Pilot & Feasibility

Both DartCF and the Cystic Fibrosis Lung Biology Center have robust pilot programs, funded by a NIH P30 Center award and the CFF Research Development Program, respectively, with additional support from the Geisel School of Medicine and the Thayer School of Engineering.  The goal of the Pilot Project Program is to enhance the width and breadth ofCF research at Dartmouth, recruit new investigators into the program, provide a means for senior faculty to mentor junior faculty (via the senior-junior partner awards), and enhance the CF research base. Each of these pilot programs are organized in a similar fashion.

Director:  George O’Toole, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Call for Pilots:  Pilot Projects are solicited on an as needed basis in a simple pre-proposal format, typically annually, via emailing all Center and/or RDP members, emailing all faculty in the Geisel School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences (science division) and Thayer School of Engineering, posting the call on the web page, and via the Vox e-announcement system.  Pilot solicitations are 1 page, including an hypothesis, abstract and biosketch.  Details are provided in the solicitation.

Full applications.  After consulting with all applicants, the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC), in consultation with the External Advisory Committee (EAC), selects candidates for full applications, which includes a 3 page proposal, budget and justification, and funding strategy.  The IAC, in consultation with the EAC, selects pilots for funding.

Pilot funding.  The number of pilots selected and their funding levels depends on available funds, and scope and cost of the proposed project. For each program, we typically receive 8-10 pre-proposals, advance 3-5 to full proposal and fund 1-3 in the range of $25075K/year for up to 2 years.

Contact: George O’Toole (georgeo@dartmouth.edu)