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Calls for funding

The Collaborative between Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) and The University of Manchester are accepting applications for pilot grants intended to stimulate team science collaboration between the two dental schools. The application can be in any area of science (basic, clinical, public health), but must involve at least one investigator from each institution. Up to $10,000 USD may be requested. The submission deadline is December 4, 2017.

Key Dates:

  • Release Date: September 7, 2107
  • Application Deadline: December 4, 2017
  • Scientific Merit Review: December 5, 2017 - January 8, 2018
  • Funding Decision Date: January 9, 2018
  • Earliest Start Date: February 1, 2018


Funding Objectives:  To foster innovative research across teams of researchers at BUGSDM and The University of Manchester Division of Dentistry.

Eligibility:  Investigators must have a primary, full-time faculty appointment at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Medicine or The University of Manchester Division of Dentistry. 

Regulatory Approval: No funds will be disbursed until all relevant FINAL approvals such as IRB, IACUC, and IBC are obtained; thus, it is recommended that applicants begin the process of seeking approvals as early as possible. If awarded, applicants will have 4 months from the initial funding start date (i.e., deadline of April 1, 2018) to obtain final approvals of regulatory protocols, or risk rescindment of award.

Review Process and Criteria: Applications will be meritoriously reviewed by the BUGSDM and University of Manchester Collaborative steering committee and faculty with relevant expertise analogous to the NIH review process (with focus upon Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Investigators). All applications will be reviewed and ranked for funding priority. Specific review criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • Significance of the work in terms of potential health impact
  • Scientific rigor and novelty of the proposed approach
  • Collaboration between schools
  • High potential for impact in the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human health conditions in broad terms.
  • Likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent external funding and/or commercial development
  • Likelihood the project will lead to a high impact publication
  • Qualification of the research team
  • Likelihood that the project can be completed within the budget period noted above


Application Structure: Applications are limited to three, single spaced pages (not including figures, tables, budget, budget justification, citations and investigator biosketches). The following headings should be included in the 3 page application:  Background/Rationale, Specific Aims, Innovation, Measures, Analysis, and Enhancement of the GSDM-UoM collaboration.

How to submit your application: Register and log in to the online application system here: 
https://colab-mimit.fluidreview.com Select 'GSDM/UoM Collaborative Applicants' to complete a short form on the administrative details of your application and to upload your 3 page application (see above for the application structure required).

Progress Reports: If funded, the awardee agrees to submit an online report after the end of the award term indicating key results and any publications, grant applications, funded awards that resulted from the project, new collaborations, and other outcomes. Any follow-up funding depends on prompt and accurate progress reports.

Where to Send Inquiries: We encourage inquiries concerning this RFA and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Direct your questions to:

Committee Chair(s):

Belinda Borrelli, PhD & Ann Marie Glenny, PhD

Administrative Contact:

Lisa Collins