Call for 2019 Clinical Innovation Grant Applications

The Division of Nephrology is now accepting applications for the 2019 Clinical Innovation Grant, a new funding program that will provide resources for clinical research projects within the division.

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Successful proposals will feature a well-crafted plan for a clinical research project involving patients or patient records.  While applications from a single principal investigator (PI) will be considered, multiple PIs may collaborate to use the funds on separate projects (to support the effort of a clinical research coordinator, for example).

Priority will be given to projects that have a strategy for leveraging this funding to obtain further support to continue the clinical research project after the project period is completed.  Although support for biobanking of specimens might be a part of an application, it should not constitute the major thrust of the grant.  Projects supporting existing pharma-funded trials will not be considered.

In this inaugural funding cycle, one grant will be funded at a maximum of $50,000 total direct costs per year.  Two payments of $25,000 will be made with the second payment contingent on completion of a progress report at six months.  A summary will be due at the end of the funding period.  Decisions regarding the appropriate level of funding for any proposed project will be made by the review committee and will take into account the availability of other funding sources.

Physician and/or physician-scientist faculty members of the Division of Nephrology (who are actively seeing patients) at the rank of Instructor through Professor are eligible to apply as principle investigator.  Eligible applications will be for clinical studies only; no basic science studies will be accepted.

Please contact Dr. Benjamin Humphreys at (314) 362-8233 or for programmatic questions regarding the Clinical Innovation Grant Program.

The grant award will be announced in April 2019.  For detailed application instructions, see here.

The Clinical Innovation Grant is the latest addition to the Division of Nephrology’s initiative to provide internal funding for projects headed by our clinicians, scientists and staff members.  The Translational Innovation Grant program, first funded in 2015, brings together a clinician and basic scientist from within the division to jointly pursue a collaborative project with translational potential.  The Renal Staff Microgrant program, also debuting in 2015, provides resources for staff in the division’s outpatient clinics, the Forest Park dialysis unit and the Chromalloy dialysis unit to undertake new projects that improve the care and experience of our patients.