Center Core Activities
The Administrative Core of the center provides
resources for grant and fiscal administration as well as
coordinating the activities of CNR core facilities and personnel. Operational issues
related to grant funding, billing for core services,
monthly meetings of the steering committee,
maintenance of a core research database, and publication of the CNR
newsletter are coordinated through the administrative office. As
described below, the Administrative Core also supervises the CNR
Pilot Project Program.
Pilot Project Program
The Tufts Center for Neuroscience Research (CNR) has made
pilot grant awards for several years to support collaborative
research projects among Tufts Neuroscience faculty. The goal of the
existing pilot grant program is to provide funds to facilitate
research collaborations between neuroscientists and to allow
neuroscience investigators the opportunity to gather preliminary
data needed for a collaborative NIH grant submission. We offer both
annual pilot grants and core grants (see below).
Annual CNR Pilot Grant Program
We will continue to administer the existing CNR pilot grant
program, which is made possible by generous contributions from the Vice
Provost’s office and the medical school dean. These collaborative grants
support the work of two or more Tufts Neuroscience faculty (tenure or tenure-track) who wish to
collect preliminary data for a new grant application. The awards are
made on an annual basis and we now call for applications for the eighth round of pilot
award funding. Please click
here for proposal instructions and application procedure.
The CNR will not be funding Pilot Awards for the 2013-2014 academic year.
We will continue to accept Core Award proposals throughout the year as usual (see below).
The Pilot Award Program is anticipated to continue in the future - stay tuned!
Another CNR Funding Mechanism: the CNR Core
The CNR Core Award is designed to encourage neuroscience investigators to utilize core services of the center.
The program will offer small awards to individual neuroscientists or groups of neuroscientists wishing to collect preliminary data for a new grant
application. Applications use a format similar to the one employed for the annual pilot awards; however, awards for the core program are limited to
$3000 and the funds must be spent within CNR core facilities or in the Tufts Molecular Facility within a six-month period of time. Applications
must indicate how the award will facilitate the collection of preliminary data for a new grant application. Interested neuroscientists may submit an
application at any time, which will be reviewed by the CNR operations committee in an expedited manner. To submit a core award
application, please follow the instructions at
published on a biannual basis, keeps you up-to-date on the
Center's announcements, plans, resources and services, personnel
changes, and core activities. You can also see past issues
of the Newsletter on the Archives page.