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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
Core Facility Support Awards

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

PI Eligibility:
The Principal Investigator (PI) must have a doctoral degree, including M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., Dr. P.H., D.O., D.V.M., or equivalent, and must reside in Texas during the time the research that is the subject of the grant is conducted.

Institutional Limit: 1
An institution may submit only one application in response to this funding opportunity. For purposes of this RFA, an institution is defined as that component of a university system that has a geographically distinct campus.

Institutional Eligibility:
The applicant must be a Texas-based entity. Any not-for-profit institution that conducts research is eligible to apply for funding under this award mechanism.  The applicant must be a Texas-based entity. Any not-for-profit institution that conducts research is eligible to apply for funding under this award mechanism.  Agrilife, TEES and Research Services is eligible to submit this proposal.

CPRIT will foster cancer research in Texas by providing financial support for a wide variety of projects relevant to cancer research. This 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 (not to exceed 10 percent of the total first-year request), and maintenance/service contracts. 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.


March 4, 2011, 5:00 pm: Deadline for an email of intent, including the names of the PI, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

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March  7, 2011, 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal, including signatures of approval from your department head and college dean, to the Office of Research Development for review by the internal selection committee.

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March 14, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

May 31, 2011: Deadline for the full proposal.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a process to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select applications for Texas A&M submissions.