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Intercampus Grants

As a global, interdisciplinary, and highly collaborative research enterprise, Weill Cornell Medicine offers a wealth of opportunities across our sister campuses, and neighboring and affiliated institutions.  

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

The cross-campus Academic Integration Initiative aims to advance the research and discovery efforts across the Cornell community by promoting and enhancing collaborations between the Cornell Ithaca campus, and the Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) and Cornell Tech campuses in New York City. By drawing on the outstanding and diverse work of Cornell colleagues based in Ithaca and New York City, the strength and impact of research across Cornell will be elevated to the next level of eminence. For instance, the science ongoing at Weill Cornell, with its orientation towards discoveries and translation related to human health and disease, has great potential to bolster investigation by faculty in Ithaca and Cornell Tech through collaborative efforts. Similarly, research at Weill Cornell will be enhanced through partnership with Ithaca and Roosevelt Island colleagues across a broad range of disciplines. Fostering such collaborative interactions between research units will leverage expertise across the three campuses to align the scientific and educational activities of the greater Cornell community, resulting in improved research and educational opportunities. Creating synergies among Cornell investigators will also enable individual projects to transform into larger programs with increased impact and visibility.

For further details, please review the RFA

Qatar-NYC

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) and Paths towards Personalized Medicine (PPM) are annual funding programs funded by the Qatar National Research Fund.  NPRP grants support a broad variety of projects in basic and applied research, including in the medical and health sciences. The PPM is a new thematic program focusing on developing tailored therapies for patients.  WCM investigators are eligible to apply, with research collaborators from Qatar, provided NPRP and/or PPM guidelines and conditions are met.

For inquiries about the NPRP, please contact Jaklien Samaan, Associate Dean Research Strategy Qatar.

Tri-Institutional Grants

The funding opportunities below are offered to members of the Tri-I research community, which includes Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University. For inquiries about each of these opportunities, please reach out to the contact person listed within the individual site or announcement.

A novel partnership of academic institutions, the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute links researchers in basic and clinical science with experts in drug discovery from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, with the goal of more efficiently translating discoveries into therapies for disease.

For information on the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute please e-mail info@tritdi.org.

  • Request for Exploratory Antibody Project Proposals
    The Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute (Tri-I TDI) is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) to facilitate the translation of research results from members of the Tri-I community into new antibody therapies for patients. Our initial antibody program is designed to advance early-stage, exploratory projects from an innovative idea or a preliminary data set to a fully validated novel drug target, with the ultimate goal to develop a therapeutic antibody directed at that target. The Tri-I TDI will provide resources to generate a set of exploratory antibodies that will be used to assess the target in a set of functional biochemical or cell-based assays, followed by proof-of-concept studies in a disease-relevant animal model in the laboratory of the principal investigator. More information and submission forms can be found at www.tritdi.org/applications.

WCM – Houston Methodist Hospital Collaborations

Mentored Clinical Research Training Program

The Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP), a collaborative initiative by Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) and Houston Methodist (HM), offers physicians a fast-track program to develop a clinical research project proposal and embark on a clinical research career pathway. The program is aimed at WCM and HM early career physicians who have a strong interest in clinical research but who currently lack the time to participate in comprehensive clinical research training, such as the certificate and Master’s programs in clinical investigation of Weill Cornell’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC).

The MCRTP begins with an intensive, four-day workshop, to be held from Wednesday-Saturday, August 1-4, 2018 in New York City at the Cornell Club. Drawing on courses adapted from the CTSC, small group sessions, and invited speakers, the workshop will provide participants with an introduction or refresher to the foundations of clinical research, including research design and methodologies, data management and analysis, and the regulatory process. See Supporting Documents for the link to the workshop schedule.

Throughout the year following the workshop, trainees will develop their own clinical research project proposal under mentorship guidance from experienced clinical researchers at WCM and/or HM. The aim is to develop an IRB-submission-ready research proposal to be sent to an external funding agency for consideration, although some trainees will be able to move beyond the proposal stage and engage in a research project during the year. 

Trainees are expected to devote at least 10% of their time to the program during the one-year mentored proposal development phase as well as have permission for time away from clinical and other duties for participation in the four-day workshop and two follow-up videoconference meetings. This effort allocation should be described in the Departmental/Divisional commitment letter (see Required Documents). MCRTP program costs are fully covered for the trainees, including flight and hotel expenses related to the workshop for HM participants.

Applicants should seek to identify a mentor prior to applying to the program, if possible. To encourage cross-institutional linkages, HM applicants are strongly encouraged to identify mentors at WCM, and vice versa. It is also feasible to have two mentors, for example one at each institution. The mentor(s) and trainee do not necessarily have to belong to the same research discipline or have a similar research focus. Applicants can contact MCRTP leadership to request help in identifying possible mentors:

Scott T. Tagawa, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Timothy Wilkin, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Timothy B. Boone, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Director, Institute for Academic Medicine, Houston Methodist 

Eligibility requirements
  • WCM or HM physicians are eligible to apply. This program is primarily intended for junior physicians who are up to seven years post residency/fellowship training when they start the program. However, senior fellows or physicians who are more than seven years post training may also apply. Such candidates should provide specific information to address why they are appropriate candidates in light of their career stage, and they will be considered in the context of this issue in addition to their other qualifications.
Required documents

Notification of Intent – A completed Notification of Intent (NOI) form is due Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Please email the completed NOI form to Jaklien Samaan. Eligible applicants who have fulfilled the requirements of the NOI will be invited to submit a full application. Click this PDF iconlink for the NOI form.
Full application package – The following documents need to be submitted as part of the full application package by Monday, June 18, 2018:

  • Application form
  • Applicant’s NIH biosketch/CV
  • Applicant’s career development plan (1 page limit): Describe career goals, plan to obtain experience and skills for an independent career in clinical research, and future coursework planned, if any.
  • Applicant’s statement of interest (2 page limit): Describe research idea; explain how current or planned clinical or research activities would contribute to realizing this research idea.
  • Mentor’s NIH biosketch/CV, including track record of mentorship – if applicable
  • Mentor’s statement of support – if applicable (1 page limit):
  • Describe track record with the applicant, information on mentors’ qualifications in the research area, experience in mentoring other investigators, plans to mentor and support the program, details of planned meetings and interactions with the applicant, resources available to the project.
  • Departmental/Divisional commitment letter (1 page limit): Describe the applicant’s clinical, research, educational and administrative responsibilities, and assurance that the applicant will have time allocated for participation in the program.
Timeline

Notification of Intent due

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Invitation for applications

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Application due

Monday, June 18, 2018

Award notification date

Monday, June 25, 2018

Four-day workshop

Wednesday-Saturday, August 1-4, 2018

One-year mentored program

August 2018 - July 2019

Presentation final proposal

August 2019

Selection criteria

Each application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s personal qualifications, as assessed by the biosketch/CV, and potential for academic success, as assessed by the career development plan.
  • The originality, feasibility, clinical importance and scientific merit of the applicant’s research idea, as described in the applicant’s statement of interest, as well as the potential impact of the MCRTP on the career development of the applicant and WCMC/HMH programs.
  • The mentor’s experience and plans for supporting the applicant, as assessed by the biosketch/CV, statement of support, and track record of mentorship.
Supporting documents

Supporting documents, including this RFP, the workshop schedule, and Notification of Intent form, can be downloaded from: http://weill.cornell.edu/ctsc/training_and_education/mentored_training_program.html