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Internal Funding Opportunities

Research Seed Grant Funding (RSG)

The goal of the RSG program is to assist faculty in generating preliminary data that can be used to support applications for extramural funding. Collaborations that are inter-disciplinary or bridge departments or campuses are viewed as strengths of applications. RSG awards are available to faculty at both Carbondale and Springfield campuses through the office of the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs (ADRFA) and are evaluated for funding by the GRC. There are two RSG funding mechanisms: RSG Regular funding (see Section I) and RSG Near-Miss funding (see Section II). The regular RSG funding is intended to develop grant-writing skills, and hence the competitiveness of faculty who are not highly experienced at writing grant proposals. New and clinical investigators can submit their applications in advance of the regular application date and receive a critique that can be used to refine and improve the final application. The RSG Near-Miss funding is available annually to those who have applied for external funding but were not funded. For this program, a sub-committee of externally funded faculty reviews all applications and ranks proposals based on the likelihood that the recipient will use the funds to generate preliminary data sufficient to address concerns raised in the critique. The ADRFA uses those rankings to determine allocation of funds.


Fall-2015 Research Funding Cycle

The Dean has agreed to support the following two programs:

Patient-Oriented Grant (POG) The goal of the POG program is to promote research projects and collaborations that support any level of the translational research continuum from bench research through clinical research and into application of findings into the community. To be eligible for this funding mechanism, proposals must make use of human subjects, samples, data, or environments.

Team Development Grant (TDG) The goal of the TDG program is to promote new research collaborations with potential translational impact. To qualify as a new team, faculty may not have previously published together as co-authors. Collaborations of clinical and basic science personnel and team members from different departments are particularly encouraged and will be viewed as strengths. All members of the team should have well-defined roles on the project.

The ADRFA will support the following program:

Discovery Science Grant (DSG) The goal of the DSG program is to facilitate the generation and/or analysis of large data sets for purposes of hypothesis generation. This initiative is based on the recognition that NIH study sections often view so-called discovery science as ‘fishing,” whereas in fact many unique discoveries and testable hypotheses can arise from this approach. Because SIUSM does not have a core facility for generating these types of data, SIUSM faculty may be unable to perform these important and potentially paradigm-changing studies. The DSG will allow faculty to submit applications to generate and analyze large data sets (e.g., by procuring samples for and conducting genotyping, microarray analysis, etc.) or to interrogate existing data bases. For this grant, contractual service costs will be therefore be permitted up to a $20,000 maximum (as opposed to the standard RSG maximum of $2,000). The DSG proposal should clearly explain the research question and how the proposed assessment may lead to a novel hypothesis suitable for development of an NIH grant. Attention should be given to sound experimental design and data analysis, including statistical assessments. Collaborations between faculty to generate and use a given data set are encouraged and will be viewed as strengths.

Foundation Awards

Endowments or gifts to the SIU Foundation are available to support research in the following areas. One award is possible in each category, assuming that meritorious applications are received.

  • Nowatski Eye Research gift - the prevention and treatment of eye disease
  • Monjoiner Endowment - schizophrenia
  • Illinois Health Improvement Association Endowment - diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Malan-Harris Endowment - neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease
  • Eskridge bequest - heart disease
  • Simmons Cancer Institute funds - various types of cancer

POG, TSG, DSG, and Foundation Forms 2015