Foundation / Corporation
Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR)
Grants to Oklahoma principal investigators affiliated with universities, research institutions, or the private industry to support research on adult stem cells. Funding is available for specific research projects, travel and education, enabling technology, and the purchase of shared instrumentation.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has established a new center to promote research in the emerging field of adult stem cell research. Oklahoma universities, research foundations and biotechnology companies are fortunate to have many world-recognized investigators who conduct research with adult stem cells. This new entity will catalyze their work in numerous ways, leverage resources obtainable from traditional funding agencies and help attract additional talent to the State. The overall goal is to build Oklahoma excellence in one of the fastest growing areas of medical research and serve as a trusted resource for public information.
For these purposes, adult human stem cells are defined to include those obtained from umbilical cord blood as well as other adult samples. Studies involving experimental animals and model systems will also be considered. Reprogramming of adult cells for use in tissue regeneration and stem cell based reconstruction are of particular interest as are studies devoted to a better understanding of tissue specific stem cells. These are not inclusive examples, and exciting advances are possible in many areas of adult stem cell research.
Equipment requests should include a manufacturer’s quote and information about users.
Education and Travel Grants:
Requests can be made for support to attend educational opportunities regarding stem cells, participate in courses or train in other laboratories. State in the application if you are an invited speaker and whether other funds are available. Links to web site announcements should be provided, along with exceptional justification for foreign travel. Support will also be considered for “mini-sabbaticals” to learn stem cell technology.
This new category was introduced in 2012. Investigators with ongoing studies may now apply for help in obtaining enabling technology. For example, commercially obtained animal models, monoclonal antibody preparation or genetic assays might propel the work and make Oklahoma scientists more competitive.
OCASCR is aware that there may be other valuable ways to support adult stem cell research and inquiries are welcome. For example, partial salary support might be requested for personnel in core facilities that are heavily used by OCASCR grantees. A successful proposal would have to document need and show how this funding mechanism would be uniquely valuable.
OCASCR only awards shared instrumentation grants. All of the equipment that is bought with OCASCR funds becomes part of the OCASCR Core Facility. A list of the equipment is on the OCASCR website. All OCASCR equipment must be available to all Oklahoma scientists.
GrantWatch ID#: 158057
There is no formal limit but it would be unlikely for a research project to be funded for more than $150,000 in direct costs per year. To date, most awards have averaged around $100,000.
Grants are awarded twice yearly for start dates on July 1 and January 1.
In general, grants have been approved for 1 year. The committee has agreed to consider a longer interval for exceptional projects. That is, scientists that have been funded for stem cell research by OCASCR, NIH, or the NSF can request support for 2 years although that does not guarantee receiving the award for 2 years. If the award is for 2 years, there would be a requirement to report on progress in the interim to ensure continued funding, but no competitive review after the first year.
Any Oklahoma Principal Investigator working with adult stem cells is eligible to apply. Applications from universities, research institutions and private industry are welcome. Thus far, all successful applicants have been experienced PIs. However, the funds might be appropriate for establishing new labs, provided that there is evidence of independence and all criteria listed below are satisfied.
To be eligible to receive an OCASCR grant, the principal investigator must meet the following criteria:
-Hold a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) or equivalent degree (i.e. D.O.);
-Be a professional or faculty member (Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor) at an appropriate educational, medical or research institution; Research track investigators or trainees are not eligible.
-Be qualified to conduct and mentor a program of original research within their own independent laboratory;
-Assume both administrative and financial responsibility for the grant; and
-Have access to institutional resources necessary to conduct the proposed research project.
Grants are awarded twice yearly. The next deadline is August 25, 2017.