CMCR Pilot

NIAID/NIH Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) Program
Call for Pilot Project Applications

The Centers for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects focused on practical approaches for radiation biodosimetry or the development of agents for the mitigation of acute or late radiation effects.

The goal of this pilot project program is to foster novel ideas, develop or incorporate new technologies, and encourage collaborations with the CMCRs. PIs of pilots funded through this program in 2015 or later are not eligible to apply, but may be included as co-investigators.

Below is a link to each of the four CMCR Centers' websites for more detailed information on each center involved.

Duke University CMCR
(Nelson Chao, M.D., Principal Investigator)

(William McBride, D.Sc., Ph.D., John Chute, M.D., and Joanne Weidhaas, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigators)

University of Pittsburgh CMCR
(Joel S. Greenberger, M.D., Principal Investigator)

Columbia University CMCR
(David Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc., Principal Investigator)

Proposals should be sent by 3/15/2018 to Margaret Zhu at and should consist of items 1-15 below assembled in the following order into a single pdf document:

1.Face Page
2.Abstract (30 lines)
3.Specific Aims and Milestones (1 page max.)
4.Research Plan: Background/Preliminary Results, Research Design and Methods (3 pages max.)
5.References Cited
6.Detailed budget for year 1 (may use NIH format)
7.Budget justification (for all years requested)
8. NIH format Biographical sketch (including other support) for key personnel
9. Resources and Equipment
10.Protection of Human Subjects, if applicable
11.Details of Vertebrate Animal Research, if applicable
12.Letters of support (optional)
13.Completed checklist

The proposals will be evaluated using standard NIH scoring criteria (Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, and Environment), with weighting given to both innovation and significant translational impact 1) in the context of potential contribution to the overall goals of the CMCRC, and 2) in the field of the proposed research. Note that your research plan should also address the NIH requirements concerning rigor and reproducibility.

Human use and animal protection documentation will be requested as appropriate from projects selected for funding on a "just in time" basis. Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Notes on the budget:

Click HERE to download application forms

Applications are due March 15, 2018

Anticipated project start date: August 1, 2018

Other inquiries should be sent to:

Sally Amundson, Sc.D.
Center for Radiological Research
Columbia University Medical Center