Grant Submission Instructions

Applications are due August 1 and should include the following elements:
  1. Title (required)
  2. Specific Aims (one page) (required)
  3. Introduction: should state if applicant is applying for a Full or Minigrant and the investigator’s eligibility. Please clearly state the relevance of your application to NIAMS, specifically relating to NIAMS’ interest in skin biology and diseases (required); research on pre-cancerous lesions is acceptable, but research on cancer mechanisms is considered more appropriate for funding by the NCI
  4. Research Strategy (page limits below) according to NIH format with Significance, Innovation, and Approach sections (required)
  5. Bibliography and References Cited (required)
  6. Protection of Human Subjects, Data Safety Monitoring Plan, Inclusion of Women and Minorities, PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report, Inclusion of Children (if applicable)
  7. Vertebrate Animals (if applicable)
  8. Letters of Support (e.g., Consultants) (Scientist-in-training Minigrant proposals require a letter from the mentor)
  9. Resource Sharing Plan(s) (required) for:
    1. Data
    2. Model organisms
    3. Genomic Data
  10. Select Agent Research (if applicable)
  11. Multiple Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Leadership Plan (if applicable)
  12. Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources (required)
  13. Budget using the NIH Budget Page PHS398/FP4. Personnel and budget justification is also required (we do not fund salaries) (required)
  14. IACUC, IRB, or other required documentation (as applicable)
  15. NIH Biosketch, 5 page format including personal statement, PMCID #s for publications, and link to online full list of publications (required)
  16. Formatting by NIH guidelines is required, including acceptable fonts in black type and 0.5” page margins
Full proposals:
  • Maximum of 3 pages for Research Strategy
Scientist-in-training Minigrant proposals:
  • In Introduction also state how the Minigrant will lead to a unique line of research (separate from PI of the laboratory) and career independence
  • Maximum of 2 pages for Research Strategy
  • Include previous progress in preliminary data in the Research Strategy Section. (No separate progress report)

The following criteria will be used in assigning scores: (1) Investigator eligibility (required for consideration); (2) Biological or clinical relevance of the project to skin biology and/or skin diseases within the NIAMS mission (please note, research on pre-cancerous lesions is acceptable, but research on cancer mechanisms is considered more appropriate for funding by the NCI); (3) Interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and basic-translational collaborative aspects of project; (4) Use of SBDRC Resource Cores; (5) Testability and innovation of the hypothesis; (6) Strength of premise for the hypothesis; (7) Appropriateness and rigor of experimental approaches; (8) Significance in terms of yielding meaningful preliminary data that could lead to a full research proposal; (9) For Minigrants: the proposal should ultimately be able to lead to work that is independent of the main research direction of the mentor’s laboratory; (10) For Minigrants: potential of the applicant for a career as a physician scientist or independent PhD scientist in skin research; (11) Appropriate policies in accordance with NIH guidelines for: the use of vertebrate animals and human subjects; inclusion of women, minorities and children; resource sharing; select agent use. Investigators will be required to comply with the Resource Sharing instructions in the PHS 398 application guide.

Investigators receiving Penn SBDRC P&F grants will be required to:
  • Submit an annual Progress Report (can be incorporated into renewal application)
  • Present P&F-generated data at the 2020 Penn SBDRC Scientific Symposium (to be held in Fall 2020)
  • Provide annual updates on resulting grants and publications
  • Participate in future SBDRC P&F Study Sections to evaluate applications.