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Procedures for Review

Procedures for Review

Individual Pilot Projects are typically funded at $30,000 direct costs for a one year period. The budget may include funds for supplies, salary for technical help, and support for use of facilities cores, but all faculty salary is excluded.  All University of Louisville faculty are eligible to apply.


The Pilot Project Program uses the following procedures to solicit, review, and administer grants:

  • A Request for Proposals announcement is distributed to UofL investigators and laboratories via electronic and hardcopy flyer distribution and campus bulletin board postings.
  • Submitted proposals are collected by the Administrative Core and forwarded to Dr. Douglas Darling.
  • Each submission is forwarded to three experts in the appropriate fields for external scientific merit review. The external reviewers are asked to score the grants based on scientific significance, approach, innovation, relationship to Environmental Health Sciences, and likelihood of leading to an R01 application.
  • The Pilot Project Committee is chaired by Dr. Darling and consists of experienced NIH supported UofL faculty chosen for their expertise in environmental biology and related fields. Researchers are included to assure appropriate coverage of the topics included in the submitted proposals, and are screened for conflict of interest. Each application is reviewed by three members of the CEGIB Pilot Project Committee, and ranked in an NIH-style study section meeting of the committee, including consideration of the external reviews and scores. This information is used to make recommendations to the Center Director concerning funding.
  • Projects are funded for one year. The number and amounts awarded each year may vary with the number of meritorious proposals received and the availability of funds. Pilot Project recipients are encouraged to use the CEGIB Facility Cores where they are afforded the same incentives as CEGIB members. 

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