Departmental Seed Grants
Twice each year, departmental funds are made available to support new research projects. Members of the faculty and mentored fellows and residents (provided that their base specialty is anesthesiology) are eligible to submit a specific research proposal to the Scientific Affairs Committee (SAC) for competitive review. Both basic and clinical research projects will be considered, however pilot projects and studies by beginning investigators will be given priority. New investigators are strongly urged to collaborate or consult with more experienced investigators before planning a research project. Fellows and residents must have a faculty sponsor, and a letter from the mentor must accompany the application (more information provided in the seed grant guidelines.)
Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the Scientific Affairs Committee.
Submission Guidelines and Dates
Guidelines and detailed instructions for writing seed grant applications are provided on the departmental intranet. Please follow the guidelines carefully as incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The SAC will meet twice to review applications. If revisions are thought to be necessary to achieve a fundable score, the application will be returned to the investigator with the committee's comments after the first review. He or she may then revise the application and resubmit it before the second review, at which time applications will be scored and ranked for funding.
Applications, and any questions, should be submitted via e-mail to SAC@anes.upmc.edu. For funding commencing in July each year, the submission deadline is April 15th. For funding commencing in January, the deadline is October 15th. If the submission deadline falls on a weekend, the application may be submitted on the following Monday.
If a proposal is not funded, the investigator may resubmit a revised application during the next funding cycle. Revised applications should include a summary of the substantial changes to the original submission and a response to the criticisms and issues generated in the review (indicate changes in the application using a colored font).
Seed Grant Awards
Funds may be requested for small equipment, consumable supplies, or animals, but not for stipends or salaries for fellows, technicians, or secretaries. The total amount requested should not exceed $8,000 per project or per investigator.
Award recipients are encouraged to present their research progress and findings at departmental, regional and national research meetings. At six months and upon completion of the proposed studies, the Principal Investigator must provide a report summarizing the progress made during the seed grant funding period and note any publications or grant applications arising from the award.