Start-up projects are small, short-term feasibility studies for the purpose of developing a strong, highly competitive proposal for our traditional pilot award. The duration of the award is 6 months, with projects ending March 31 – in time for the traditional pilot application due several months later.
For the 2019 cycle, CTSI is offering up to 4 Start-up Awards for up to $12,500 each.
* Proposal will not be considered for funding if any required regulatory, safety, or other ancillary committee approvals are not in place by this date – this includes IRB; IACUC; OCRICC; IBC (biosafety); etc.
** CTSI is supported by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. As such, CTSI is required to submit documentation based on IRB approval for each applicable CTSI project that has been recommended for funding. NCATS requires at least 30-days to review approval requests. To accommodate this timeline, projects that have been recommended for funding will be required to provide additional information within 10-days of the notice of recommendation for award.
*** No-cost extensions and project budget changes will not be allowed; all research expenses must be incurred by March 31, 2020.
The purpose of these funds are to:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Proposals will not be considered for funding if any required regulatory, safety, or other ancillary committee approvals are not in place by May 31, 2019. This includes IRB; IACUC; OCRICC; IBC (biosafety); etc.
Email all final approvals to Renee McCoy by 4:00 p.m. May 31, 2019.
If you have any questions about whether your start-up project qualifies for funds, or have a question about a budget item, please contact: Renee McCoy, CTSI Pilot Award Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-955-2524.
All projects with an MCW PI must be routed through MCW eBridge and must be received by the MCW GCO at least 5 business days before the CTSI submission deadline (see key dates above). Different departments may have different deadlines for obtaining departmental approvals prior to receipt by the GCO. Once the eBridge Funding Proposal has been institutionally approved, the online application form must be completed and submitted via REDCap by the CTSI deadline.
For MU investigators, applications may need to be registered via the routine Proposal Registration process with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) prior to submission. Please contact an ORSP staff member early in your application preparation process to ensure accurate compliance.
For UWM investigators, applications may need to be routed using the WISPER system and approved by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) prior to submission. Please contact an OSP staff member early in your application preparation process to ensure accurate compliance.
For MSOE investigators, please contact Sheku Kamara, Dean of Applied Research, 414-277-7416, email@example.com
The CTSI application process involves submitting an online REDCap application form where you will be required to upload the following documents:
All projects with an MCW PI or Co-PI must be routed through an eBridge Funding Proposal which must be submitted to the MCW GCO by noon on May 8, 2019.
Once the eBridge Funding Proposal has been institutionally approved, the online Start-up REDCap Survey Application must be completed and submitted to CTSI by 5 p.m. May 15, 2019.
For any project involving human subjects research, including human subjects data/specimens, the CTSI must collect and submit to NIH NCATS, at least 30-days prior to funding approval, the below listed documentation, much of which is available from an IRB submission and your grant application. For every applicable pilot project that receives a recommendation for funding, CTSI will request from the PIs documentation for NCATS Prior Approval in accordance with federal requirements.
A limited list of the NCATS Prior Approval requirements is listed below. If a clinical trial is proposed as the Start-up project, multiple additional requirements apply.
Please help to ensure the future of clinical and translational research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and CTSI partner institutions. Cite the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CTSA award any time you use CTSI resources, services, and facilities, or refer to your CTSI-funded pilot study in a presentation or publication using the following language:
The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1TR001436. The content is solely the responsibility of the author(s) and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.
A Start-up project is not subject to the same requirements as the Traditional Pilot Award. However, since a Start-up project is expected to lead to a Traditional Pilot proposal, if your Start-up project does not meet one or more the requirements below, your application should address the specific steps you will take to meet the eligibility requirements for a Traditional Pilot Award proposal.