Spring 2017 Collaborative RFA

*Updated RFA*

*In order to help investigators find a collaborating principal investigator (PI), WVCTSI has created an interactive collaborator finder document.*

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to support clinical and translational pilot projects relevant to improving health in West Virginia and Appalachia.

Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Pilot Project Program Coordinators prior to application submission.

Wes Kimble           wkimble1@hsc.wvu.edu    304-581-1957

Meghan Reeves     mreeves1@hsc.wvu.edu   304-293-6581


Required Letter of Intent (LOI)

To better serve those applying for West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute pilot project funding, Letters of Intent (LOI) will be required from interested Co-Project Leaders (Co-PLs)/Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs). The proposed collaborative projects should address health care needs of West Virginia. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following health care issues:

  • Addiction and Resultant Emerging Epidemics (hepatitis C)
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Neuroscience

 The LOI should include the following components; guidance on these requirements is located in Section IV. LOI template can be found here. Application and Submission Information:

  • Cover Page
  • Project Abstract
  • Proposed Project Description
    •  In one page or less, please describe the rationale and health care issue addressed, proposed project objectives, and potential impact addressed by the proposed study.
  • NIH Biographical Sketch of Both Co-PIs

LOI Due Date – March 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST

Full Proposal Due Date – May 1st, 2017 by 5:00 PM EST


For all funding cycles, the budget is limited to a maximum of $50,000 in total direct costs for twelve (12) months, with each site submitting similar budget totals. Applicant teams are encouraged to submit proposals with budgets that are approximately equally supported from 2 institutions, however exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.


Compliance Requirements for a Full Proposal

Co-PIs submitting a full proposal in response to this RFA must include CITI certification for investigators conducting research or collecting outcomes with human subjects as well as documentation of IRB protocol submission and/or IACUC protocol submission. Documentation for these requirements should be included in the Appendix of the application. IRB and IACUC approval are not required prior to application submission deadline but must be completed within 30 days of notice of grant award.


Additional Information on Eligibility

  • A minimum of two Principal Investigators (PI) are required for this funding opportunity, coming from at least 2 different participating institutions (Marshall University (MU), West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), West Virginia University (WVU) (including all campuses)).
  • One of the two Co-PIs is designated as the lead/contact PI; her or his name should appear on the cover page.
  • All Co-PLs/Co-PIs must hold a faculty appointment or equivalent at the time the award is announced. For the purposes of this RFA, these are individuals who can independently apply for federal or non- federal investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed Research Project Grants (RPG). Individuals holding postdoctoral fellowships or other positions that lack independent status are not eligible to lead pilot projects.
  • All Early Stage Investigator (ESI) PIs must complete the one page attachment with signature from proposed mentor. Mentorship Agreement Plan can be found here. Early Stage Investigator(ESI) Principal Investigators, as defined by the NIH as a new investigator who has completed his or her terminal research degree or medical or other professional residency—whichever date is later—within the past 10 years and has not yet been awarded a substantial, competing NIH research grant.


  • The Project lead for Pilot projects may not concurrently have funding from other IDeA Program award          mechanisms (e.g. INBRE, COBRE).
  • Pilot projects may not overlap with other ongoing WVCTSI-funded projects


Those with questions or concerns related to the various requirements may contact Wes Kimble, wkimble1@hsc.wvu.edu