TVAREF Seed Grant Program

TVAREF Seed Grant Program
The purpose of the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation, Inc. (TVAREF) is to facilitate and promote research and education activities at the James A. Haley VA Hospital. TVAREF began initiating a seed grant program in 2013 with the primary goal of providing start-up funds to junior investigators to develop preliminary data to support future VA Merit, Federal or Industry sponsored funding. Priority for funding will be given to VA junior investigators that are currently involved in research and have submitted a merit review grant or a DOD/NIH grant. TVAREF will offer four $5,000 grants in 2015.

Eligibility
Applicants must be 5/8's time, or 100% geographically located at the VA and/or a US citizen or have a green card, and they must be eligible to apply for either a Career Development Award (CDA) or Merit Review Award as defined by VA/ORD: http://www.research.va.gov/funding/process/default.cfm. Each applicant shall hold a M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in medical, biological or behavioral science; and Co-PI applications are not allowed.

Project Period
Seed Grant funding cycles are for a twelve month period beginning on June 1, 2015; and approved projects should be completed within one year of an approved IRB/R&D start date. Investigators be eligible for one no cost extension, if requested and approved by the Executive Director. After payment of all study costs, any funds remaining at the end of the grant will be returned to the TVAREF Seed Grant fund.

Application
The application narrative shall be no more than three pages in length and must follow the formatting guidelines in the Application Instructions. Any application longer than 3 pages will not be reviewed. Additional information, including a SF424 Biosketch and letters of support (not to exceed 3), are encouraged. Proposals will be ranked in order of scientific quality and probability of success.

Protocol Approval
Applications approved for funding by the TVAREF Board of Directors must subsequently be approved by appropriate Research & Development subcommittees [Human IRB, IACUC, Radiation Safety, and/or the Subcommittee for Research Safety]. Final approval from the R&D Committee must be obtained before funding is released. Any variations from the original grant protocol are subject to review and approval or disapproval by the appropriate Committees and the TVAREF Board of Directors prior to implementation.

Deadline
Final deadline for application to be received in the TVAREF office, via email, is no later than 4 PM EST, April 3, 2015. Please submit one copy in pdf format to dreeder@tampavaref.org. Application packets are available online at our website: http://www.tampavaref.org. Questions related to the Seed Grant Program should be directed to Douglas Reeder, Executive Director, at 813-780-2623 x103. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the grants submitted for funding by May 1, 2015.

Reporting
A final report must be received in the TVAREF office, via email, no later than two months after closing the research activity. Seed grant awardees who fail to submit a final report will not be allowed to participate in future TVAREF grant programs. Format for the final report will be available on the TVAREF website.

Publications/Presentations
The TVAREF should be mentioned in any publications or presentations that are a result of this seed grant funding. Funded PI's may be required to present study status or findings at events such as Research Day or TVAREF fund raising events.


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