Pilot Project Proposal Instructions and Application
Proposal: Must be a collaborative
research project involving two or more Neuroscience faculty members (tenure or tenure-track) from Tufts
or its affiliated hospitals. Proposed research must
utilize CNR core facilities. The
intent of these pilot awards is to stimulate collaborative research
among CNR investigators and other neuroscientists at Tufts and
its affiliated hospitals that leads to new NIH grant funding (e.g., R01 or program
All proposals must be submitted electronically
as word files to
The proposal must be clear and legible and conform to NIH proposal
format guidelines (see details below):
- Length: a total of 2.5 pages including the
project summary (250 words or less) as well as the main body
of the proposal with all figures and tables (2 pages maximum).
- Type Font: 12 point; Type Density: no more
than 15 characters per inch.
- Spacing: single-spaced between lines of
text, no more than five lines of type within a vertical inch.
- Margins: minimum of 0.5-inch top, bottom,
right and left.
You are encouraged to include figures in addition to text,
but figures must be within the 2.5-page limit. It is the
investigator’s responsibility to clearly articulate the
collaborative nature of the proposed research and how it will
utilize CNR core services. Presentation of data from preliminary
studies is not a requirement. However, for the proposal to be
competitive, investigators must demonstrate a sound rationale
for the collaboration, proposed experiments and proposed CNR
core usage. Only completely novel methods should be described.
Describe the proposed project using the outline provided below:
- Description: Provide a 250-word summary
of the proposed research including the collaborative nature
of the work and stating the expected CNR core usage.
- Background: Provide a brief statement of
the ideas and reasoning behind the proposed work. Describe
previous experience most pertinent to this proposal. Cite
relevant literature references.
- Rationale/Purpose: State the rationale for
the collaboration and the proposed research. Indicate how
preliminary data from the work will be leveraged to apply for
new NIH funding.
- Objectives: State concisely the project’s
specific aims and research strategy.
- Core Usage: State concisely the nature of
CNR core usage.
- Methods: Discuss experimental design and
methods to the extent that they are relevant for understanding
the proposed research.
- References: Cite complete references in
one page or less. These are not considered part of the
2.5-page proposal limit.
NIH-style biosketches for the collaborating P.I.s and any other key
The budget for proposed research is $15,000 - $20,000. A budget request and justification must be submitted. Funds can be used for research supplies, small items
of equipment, and personnel, but not for travel.