Instructions for the Core Award Program
Applications may be submitted at any time. The proposal must be a
research project that utilizes CNR core facilities or the Tufts
Molecular Facility. The budget for proposed research is
limited to $3,000 and funds may be used only for core services and related supplies expenses (up to 20% of the budget). All
proposals must be submitted electronically as word or pdf files to
The proposal format must conform to the guidelines described below:
- Length: a total of 2 pages,
including a project summary of 200 words or less and the main body
of the proposal with all figures and tables (2 pages max for
- Type Font: 12 point; type
density no more than 15 characters per inch
- Margins: minimum of 0.5-inch
for all margins
You are encouraged to
include figures in addition to text, but figures must be within the
Presentation of data from preliminary studies is not a
requirement. However, for the proposal to be competitive, investigators
must justify the proposed research plan and the proposed core usage as
well as indicating how generation of a particular preliminary dataset
will strengthen an application for NIH funding. Only completely novel
methods need be briefly described. Please address the following items in
Description: Provide a 150-200-word summary of the
proposed research stating the expected CNR core usage.
Background: Provide a brief statement of the ideas
and reasoning behind the proposed work. Cite relevant literature
references (not part of the two-page limit).
Need for Preliminary Data: Describe how the
preliminary data collected using the requested funds will facilitate
a new NIH grant application.
Objectives: State concisely the project’s specific
aims and research strategy.
Core Usage: State concisely the intended usage of
the CNR Core Service or the Tufts Molecular Facility mass spec
Budget: Indicate a budget for the proposed work (may exceed
the CNR award is limited to $3000).
References: Cite complete references in one page or
less. These are not considered part of the 2-page proposal limit.
Include NIH-style biosketches for participating investigators.