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The ITHS offers Academic-Community Partnership Awards to jump-start partnerships between academic and community investigators in new projects that investigate a community-based health problem, disseminate evidence-based health innovations into practice, target health promotion or prevention, or examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings. The award offers community organizations, whether primarily health-related or not, opportunities to initiate and help organize and lead biomedical research projects addressing important health needs that they identify in the communities that they serve. We especially encourage applications for projects that test interventions or innovations to improve health in community clinical settings.
This pilot award will provide up to $50,000 toward specific project-related milestones in total costs for 1 year. No-cost extensions are not permitted.
The following key dates apply to this funding opportunity:
Reviewers for Academic-Community Partnerships will focus on 7 primary questions. 1) To what extent does the application propose a true partnership in which both an academic investigator and a community organization at all levels (i.e., leadership and representatives of research subjects) are involved in the concept, design and conduct of the study? 2) How significant is the research topic in the specific community that will participate in the project? 3) To what extend will the project test interventions or innovations to improve health in a community setting. 4) How significant is the research topic in communities other than the one involved in the project? 5) To what extent will the project generate new generalizable knowledge and scalable approaches toward improving community health both in the short term and the longer term? 6) To what extent is it likely that the partnership could continue beyond the term of the award? 7) To what extent has the pilot project been designed to provide critical data or results to be used in a subsequent application for NIH support or other external funding?
Applications are investigator-initiated grants with community partners as co-investigators or subcontractors. Faculty members at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and other collaborating institutions affiliated with ITHS in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) are eligible to apply for this pilot award. Collaborations may extend outside the WWAMI region; however, funds may not be transferred outside the United States. ITHS-funded faculty (those who receive salary or stipends from ITHS) and staff members are ineligible to apply. An acting faculty member or instructor is eligible to apply only if the Department head provides a letter supporting the applicant’s eligibility to serve as a PI.
All Investigators on the research team must be ITHS Members to apply. To become a member, please complete the ITHS Membership Form.
The letter of intent form must be submitted through the ITHS website before submission of the application. The form includes information on the applicant and any Co-Investigators, project title, and abstract addressing the 5 questions (up to 200 words each). Investigators who are invited to submit a full application will receive notice within 3 weeks of the letter of intent deadline.
The application must be submitted through the ITHS website.
Applications will follow National Institutes of Health (NIH) formatting guidelines (see FAQ) and include:138 KB1) Cover Page
Suggested Reviewers – You will also be asked to provide five suggested reviewers, including the following information for each: 1) Name, 2) Title, 3) Institution/Organization, and 4) Email Address. Reviewers are not required to be within the University of Washington.
A general note about conflict of interest: A reviewer would have a conflict of interest if they are the applicant’s mentor, dept. chair, spouse, or close relative; or if they currently work together on manuscripts, grants, or business ventures. Simply being in the same department or division is not, in and of itself, a conflict of interest.
ITHS is funded through a CTSA grant from NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). NCATS requires the review and approval of all pilot grants involving human subjects research before funds are released. Therefore, if your proposal is awarded funding and involves human subjects research, additional documentation will be required. NCATS review and IRB review can be concurrent, but final NCATS approval is contingent upon IRB approval.
Applicant institutions must use a rate no higher than the approved, federally recognized indirect cost rate negotiated between the applicant institution and the federal government. ITHS would like to maximize funds to directly support the investigator’s research and encourages investigators to work with their Office of Sponsored Programs to obtain a waiver to reduce indirect costs on the project.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s have agreed to consider requests for indirect cost waivers for ITHS pilot awards from their faculty. ITHS members whose research program are based at Fred Hutch or Seattle Children’s and who wish to apply for ITHS pilot awards are required to go through the standard institutional procedure for requesting a waiver of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs.
No. A reviewer may come from any academic institution, community-based organization, or industry leader. A general note about conflict of interest: A reviewer would have a conflict of interest if they are the applicant’s mentor, department chair, spouse, or close relative; or if they currently work together on manuscripts, grants, community-based work, or business ventures. Simply being in the same department or Division is not, in and of itself, a conflict of interest.
No, this is an internal grant and does not need to be routed through OSP and does not require an eGC1.
Figures DO count toward the 2-page limit, but references can be in addition to the 2-page Research Plan.
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:
No, only faculty-level investigators are eligible to apply as the main, or Contact PI.
Yes, however the main, or Contact PI must be a faculty member at an academic institution.
The ITHS has established relationships with the following community-based groups:
For more information, contact Laurie Hassell.
ITHS requires the applicant to designate one of the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI)(s) as the Contact PD/PI. This person is responsible for communication between the PD/PIs and ITHS, but has no special authorities or responsibilities within the project team. In many ways, a contact PD/PI is analogous to a corresponding author on a publication. The Contact PD/PI must serve as a member of the PD/PI team and must meet all eligibility requirements for PD/PI status. In those projects where there is an identified project coordinator, the coordinator could serve as Contact PD/PI or that role could be assigned to another PD/PI. Note that the Contact PD/PI must be associated with the applicant/awardee institution.
ITHS will follow NIH Policy: Each PD/PI must have measurable effort (greater than zero), and the level of effort must be adequate to achieve the proposed goals. The PD/PI and other individuals who contribute to the scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, regardless of whether they receive salaries or compensation under the grant. These individuals typically have doctoral or other professional degrees, although individuals at the masters or baccalaureate level may be considered senior/key personnel if their involvement meets this definition. Consultants and those with a postdoctoral role also may be considered senior/key personnel if they meet this definition. Senior/key personnel must devote measurable effort to the project regardless of whether salaries or compensation are requested. “Zero percent” effort or “as needed” are not acceptable levels of involvement for those designated as Senior/Key Personnel.
Yes, you may have more than 2 PIs, however 1 person will be identified as the Contact PI for administrative purposes.
Yes, previous ITHS awardees are eligible to receive this award.
Yes, these funds come from the NIH through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Therefore, the NIH salary cap does apply for all PDs/PIs and key personnel funded by the award.
No, funds cannot be dispersed until IRB/IACUC approval is confirmed. Applicants will have the opportunity to provide Just-in-Time approvals prior to the start date.
For information regarding ITHS pilot programs, please contact Lindsie Boerger. Email her through the form below.
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