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Grants to New Jersey IHEs, Hospitals, Nonprofits, and
Agencies for Innovative Research on Spinal Cord Injuries

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New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research (NJCSCR)

Deadline Date:

12/10/18 3:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to New Jersey IHEs, hospitals, nonprofits, state agencies, and research organizations for innovative research on spinal cord injuries. Funding is intended to foster advancement in the field, to facilitate the application of the new ideas, to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, to nurture young scientists entering the field, and to disseminate the latest developments.

Program Objectives:

The NJCSCR is committed to accelerating research to develop effective interventions and cures for paralysis and other consequences of spinal cord injury and disease. Its primary objectives are:
- To advance the field of spinal cord repair and regeneration and the New Jersey research community by encouraging established scientists to apply their expertise to the spinal cord.
- To facilitate the application of innovative ideas from other areas of science to the challenges of spinal cord injury repair.
- To foster collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to spinal cord research.
- To nurture the next generation of spinal cord researchers through support of young scientists and postdoctoral fellows.
- To prevent or treat secondary biological conditions resulting from spinal cord injury.
- To promote dissemination of the research findings generated by those scientists supported by the NJCSCR.

NJCSCR awards are intended to promote innovative, groundbreaking research, not to provide long-term support. Grantees are eligible to apply for funding for additional research projects, but all applications will be reviewed competitively.

Funding Priorities:

The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research will fund research activities that hold promise of developing effective interventions and cures for paralysis and other consequences of spinal cord injury and disease. The areas of research listed below highlight the focus of current NJCSCR emphasis and funding:
- Studying strategies to promote neuronal growth and survival, encourage the formation of synapses, enhance appropriate myelination, restore axonal conduction, replace injured cells, or otherwise improve function after spinal cord injury.
- Evaluating efficacy of drugs and other interventions that prevent or reduce secondary neuronal injury or providing insight into the mechanisms causing progressive damage.
- Defining anatomical characteristics of spinal cord injury or disease in well-defined animal models and in the human spinal cord, specifically documenting the cellular systems vulnerable to injury or disease and the functional losses which occur as a result thereof.
- Elucidating biological or physical mechanisms underlying approaches to improve functions compromised by spinal cord injury, e.g., bladder, bowel and sexual function, and alleviate chronic pain, spasticity, and severe hypertension.
- Developing strategies to prevent or treat secondary complications arising from injury or disease to the spinal cord.
- Developing innovative restorative rehabilitation strategies to promote recovery of biological function.
- Translating basic and pre-clinical findings into clinical application.
- Supporting the investigation of promising new approaches.

The NJCSCR offers four types of grant awards: Exploratory Research Grants, Individual Research Grants, Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowship Grants, and Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Training Travel Grants.

Exploratory Research Grant Awards:

The purpose of the Exploratory Research Grant award is to enable independent investigators to apply their specific expertise to spinal cord research. The award is designed to provide the resources necessary to acquire preliminary data that will allow the successful applicant to obtain continued support from the NJCSCR, NIH, and/or other funding agencies. It is specifically intended to facilitate the application of innovative ideas from other areas of science to the challenges of spinal cord injury and repair.

In addition to scientific merit and relevance, consideration will be given to collaborative proposals that are inter-institutional and/or inter-state in nature. Priority will also be given to investigators outside the field who bring their expertise into spinal cord injury research. Successful applicants will have familiarized themselves with state-of-the-art knowledge necessary to put the proposed study into the appropriate spinal cord context.

In the field of spinal cord injury research, as elsewhere in the biomedical sciences, a constant infusion of new ideas, techniques, and points of view is essential to maintain its vitality, foster discovery and stimulate innovation. Inherent in the concept of innovation is the departure from current thinking or practice. Innovative projects are unlikely to be supported by substantial preliminary data, and for that and other reasons will necessarily be more speculative than conventional projects. These are high-risk, high reward projects that may lead to breakthroughs, the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models or applications, or other insights that could have major impact on the field of spinal cord injury research.

The Exploratory Research Grant Program is intended to provide support for the early and conceptual stages of such investigations. Through the use of the Exploratory Research Grant Program, the NJCSCR will encourage the pursuit of novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance spinal cord injury research and open new areas of inquiry.

Individual Research Grant Awards:

The NJCSCR will fund research activities that hold the promise of developing effective interventions and cures for paralysis and other consequences of spinal cord injury disease. All qualifying institutions in the State of New Jersey may apply. Individual Research Grant awards will be awarded to independent investigators with a record of productivity, a demonstrated commitment to spinal cord research, and only for projects that will address significant questions that will advance knowledge in the field. Applicants are encouraged to apply for a one - three - year award.

The goals of this program are (1) to encourage independent investigators to undertake research on spinal cord regeneration, recovery and rehabilitation; (2) to encourage scientists who are well-established in other areas to transfer their efforts to spinal cord research; and (3) enable researchers with novel scientific and clinical ideas to test them and develop pilot data needed to seek larger awards from the National Institutes of Health, and other funding sources.

Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Fellowship Grants Awards:

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Candidates of outstanding quality must hold a Ph.D., and/or M.D., or equivalent graduate degree. Appropriate degrees must be awarded prior to activation of award. Candidates must be accepted for postdoctoral training under the supervision of an appropriate mentor at a qualifying academic research institution in New Jersey. A candidate may not apply for a NJCSCR Postdoctoral Fellowship and a NJCSCR Individual Research grant in the same grant cycle. If a first-year fellow applies for and is awarded a NJCSCR Individual Research Grant, funding will be contingent upon cancellation of the second year of the fellowship. Non-research activities, such as teaching, may not occupy more than 10% of the fellow's time. Second and third year Postdoctoral Fellowship funding is contingent upon the availability of funds and upon the submission and successful review of a Progress Report and a recommendation from the mentor. The Progress Report must be favorably reviewed by an independent scientific merit review panel and recommended to the NJCSCR for continued funding.

Graduate Student Fellowships: Applicants must be full-time graduate students in residence in a proposed course of study directly related to regeneration and repair of the damaged spinal cord. Students must begin study in the semester following activation unless special permission is received prior to activation date. The NJCSCR prefers to support graduate student candidates who have completed the first year of graduate study and are concentrating on research projects at least 80% of their time. Applicants may serve as teaching assistants while holding a NJCSCR Graduate Student Fellowship without special permission. Second–year Graduate Student Fellowship funding is contingent upon the availability of funds and upon the submission and successful review of a Progress Report and a recommendation from the mentor. The Progress Report must be favorably reviewed by an independent scientific merit review panel and recommended to the NJCSCR for continued funding.

Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Training Travel Grant Awards:

Applicants may select from 1) a spinal cord injury techniques training course of their own choosing at an approved university/institution that has the necessary experience and expertise to offer instruction and training in spinal cord injury techniques, or 2) choose to attend a course located at either Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, or at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke sponsored Spinal Cord Injury Research Training Program held at Ohio State University.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184764

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,100,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Exploratory Research Grant Awards: Maximum funding is up to $100,000 per year.

- Individual Research Grant Awards: Maximum funding is up to $200,000 per year. The NJCSCR will make available up to $4,000 for a grantee to attend a spinal cord injury techniques course.

- Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant Awards: $50,000 per annum. They provide an annual stipend of $36,000, a research allowance of $13,000, and a travel budget of $1,000.

- Graduate Student Fellowship Grant Awards: $30,000 per annum. They provide an annual stipend of $25,000, a research allowance of $4,000, and a travel budget of $1,000.

- Spinal Cord Injury Techniques Training Travel Grant Awards: Up to $4,000 to participate in a spinal cord injury techniques training course.

Term of Contract:

SCI Techniques Training Grant: 3/1/19 through 2/29/20
Exploratory Research Grant: 5/1/19 through 4/30/21
Individual Research Grant: 5/1/19 through 4/30/22
Fellowship Grant: 5/1/19 through 4/30/22

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualifying Institutions: For the purpose of all NJCSCR grants, a qualifying institution is defined as any academic institution, research organization, public or private institution or other entity, located in the State of New Jersey, with a demonstrated capability to conduct grant funded research, and specifically approved by the vote of the Commission, but in no case can an individual be a qualifying research institution.

The following researchers are eligible to submit proposals to the NJCSCR for research grant awards. All applicants, organizations/institutions must be located within the State of New Jersey.
- Ph.D., M.D., or other such professionals.
- Independent investigators at any stage of professional development.
- Postdoctoral fellows, Graduate fellows.
- Established investigators new to the field of spinal cord injury research.
- Young Investigators (five years’ post-completion of formal training).

Collaborations between basic research scientists and clinicians with spinal cord injury experience are encouraged. Young investigators are encouraged to partner with established investigators to nurture their scientific growth.

All applicants including Principal Investigators and organizations/institutions are encouraged to collaborate with other New Jersey-based researchers as well as with researchers located out-of-state, or out of the country. Senior scientists, young investigators, postdoctoral and graduate fellows may serve as Principal Investigator. If the applicant is a fellow, he/she must submit a letter of support from the laboratory's senior scientist, as well as two other appropriate letters of reference.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Grant Cycle:
Grant Application Deadline: 3:00 PM - December 10, 2018
Award Notification Date: April 30, 2019

For Spinal Cord Injury Techniques, Training Travel Grants Only:
Grant Application Deadline: 3:00 PM - December 10, 2018
Award Notification Date: February 28, 2019

Using Online Grant Applications:
https://www.nj.gov/health/spinalcord/grant-information/using-online-appplications/

Becoming a Qualified Research Institution:
https://www.nj.gov/health/spinalcord/grant-information/becoming-qualified/

Grant Tutorials:
https://www.nj.gov/health/spinalcord/grant-information/grant-tutorials/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and Apply Online:
http://www.sage.nj.gov/

Christine Traynor
(609) 292-4055
njcscr@doh.nj.gov

New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research
New Jersey Department of Health
225 East State Street, 2nd Floor West
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Funding or Pin Number:

CSCR19ERG, CSCR19IRG, CSCR19FEL, CSCR19TTT

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey