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Center Grants

Following are grants available through the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine. For more information, please contact Nick Cekosh.

Sleep and Circadian Kickstarter Grant

The purpose of this grant is to encourage interdisciplinary research in sleep and circadian rhythms within Northwestern University.  These pilot grants are meant to collect data to support applications to outside funding sources (i.e. NIH, foundation, industry) or to respond to grant review critiques that indicate a clear need for preliminary data.  Investigators at all levels are encouraged to apply.  We anticipate funding one award per due date.

 Eligibility Criteria

  • Only Northwestern University Faculty may apply
  • The grant must include sleep and/or circadian components. Also, we strongly encourage including faculty from at least one Division/Department that is different than the PI’s primary Division/Department.
  • One of the investigators must have a background in sleep/circadian science
  • Junior investigators are encouraged to apply to fund a project that can be used to leverage Career Development Awards (K-award or similar grant) or larger research grants (NIH, NSF, DARPA, foundation, industry, etc.)
  • Maximum budget: $10,000
  • Project timeline: 12 months or less
  • Resubmissions of prior applications are eligible
  • Prior awardees must wait 2 years after the completion of a funded project to be eligible for another award.

 Application

  • Applications will be reviewed twice per year.  The due dates are February 28 and September 15 of each year.
  • Applications must include the following*:
  • Cover Letter (1-page max) that includes the following:
    • Title of application
    • Name, Title, Department/Division and Role of all investigators (starting with PI)
    • Response to Prior Review: Yes or No
    • 150 word abstract of project
  • Specific Aims (1/2-page max)
  • Innovation (1/2-page max)
  • Methods & Discussion (2-page max – including figures)
  • NIH biosketches for all investigators
  • Letter(s) of support:
    • All collaborators (required)
    • Mentor (required for junior faculty)
    • Division Chief / Department Chair (optional)
  • Budget & Justification (1-page max)
  • Applications must be written in Arial 11-point font or Times New Roman 12-point font with margins no smaller than .5 inches.
  • *If you are seeking funding for NIH resubmission, also include the following: your NIH summary sheet and a statement (up to one page) of which critiques you intend to address with the pilot data.

All application materials should be sent in a single PDF document to nick.cekosh@northwestern.edu.

 Review

Applications will be reviewed by at least two reviewers and feedback will be given to applicants.  Reviewers will use the NIH rating scale to give priority scores to applications.  Final funding decisions will be made by the CCSM Small Grants Committee and are subject to programmatic and scientific priorities.

Sleep and Circadian Research Mentorship Grant

The purpose of the mentorship grant is to allow medical or graduate students, residents, medical fellows and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to work with a mentor to pursue a small research project (e.g. meta-analysis, secondary data analysis, retrospective chart review, etc.) and receive the guidance of an experienced investigator over the period of 1 year.  We anticipate funding one or two awards per due date.

 Criteria

  • The Mentorship Grant is open to Graduate Students, Medical Students, Residents, Clinical Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Feinberg School of Medicine
  • The mentor should have expertise in sleep and/or circadian science
  • Medical Students working on AOSC projects are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Funds up to $2,500 are available and will be deposited into a Mentor’s PI account.  The funds can be used for: Mentor effort; trainee travel; study supplies; other justifiable expenses as outlined in the budget.
  • Up to three awards will be available annually

 Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed semi-annually.  The due dates are February 28 and September 15 of each year.
  • Applications must include the following:
  • Cover letter (1-page max) ) that includes the following:
    • Title of application
    • Name, Title, Department/Division and Role of mentor
    • Name, type (e.g. postdoctoral fellow) and Department/School of trainee
    • 150 word abstract of project
  • Letter of Support from a Mentor/prospective Mentor (1-page max)
  • Description of your proposed activities (1-page max)
  • Budget & Justification (1-page max)
  • Applications must be written in Arial 11-point font or Times New Roman 12-point font with margins no smaller than .5 inches.
All application materials should be sent in a single PDF document to nick.cekosh@northwestern.edu.

 Review

Applications will be reviewed by at least two reviewers and feedback will be given to applicants.  Reviewers will use the NIH rating scale to give priority scores to applications.  Final funding decisions will be made by the CCSM Small Grants Committee and are subject to programmatic and scientific priorities.

Undergraduate Summer Scholarship

The purpose of the Undergraduate Summer Scholarship is to allow a NU undergraduate interested in Sleep and Circadian Research the opportunity to gain experience during the Summer Term by working with faculty on various research projects. We anticipate funding one award each summer.

 Criteria

  • The Undergraduate Summer Scholarship is open to all NU Undergraduates that have an interested in learning more about Sleep and Circadian Research and will include working directly with CCSM faculty during the Summer Term on various research projects
  • Students that are interested in careers in research or medicine are strongly encouraged to apply
  • One award will be available annually

 Applications

  • Applications will be reviewed annually.  The due date is May 20 of each year.
  • Applications must include the following:
  • Cover letter (1-page max) ) that includes a description of your past research experience and what you hope to learn during your summer scholarship term
  • CV / Resume
  • (Optional) Letter of Recommendation from a past mentor/professor/PI (1-page max)
  • Applications must be written in Arial 11-point font or Times New Roman 12-point font with margins no smaller than .5 inches.
All application materials should be sent in a single PDF document to nick.cekosh@northwestern.edu.

 Review

Applications will be reviewed by at least two reviewers and feedback will be given to applicants.  Final funding decisions will be made by the CCSM Small Grants Committee and are subject to programmatic and scientific priorities.