CEM Venture Fund

In October of 2015, The Center for Evolution and Medicine launched the CEM Venture Fund. This was an opportunity for all ASU, Mayo faculty and students to take part in and submit a proposal for further funding of a research project. The Center accepted evolutionary medicine project proposals in the forms of travel grants, graduate fellowships, research support, workshops and education resource development. The goal of the CEM Venture Fund is to connect evolutionary biology and topics relevant to medicine or public health.

Call for Pilot Projects: 

The Center for Evolution and Medicine at ASU funds pilot projects in the broad category of evolution and medicine. We seek proposals that stimulate innovative research, support the development of collaborations across researchers, and that may subsequently lead to a larger research project. At least one of the investigators must be a Core or Affiliated Faculty member in the Center for Evolution and Medicine, but collaborations with scientists and students form other units and institutions are especially encouraged. There are two mechanisms of support:

  1. Pilot project grants (up to $30,000) to provide seed funding.
  2. Working group support to allow multidisciplinary faculty, doctors and/or trainees to discuss and develop research collaborations.

Researchers who are considering applying are encouraged to discuss their proposed application with Anne Stone or Randy Nesse to ensure that the proposal falls into CEM’s areas of interest. All investigators receiving funds must submit a final report to CEM at the end of the funding period and CEM is to be acknowledged in any publications stemming from the funded activities.

How to apply for Research Seed Funding

All letters of intent and proposals will be evaluated by the CEM Research Committee based on scientific merit and the likelihood of future funding from a major granting agency (such as NSF, NIH etc.).

By April 15, 2017 send a letter of intent (no more than one page, 0.5 inch margins and Arial 11 font) that includes a title, short project summary with specific aims, goals and a list of participating investigators (including at least one CEM core and/or affiliate faculty member). Please include:

  • NIH style biosketches with selected relevant publications (not to exceed two pages) for each participating investigator.
  • A list of other pending or funded proposals for the same project

Invitations to submit full proposals will go out to a subset of applicants by April 20, 2017.

By May 1, 2017 Full Proposals are due. These are limited to five pages (excluding references) and should include specific aims and hypotheses, innovation and significance, research plan, and anticipated results potential problems/alternate approaches. In addition, a budget, budget justification, and where the investigators plan subsequent funding requests for future related project should also be submitted.

Criteria for evaluation of initial letter:
What is the question/hypothesis? Is it interesting and compelling?
Who is doing the work? Is there a team that connects different groups (i.e. within and/or outside of CEM)?
Does this project already have funding? Have you identified targeted funding opportunities?
 
Criteria for evaluation of the full proposal:
Does the pilot project stimulate innovative research?
Does it support the development of collaborations across researchers?
Have they identified funding agencies and opportunities that will subsequently lead to a larger research project?

 

How to Apply for Working group/workshop support:

By May 1, 2017, faculty who would like to host a workshop or working group through CEM should write a letter of intent (no more than one page, 0.5 inch margins and Arial 11 font) that includes a title, short project summary with the specific goals of the meeting and a list of proposed participants (including at least one CEM core and/or affiliate member). Most workshops will be for groups of 6-18 people, including 4-8 from outside ASU, coming together for 2-4 days, which includes at least one half day for presentations available for all at ASU. CEM is particularly enthusiastic to support proposals that include diverse representation along multiple dimensions of both content and presenter. In terms of content, CEM anticipates prioritizing proposals that present intersections among disciplines and complementary methodological approaches. Organizers are strongly encouraged to facilitate inclusivity and diversity, inviting participation across dimensions of gender, nationality, race, and career stage.