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.
Khurram Bari, MD, assistant professor in the UC Division of Digestive Diseases, received a CReFF award from the fall 2016 cycle for his project A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Budesonide as an Alternative to Prednisone for Liver Transplant Immune Suppression. Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD serves as mentor.
Vanessa A. Olbrecht, MD, assistant professor and anesthesiologist in the CCHMC division of anesthesia, received a CReFF award from the spring 2015 cycle. Her project is entitled Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to Detect and Predict Pain in Children in the Inpatient and Outpatient Setting.
Smokey Clay, MD, assistant professor in the CCHMC division of anesthesia, received a CReFF award from the fall 2014 cycle. His project is entitled Pharmacokinetics of Intravenous Lidocaine Infusion in Children.
Hansel Greiner, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and co-director of the epilepsy surgery program in the division of neurology at CCHMC was awarded a grant from the fall 2013 cycle. His project is entitled Focal Cortical Dysplasia as an mTORopathy: Identification of a Serum Biomarker in Treatment Resistant Pediatric Epilepsy.