Research and Funding

Funding Opportunities

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Pilot Project Award (SC2)

Funding Number: PAR-08-027
Funding Type: PAR
Release Date: November 16, 2007
Expiration Date: September 8, 2012
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-Purpose. This FOA provides updated guidelines for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program SC2 mechanism for Pilot Project Awards. -Mechanism of Support. The SCORE Program is a developmental program to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and the institutions faculty research capabilities. To better achieve these objectives, three funding opportunities exist for individual investigator-initiated research awards according to their developmental level. The mechanisms used for these funding opportunities are the SC1 (PAR- 08-026), SC2 and SC3 (PAR-08-028) for individual investigators. Descriptions of the SC1 and SC3 may be found at the NIGMS website, This announcement for the SC2 award outlines the individual investigator-initiated pilot research project for faculty members who are in their early stages of development and are seeking to gather preliminary data or more advanced investigators interested in switching to a different research field from the one in which an individual has been engaged and published. -Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Twenty-five to 30 SC2 awards totaling $2-2.2 million (direct costs) are expected to be made each year. The SC2 awards may not exceed $300,000 (direct costs) for the entire length of the award which may be one to three years maximum. Yearly requests need not be of the same amount but must be determined based on $25,000 module increments and may not exceed $100,000 per year. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the number of applications submitted to each SCORE award mechanism as well as the scientific quality, duration, and costs of the applications received. The maximum number of individual SCORE applications/awards (combination of SC1, SC2, SC3 and, if applicable, S06 subprojects) that a single MSI may hold is 25.