CReFF Pilot Funding Offered for Junior Faculty
Instructors or assistant professors based at UC, CCHMC or Cincinnati VAMC who are on a well-planned clinical research career path with committed and supportive mentors, and are utilizing substantive resources of the Schubert Research Clinic (Clinical Translational Research Center) are generally eligible for Clinical Research Feasibility Fund (CReFF) pilot grants. Applicants should describe in their cover letter how the data will lead to a K, R01 or foundation grant application. Funding restrictions apply. Fellows anticipating a faculty appointment during the grant period may also be eligible. Applicants must be CCTST members. Join free of charge.
Applicants must already have an active SRC-approved protocol or submit one for review with their proposal. The CReFF provides one-year start-up funding of up to $20,000 for pilot studies. One grant is anticipated each funding cycle.
A letter of intent is not required. However, potential applicants are strongly advised to contact the program director, Dr. Mark Mitsnefes, prior to submitting an application, and to submit their protocol to the Schubert Research Clinic Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) at least one month before the CReFF review meeting to facilitate resolving scientific or other issues. The approval process for the protocol must be completed before it can be considered for a CReFF award.
Gaurav Gulati, MD, assistant professor in the UC Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, received a CReFF award from the fall 2017 cycle for his project Evaluating the Role of Environmental Influences in Lupus.
Senu Apewokin, MD, UC Division of Infectious Diseases, received a CReFF award from the fall 2017 cycle for his project Assessing Neutralizing Antibody Responses to Clostridium dificile in Chemotherapy Patients Using Induced Intestinal Organoids.
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