Research Development Grant Program

Research grants are awarded to stimulate the development and submission of major multidisciplinary research proposals from investigators in the life sciences to government or private agencies.

KCALSI’s approach for achieving this goal is to support research development grants capable of generating critical preliminary data needed to develop competitive proposals for submission to external agencies. Awards are limited to $25,000 – $50,000 for one year and are intended to exploit investigator and facility strengths leading to highly competitive proposals directed toward future external funding. The specified areas of research and the number of awards is determined by funding sources.

Our Request for Proposals process is designed to solicit high quality proposals in specified areas of scientific research and is modeled after that used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The process provides a fair and thorough scientific review by peers, who are expert in the specified area of research.  The reviews from submitted Full Proposals are provided to investigators, regardless of whether they are selected for funding, and are used by them to refine future grant proposals.

Awards are limited to $25,000 – $50,000 for one year and are intended to exploit investigator and facility strengths leading to highly competitive proposals directed toward future external funding.  The number of awards is subject to available KCALSI funds.

Several programs have targeted specific research areas when the Institute secures adequate funding, including:

RETURN FROM GRANTS:

For the 2006 – 2010 period, we awarded 40 grants ($1.4M total), which led to:

  • $10.3M in additional grants
  • $4.3M in pending grant applications
  • 67 national and international presentations
  • 39 peer-reviewed publications

Based on national statistics, this $1.4M in grants that we provided, as well as the subsequent $10.3M in grants successfully obtained by investigators that we funded, translates into:

  • $24.1M in a multiplier of economic activity in other areas beyond life sciences
  • 208 jobs in life sciences and total wages of $8.1M

ACTIVE PROGRAMS:

Blue KC Outcomes Research Grants Grants awarded under this funding mechanism are applied research projects that improve the quality of the healthcare process, reduce healthcare costs, improve effectiveness, efficiency or efficacy of some aspect of the healthcare process, and/or improve access to healthcare.

Patton Trust Research Development Grant Program  – This funding mechanism specifically focuses on the genetic basis of diseases that predominately affect children and do not require inter-institutional collaborations.

INACTIVE PROGRAMS:

Comparative Medicine Grant Program (2007-2010) – serves to stimulate greater collaboration between animal health/nutrition companies and academic researchers.  Proposals are invited for collaborative research development grants in comparative medicine with good probability for moving a product, process, and/or medical device toward commercialization.

General Development Grant Program (2001-2008) – Proposals are invited for multidisciplinary collaborative research development grants in cardiovascular disease, comparative medicine, neuroscience, oncology, and technology applied to biological problems.  Additionally, crosscutting enabling technologies have been identified for support including proteomics, information technology/bioinformatics and imaging.

TEVA Neuroscience Development Grants (2006-2008) – serves to stimulate the development and submission of major neuroscience research proposals focused on novel methodologies, targets for drug development, and/or chemical compounds active in the CNS.