All honors should be listed. Include present membership on any federal government public advisory committee.
- Contributions to science: Applicants should briefly describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science with up to four examples for each. For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and the applicant’s specific role in the described work.
- Additional information – research support and/or scholastic performance: List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (federal or non-federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the biographical sketch. Do not include number of person-months or direct costs.
Submission information will be posted when applications are being accepted.
For details on this opportunity, email CMNApplications@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.
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