The ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Award program is designed to provide “just-in-time” resources to 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|
In your proposal, please describe:
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.
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:
Yes, previous ITHS awardees are eligible to receive additional funding.
No, funds cannot be dispersed until IRB/IACUC approval is confirmed.
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.