This RFA is open to FN Center investigators only. Either the center director or a researcher under the supervision of the center director (“Applicant”) are eligible to apply. Investigators from the Center’sparent institution or affiliated institutions are eligible, however, the center director will be responsible for the conduct of the research and use of funds. If the project will be a multi-center project, a principal investigator from an FN Center should be designated.
FI-NYU will award up to two Fresco clinical research grants. Applications must meet the following criteria:
The Applicant must meet eligibility criteria and apply to conduct research in one of the specified focus areas.
The Applicant must dedicate 15% or more of his or her full-time effort to the research. Applications will be evaluated based on assessment of the following criteria:
- Academic and scientific excellence of the proposed research;
- Alignment of the proposed research to the identified focus area;
- Track record of the research team in completing high-quality, high-impact research, and authorship of well-regarded scientific papers;
- An achievable, rigorous research plan for three years or less that, if successful, will impact clinical care for Parkinson’s disease and will lead to new avenues of clinical and pre-clinical investigation;
- An institutional environment conducive to the proposed research program.Grants will be made as supplemental awards to the Center’s FN award with funds required to be disbursed according to the approved budget. Each grant is $200,000 (USD) and funds will be dispersed on an annual basis to each center subject to continued satisfactory performance as assessed from annual progress reports submitted by the awardee to FI-NYU. The funds can be used to provide salary support as well as support for the awardee’s research supplies, equipment, or other research needs. No indirect costs or overhead will be paid from the grant. The first payment will be sent upon return of the executed grant award agreement. If the proposed work can no longer be carried out by the awardee, such as the departure of a named investigator, FI-NYU reserves the right to require the return of any unpaid grant funds, to be detailed in the grant award agreement. All the funds need to be utilized in Italy exclusively.Awardees will be required to submit annual progress reports and an institutional financial statement to FI-NYU. The annual report must be sufficiently detailed for FI-NYU to assess the progress against milestones, research findings, and use of funds.
- Specific Aims (1 page);
- Background and significance of the proposed work, including its relevance to and potential impact (1-2 pages);
- Detailed explanation of experiments proposed, hypotheses to be tested, and anticipated results (3-4 pages).
Page Limits: 8
- Narrative budget justification (salary support, supplies, equipment, and other expenses);
- Annual budgets.
Page Limits: 2
Applicant and research team
Brief descriptions of the Applicant and members of the research team.
Page Limits: 2
Institutional Support Letter
The institution must provide a statement that includes:
1. Description of research facilities, equipment, resources, and training available to support the proposed research;
2. Approval of the budget.
Page Limits: 2
Applicant CV, including education, research positions, publications, and other relevant professional history
Page Limits: 4
Letters of support
Include any letters of support necessary to strengthen the application. If necessary, such letters should allay reviewer concerns about feasibility, such as regarding access to facilities or ability to meet recruitment goals.
Page Limits: 1 per letter