Research Resources

College of Medicine (COM)


Office of Research – College of Medicine



A .  Purpose:


The Mini-Grant Program provides seed grants to support faculty and student research and scholarship in the College of Medicine (COM).


This program is designed to,


(1)  Allow students and faculty to generate pilot data that can be incorporated into a grant application to an external funding agency (private, state, federal or foundation), and/or

(2)  Foster activity that will lead to a publication (of a book, monograph, edited collection, article, to name only a few examples), or other tangible outcomes, that advance the student or faculty member’s scholarship.


The Mini-Grant Program is primarily intended to partially support scholarly activity for COM faculty, especially for those supervising students and/or pursuing new lines of inquiry and need to obtain pilot data for competitive applications for future federal funding. The program is not designed to supplement existing funded research or scholarship (e.g., NIH grants). Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their proposed ideas with the Assistant Dean of Research prior to submission.


Funds may be used for any purpose related to the conduct of scholarship or research. Examples of acceptable uses of grant funds include but are not limited to: equipment, supplies, drugs, chemical and biological reagents, and costs associated with attendance and poster presentations at scientific meetings, publications, and oral presentations at meetings and universities. Mini-grants for a total of $60,000 will be awarded this cycle. Each mini-grant is awarded for faculty and students as follows:


For Faculty: An amount up to a maximum of $10,000 (with no students). In this regard, a faculty can obtain $9,000 (with one student), $8,000 (with two students), or $7,000 (with three students).


For each student (maximum: three students per project): An amount up to a maximum of $1,000.


Applicants may not apply to more than one project with substantially the same objectives. The grant is for one year only (from January 2nd to December 30st).  If funds are not used by December 31st, it will not roll over or be transferred to the next year. Awarded applicants may re-apply next year to continue the scholarly project. Due to the limited number of available awards, it is anticipated to be extremely competitive. All competitive applications will require a carefully planned budget and justification as the proposed project and budget will be reviewed together.


B . Eligibility :


All regular faculty members and students in good academic standing may apply. If a proposal is multi-authored, the status of the designated “principal investigator (PI)” will be used to determine funding allocation. The relative amount for Co-Investigators will be defined between the PI and Co-investigators. Students may apply as a limited group, consisting of not more than three students per project. 


If funded, the Principal Investigator should be prepared to serve as an ad hoc member of the Research Committee to help review applications.


C . Application:


Applications are accepted only by electronic submission: An electronic copy of the proposal should be submitted to the Assistant Dean of Research, with a visible copy (cc) to any other participant. The proposal should be written in a clear language where persons not familiar with the research area can understand it.


Proposal Format: Proposals should be single-spaced in 12 pt font with 1-inch margins. Applicants must write a formal application using the following format (sections 2-5 cannot exceed 4 pages):

  1. Title Page. Please use the attached Title Page. The title page must include names of the applicant(s) and the applicant’s advisor or immediate supervisor(s). Application is considered signed by the PI when it is submitted from the PI’s email address and visible cc to the Assistant Dean of Research.
  2. Abstract. This should be a succinct distillation of the entire proposal.
  3. Background and Significance. Highlight what scholarly or scientific background and literature led you to this project: What is known already? What is not known yet? Why is it important to answer the questions you are posing here? What is the goal of this project and why is it significant?
  4. Experimental Design and Data Analyses. A narrative that should answer these sorts of questions:
  5. What specific question(s) or hypothesis will you address with this project?
  6. b. How do you propose to fulfill them?
  7. What is your critical approach or methodology?
  8. d. What is the design of your project?
  9. e. What data analysis will you use?
  10. f. What is the time frame of your project?
  11. Future plans based on this project. Either:
  12. a. Future Funding. Discuss how the funds requested in this Mini-grant will lead to future external funding support for this project (primarily scientific disciplines).
  13. Future scholarship. Discuss how the funds requested in this Mini-grant will enhance your scholarly productivity.
  14. Budget. Show your budget in detail on the budget form
  15. Budget Justification. Explain each component of the budget request. Please break out fund requests for scientific meetings and poster/oral presentations at scientific meetings and universities


  1. Prior Funding. What funding have you received and what was the outcome of those funds? Please, list any grant you have received from any source. While there is no page limit on this section, please keep outcomes to one paragraph each.
  2. Literature Cited. No more than one page.
  3. Letters from Collaborators. Letters should indicate their role on the project.
  4. Curriculum Vitae. Provide an abbreviated CV for each professional who is significantly involved in the project. Each CV should be limited to 2 pages, and contain the following sections:
  5. a. Professional Position b.   • Relevant Publications
  6. c. Relevant Funding (intramural and extramural)
  7. • Synergistic Activities (e.g., previous student involvement and presentations)


D . A pplication S c h e d u le


  1. August 25th, 2017: Invitation to faculty and students for the submission of mini-grant proposals
  2. November 3rd, 2017: Proposals submission due (submitted to the Assistant Dean of Research)
  3. December 4st, 2017: Research Committee provides recommendations to the Assistant Dean of Research
  4. December 18th, 2017: The Assistant Dean of Research announces grant-funding decisions
  5. January 2nd, 2018: Grant fund accounts will be available.


E . Proposal Review:


The COM Research Committee will review all Mini-Grant proposals. In special cases, the Chair of the Research Committee may appoint additional ad hoc reviewers with appropriate expertise among COM faculty members. Any members with direct interest in a proposal will recuse themselves from consideration of that proposal to avoid a real or perceived conflict. Any applicant may submit name(s) of Research Committee member(s) who may be in conflict and request that they be excluded from the review of their proposal. Although applications requiring Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Review Board (IRB), or Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) will be reviewed without prior approval, funding will not be awarded without a written approval (or exemption) from the appropriate oversight committees. The Research Committee will group applications into three main areas: (1) clinical sciences, (2) basic sciences, and (3) education sciences. Then, the Research Committee will score applications within those groupings based on a Review Criteria sheet using a 1-9 scale as follows:

























Very Good





Awards will be based on the Research Committee’s ranking of the proposals. The Research Committee will assess proposal budgets and determine the amount of funding accordingly for each project meeting the criteria. The total amount will depend on whether the proposal involves laboratory experiments or not, and whether the project involves students and how many students. The Research Committee will forward a ranked list of all proposals to the Assistant Dean of Research.


  1. F. Fi n a l Report a n d P res en t a t i on :


Grantees must submit a written report to the Chair of the Research Committee by September of the following fiscal year. This report will include:

  1. Overview. What was the project about and how much money was awarded?
  2. Budget. A detailed summary of how the money was spent
  3. Goals. Whether and how the objectives stated in the proposal were met
  4. Dissemination. How results will be disseminated. Results will be shared with the faculty and students from our University through a seminar (e.g., on a Research Day) or similar presentations at scientific meetings or Universities.
  5. Future Funding. If appropriate, provide faculty member’s plans for external funding.


G . Application Checklist:


Please be sure all of the following are included in your application:


  • Fully completed Facepage (please use attached format)
  • Narrative (Sections 2-5 cannot exceed 4 pages)
  • Fully completed budget sheet
  • Budget Justification (cannot exceed 1 page)
  • Prior funding (one paragraph each; as applicable)
  • Literature Cited (cannot exceed one page)
  • Letters from collaborators (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae (limited to 2 pages each)


Mini-Grants FACEPAGE



Title of Project:

Principal Investigator Information:

Co-Investigator(s) Information

(if applicable):

Student(s) Information

(if applicable):


Name of First Co-Investigator

Name of First Student



Name of Second Student


Department and College:

Name of Third Student


Name of Second Co-Investigator:






Department and College:







Please select one area under which you are applying:

o Clinical Sciences

o       Basic Sciences

o Education Sciences



Application will be considered signed when it is submitted from the PI’s CNU email address.

Supervisor MUST be copied (cc:ed) on submission to serve as notification in lieu of signature.

Please submit application to the Assistant Dean of Research




Title of Project:

Principal Investigator


Mini-Grant Request














Supplies, drugs, reagents, etc. (please identify each line)






























Local and international travel









Hotels, food, etc.



Conferences/registration fees









Contractual costs



















Put the dollar amount requested under the mini-grant in that column. For contractual costs, please identify the type of study and the name of the person or organization involved. On a separate sheet, please justify all costs identified here. Include also details about travel (where, for what, how long, etc.), and other details explaining any other requested portion of the budget.


57th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition

Research opportunities now available

Do you know an underrepresented minority medical student who is interested in research and might specialize in hematology? Through ASH’s Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) the Society provides valuable career development awards to support the participation of underrepresented minorities in hematology-related fields. Program participants conduct hands-on research in a cutting-edge facility with some of the top hematologists in the country and receive guidance from ASH member career-development mentors. Additional funds are provided for travel to the ASH annual meeting.

ASH is currently accepting applications for the following MRI awards:

Minority Medical Student Award Program

This award is designed to introduce medical students to hematology and hematology research and provides a $5,000 - $32,000 stipend. Awardees have the option to conduct their research project during the summer, over the course of a year, or full-time.
Learn more about Minority Medical Student Award Program

Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

This award is designed to support residents who are conducting hematology research. The program aims to increase interest in hematology research and selection of hematology for fellowship. Awardees receive a $5,000 stipend to conduct their research project over the course of a year.
More about Minority Resident Hematology Award Program

Please pass this information along to students and encourage them to apply.

Learn more ASH medical student awards:

View other ASH awards designed for all aspiring hematologists in medical school and residency.
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Mark your Calendars for Upcoming Grant Deadlines:

September 6, 2017: Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

The Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) provide $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the early years of faculty service. These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/mathematical/computational/engineering sciences whose work addresses biological questions.

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September 28, 2017: Physician-Scientist Institutional Program

This is a five-month planning grant (up to $30,000) to focus on developing a full proposal for submission to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to create programs to increase the number M.D.’s who enter careers in research.

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October 3, 2017: Career Awards for Medical Scientists

The Career Awards for Medical Scientists provide $700,000 over five years for physician-scientists to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. This award addresses the on-going problem of increasing the number of physician scientists and will help facilitate the transition to a career in research.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund | 21 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 | P: 919-991-5100


Beckman Young Investigators Grants for Life Sciences Research on Trialect

We have a posting on Trialect<> soliciting the Letter of Intent for The Beckman Young Investigator (BYI) Program. BYI Program provides research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the life sciences. Projects are normally funded for a period of four years. Grants are in the range of $600,000 over the term of the project. Last year, the awards went to the investigators from University of New Mexico, Cornell University, University of Washington, Montana State University, University of California Los Angeles, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, etc. As the deadline for LOI is 2 weeks away, we are reaching out to see if your junior faculty would be interested. The details can be perused at : Beckman Young Investigators Grants<>


2017 UCLA Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program

The UCLA Department of Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) provides financial support to senior U.S. medical students who self-identify as being members of groups underrepresented in medicine, and who are interested in applying to UCLA for a senior clinical elective. The goal of the program is to expose traditionally underrepresented senior medical students from institutions outside of the Los Angeles region to clinical training in our academic pediatrics program, and to learn more about the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at UCLA. Benefits of the program include…

  • Financial support for travel, housing and living expenses, up to $2,000 for each recipient.

  • A faculty mentor will be assigned to each scholarship awardee, with the expectation that the mentor and awardee will meet at least once during the course of the elective period to discuss residency training and other career opportunities at UCLA.

  • The program will host a networking event for scholarship recipients to meet residents and faculty from the UCLA Department of Pediatrics.

  • Additional meetings with UCLA faculty will be arranged at the request of the student. For example, students interested in Ph.D. training may wish to meet with Division Chairs in relevant areas of research.

Applications are being accepted now through October 2017 for electives in the June through December 2017 time window.  For more information on the program and application requirements, please contact Stella Tripp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or visit our website


 Program to support COM students in presenting posters at scientific meetings


This program is designed to support COM students that are planning to present posters (or oral presentations) at scientific meetings. This program is not for faculty presenting posters/oral presentations. The COM already has a faculty development program to support faculty activities.


These are the basic principles for the application:

  • A maximum of $100 for trip and meeting expenses can be requested. Please, fill in the attached forms for the respective request and reimbursement.
  • For this cycle, the COM can support students for a maximum of $1,000.
  • The deadline for this cycle is June 30th, 2017.
  • You must be co-author of the presentation (poster or oral) to apply
  • The poster or oral presentation must include our institution, CNUCOM
  • Only one student can apply per presentation (poster or oral)
  • The same student cannot apply twice during this cycle
  • Students under the Mini-Grant Program cannot apply
  • Students that already have a research scholarship cannot apply


The COM hopes to continue this program during the next cycle, beginning on July 1st, 2017.


Hugo Arias, PhD

Assistant Dean of Research



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