Limited Submission Programs - Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT): Core Facility Support Awards FY 2013

Summary of Opportunity
Limited Submission Programs - Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT): Core Facility Support Awards FY 2013 [PDF]
OSP Deadline 05/25/12
Funding Agency Deadline 05/31/12 by 3 p.m. CST
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: CPRIT believes that the best ideas come from Texas-based researchers, rather than from CPRIT staff. To that end, CPRIT strives to keep RFAs simple and as free from rules and restrictions as possible. This RFA may and should be used for any kind of research—basic, translational, or clinical. CPRIT reviewers are established and accomplished scientists who are encouraged to support excellence and weigh risk against potential gain. CPRIT review committees are constituted broadly. There are no quotas for types or areas of research. Simply stated: CPRIT tries to fund the projects that can make the biggest difference.

CPRIT will foster cancer research in Texas by providing financial support for a wide variety of projects relevant to cancer research. This Request for Applications (RFA) solicits applications from institutions to establish or enhance core research facilities (laboratory based or clinical) that will directly support cancer research programs to advance knowledge of the causes, prevention, and/or treatment of cancer. CPRIT expects outcomes of supported activities to directly and indirectly benefit subsequent cancer research efforts, cancer public health policy, or the continuum of cancer care—from prevention to treatment and cure. To fulfill this vision, applications may address any topic or issue related to cancer biology, causation, prevention, detection or screening, treatment, or cure.

This award provides cancer researchers access to appropriate research infrastructure, instrumentation, and technical expertise necessary to achieve their research objectives. A wide variety of facilities can be supported, including, but not limited to, chemistry, high-throughput screening, biomedical imaging, proteomics, protein structure, molecular biology, genomics, metabolomics, animal physiology/metabolism, cell sorting, bioengineering, clinical research support, and the like. Funds may be requested to develop a new facility or to enhance the capabilities of an existing facility that will directly support and impact cancer research programs at the institution and in the region.

The maximum duration of the award is 5 years. The maximum amount that may be requested is $2 million (total costs) for the first year (minimum amount $100,000) and up to $1 million (total costs) for each subsequent year. Allowable expenses include the cost of instruments, installation and/or necessary renovation expenses in the first year (installation/renovation expenses not to exceed 10 percent of the total first-year request), and maintenance/service contracts. Installation/renovation expenses can be requested in the first year only. In addition, applicants may request salary support and fringe benefits for the facility director, data analysts, and technical staff; travel to scientific/technical meetings or collaborating institutions is also an allowable expense for these individuals. All of these costs and expenses must be prorated for direct use in cancer research efforts. Also allowable are funds to support the use of the facility by qualified cancer research investigators for relevant projects (research supplies and services, clinical research costs, etc.). Institutions must describe the process to be used to disburse funds to support use of the facility by cancer investigators. Finally, some fraction of available funds may be used by the facility director for development of new or improved approaches to technical challenges. State law limits the amount of award funding that may be spent on indirect costs to no more than 5 percent of the total award amount.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.



Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed ONE (1) proposal is allowed from UT Austin. NOTE: Individual Investigator Research Awards are a separate solicitation and are NOT limited.
Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates must submit the following materials electronically to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012

(NOTE: submissions directly from PIs will not be accepted):

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's (or designates) Letter of Nomination with justification
  2. Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for of the proposed project.
  3. Principal Investigator's short c.v.

Each College may submit 1 (one) internal application.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance Dr. Scott Hunicke-Smith, College of Natural Sciences
Posting Date 03/06/12