NIH NIGMS COBRE Phase III Pilot Project Program


"Cardiometabolic Health and Disease"

Application Guidelines (.pdf)

Guidelines updated 8/10/2020

  • Deadline for Proposal Submission: February 15, 2021
  • Award Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Overview of the COBRE Research Pilot Project Program

The Diabetes and Obesity Center (DOC) at the University of Louisville, funded by the NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program, is pleased to announce that funds are available to support Pilot Projects in areas germane to Cardiometabolic Health and Disease.

Two types of applications will be considered for funding: Science Development Grants (Type 1), and Technology Development Grants (Type 2).

Funds available

We plan to fund two Pilot Projects per year. Projects will be funded for the duration of 12 months, with total Direct Costs limited to $75,000/yr. Applicants given priority for funding will be Early Career Faculty (Instructor to Assistant Professor) within the Basic or Clinical Departments in the School of Medicine.

Additionally, mid-career or senior level applicants that are proposing research into cardiometabolic health and disease will be considered for funding, only if the line of inquiry is a significant deviation from previous work. All awarded applications will provide opportunities to pursue innovative avenues in cardiometabolic research and will facilitate the use of the Cores.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be a faculty member (Instructor level or above) at the University of Louisville at the time of award. Applicants eligible for Type 1 proposals are expected to be in a full-time (12 month) term or tenure track position, with at least 50% effort devoted to research.

To be considered for Type 2 applications, applicants should have significant (≥50%) amounts of effort devoted to either Research or Service. To be considered for Type 1 funding, Early Career Faculty Applicants must not have held prior external NIH or other extramural awards as a Principal Investigator.

Mid-career/senior level applicants must not currently hold overlapping NIH funding and their applications must represent a significant deviation from previous work and focus on cardiometabolic research.

Application Procedures

Applications will be solicited once per year and must be received by the deadline for submission. Applicants are encouraged to discuss Pilot Project ideas with the Pilots Program Director (Bradford G. Hill, Ph.D., prior to applying. The full application and NIH Biosketch should be submitted electronically (.pdf) to Dr. Hill.

Applications for a COBRE Pilot Project will follow an NIH style format as outlined in the application guidelines.