The ITHS offers Catalyst Awards to provide “just-in-time” resources especially to early career investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application. Investigators can receive a maximum of $5,000 (direct costs only) toward the purchase of supplies or core services not provided by ITHS. If your research includes Human Subjects or Animals, you can apply if your IRB or IACUC is currently approved or exempt.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awardees will be notified of the funding decision about 2 weeks after the application deadline. The period of performance begins 2 months after the application deadline and lasts for 6 months.
|Application Deadline||Awardees Notified||Period of Performance|
|January 1||January 15||March 1-August 30|
|April 1||April 15||June 1-November 30|
|July 1||July 15||September 1-February 28|
|October 1||October 15||December 1-May 30|
Applications should describe a trajectory of past progress, current specific aims and milestones that are feasible within the funding limits. A vision for how attainment of the proposed milestones will enable future work, and the potential scope and impact of future work if the current project is successful.
Early Stage Investigators at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and other academic institutions affiliated with the University of Washington through the ITHS in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region and who meet the NIH definition of an Early Stage Investigator are eligible to apply for this Early Investigator Catalyst Award. Post- doctoral Associates, Fellows, Research Scientists are also eligible to apply. Applications are limited to one per investigator.
All Investigators must be ITHS Members to apply. Membership is free. To become a member, please complete the ITHS Membership Form.
Costs may include materials, supplies and/or services. Catalyst Awards may not be used to pay for personnel salary, benefits, effort, or consultant time. Budget must include anticipated costs – funds cannot be used to reimburse individuals. Indirect costs are not allowed.
The application must be submitted through the ITHS website.
Applications will follow National Institutes of Health (NIH) formatting guidelines (see FAQ) and include:121 KB1) Cover Page
Catalyst awards will be granted on a quarterly basis from a set amount of funding per quarter. Applications will remain open year round but submissions will close for consideration by 5 pm Pacific Daylight Time on submission deadline days. Applications will be reviewed and awardees notified within 2 weeks of the submission deadline. Awards will expire within 6 months of award notification.
University of Washington specific question: Does this award have to go through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)? Is an eGC1 required?
No, this is an internal grant and does not need to be routed through OSP and does not require an eGC1.
Do figures and references count toward the 2-page Research Plan limit?
Figures DO count toward the 2-page limit, but references can be in addition to the 2-page Research Plan.
Are there any formatting requirements?
Applications will follow National Institutes of Health (NIH) formatting guidelines (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/format-attachments.htm), including the following:
Are supplemental documents allowed?
No, supplemental documents are not allowed.
I have previously been awarded funds by the ITHS. Am I still eligible to receive this award?
Yes, previous ITHS awardees are eligible to receive additional funding.
Can the awards be dispersed prior to IRB/IACUC approval to aid the application process?
No, funds cannot be dispersed until IRB/IACUC approval is confirmed.
What types of costs will the award support?
The purpose of this award is to support investigators with the purchase of materials, supplies, and/or service costs. Costs will be paid by ITHS either directly to the vendor or can be reimbursed to the investigator’s institution/department, and must be pre-approved. Items can only be reimbursed if the purchase was made after the award date.
For information regarding ITHS pilot programs, please contact Lindsie Boerger. Email her through the form below.