Pilot Funding FAQ

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Am I eligible to apply?
You may apply if you are in either the School of Medicine or Ayala School of Biological Sciences and have PI status for submitting funding proposals to external private foundations and federal agencies. The Office of Research provides information about Principal investigator Eligibility and Exceptions.

Do fringe and indirect rates apply?
Fringe rates will be applied to salaries and pre-award staff can help with this. As these are internal funds, no indirect costs will be charged.

Can we budget to pay PI salaries?
The pilot funding mechanism aims to support research so it is acceptable to use this funding to support researchers in your laboratory; however, those listed as PI may not use this money to pay their own salaries.

What can I spend the money on?
There are some restrictions on how you propose to spend the money. All expenses must be well justified and clearly demonstrate that they benefit the proposed research project. UC Irvine’s Uniform Guidance on Budgeting and Charging provides information about allowable costs when submitting grant proposals to federal agencies. Adherence to these guidelines is advised.

We aren’t sure which private foundations and federal agencies are funding research projects like ours. Who can help us identify external funding sources?
The Research Development contacts in your school can help with this.

What should I use as a start date?
Funds will be available to awardees on August 1 at the earliest. Start dates should be between August 1 and September 30.

Can I propose a project for longer than a one year period?
Projects will be funded for up to 12 months.  The expectation is that milestones described in the proposal will be completed within that timeframe. Publications and submission of grant proposals to extramural sponsors can occur within a reasonable timeframe after the funding period ends.

How many awards will be funded?
It is expected that up to 5 projects will be funded.

Can I submit more than one proposal?
If each proposal you submit describes a unique research project, then you can be listed as PI on more than one proposal; however, only one of your projects will receive funding.

Is there a limit to how many PIs are listed on the project?
While there is no limit to the number of PIs, each award will receive a maximum of $50,000 so you may want to consider the limitations of distributing this amount of money among too many research laboratories.

The project description is limited to 3 pages. Does that include references?
References are excluded from the 3-page limit. Thus, your project description can be 3 full pages and references can be in addition to that.