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Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center Grant

Funding ($25,000 to $50,000) is available from the Hopkins Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center for new pilot/feasibility project in the GI-related field. The main goal of this funding is to facilitate collaborative projects at the interphase of clinical and fundamental research. New collaborations between the current members of the Center, as well as collaborations between the center member(s) and a wider JHU research community are encouraged. The project must utilize one or more center-supported cores. Information about cores can be found at

There is no requirement for permanent residence status or US citizenship. Funding is for one year.


The Hopkins Conte Digestive Diseases Basic and Translational Research Core Center ( was established in June 2011 to advance fundamental and translational gastrointestinal research at Hopkins. The core mission is to bring together GI investigators and encourage others in the community to enter this area of research.


  1. Independent investigators with MD, PhD or MD/PhD are eligible; current NIH funding is not required
  2. At least one of the collaborating investigator must have the GI-relevant expertize
  3. The currently collaborating investigators who are starting a new, innovative project that represents a significant departure from their on-going, funded research.

Pilot Project applications are due on November 15, 2018. Funding begins ~ December 15, 2018

Investigators are generally eligible to receive P/F support only once in any five-year period. Consideration can be given for a second year upon submission of a formal application, which must include a progress report.


  1. The proposed research must be related to a GI topic.
  2. The project proposes to use one or more center cores.
  3. The P/FP awardees are expected to provide a written summary of scientific achievements, publications, funding applied for and achieved at the end of P/F funding period.
  4. The P/FPs awardees are expected to participate and present their research at a Center’s work-in-progress meetings.

Proposal Details

  1. Applications are submitted electronically (by-e-mail) by November 15, 2018 to Ms. Esther Choi ( ).   Only fully completed applications that follow the format described below will be considered.
  2. The funding is for one year can be used to cover expenses for salary (technician, postdoctoral fellow, NOT faculty), supplies, animals.
  3. Format:
  1. Cover page (Please use form on next page), which includes title, abstract up to 250 words (can be Arial 10) and pending/approved IACUC/IRB protocols.
  2. NIH Biosketch of applicant
  3. Applicant’s other support (salary source, etc).
  4. Budget and Justification for funds requested.
  5. Specific Aims, Background, Preliminary Results, Research Plan, Future Directions: total three pages, font size Arial 11.
  6. Plans to apply for extramural funding: topic and time frame: 1 page
  7. References: one page. 

Review Process

The Center’s Internal Scientific Advisory Committee will review the proposals based on the eligibility criteria. An interview may be offered.

For additional information contact: Esther Choi ( or Dr. S. Lutsenko (


Kelsey Bennett