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Research Funding Support & Resources

Grant Proposal

Planning to submit a grant proposal? We have in-house support for faculty who are working on a submission to funding agencies. Please notify our Senior Research Development Officer so we can help.

Proposal Initiation Form 

 

Funding Opportunities & Support

The College of Medicine's Office of Research provides research support for faculty seeking to maintain or expand their external funding portfolio. A call for pilot grant applications is issued once a year, and bridge funding requests will be evaluated up to three times a year. In addition, faculty—especially early and mid-career investigators—can use the expertise of the Grant Advisory Committee Program. The below opportunities within the College of Medicine, Health Science Center, Texas A&M and external organizations may be of interest to our faculty:

Do you have an exciting new idea for a research program? The College of Medicine’s Pilot Funding Program is intended to expand research programs of college faculty into new research areas. Pilot grants provide resources to generate compelling preliminary data that can be leveraged to successfully compete for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants (especially R01s & R21s). Although the program’s main goal is to increase the college’s NIH portfolio, proposals that target other federal or state agencies will also be considered.
Learn more about the pilot funding program

Did your grant renewal come close to getting funded? You may need bridge support. Most investigators experience a delay in external funding at some point. The Office of Research provides support (for one year, up to $60K) to faculty who need bridge funding to keep key personnel on a research project and generate critical data to increase chances for successful resubmission of a favorably reviewed—but not awarded—application.
Learn more about the bridge funding program

Writing a new grant and need critical input? The goal of the Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) Program is to increase funding success of research grants submitted to national and state funding agencies. In the initial implementation, the program will be geared mainly towards junior and mid-career tenure track faculty submitting grants to the NIH, specifically for the R01 and R21 funding mechanisms. As the program grows, grants for submission to other national and state agencies will be included, and senior faculty may use the GAC program as well.
Learn more about the grant advisory committee program

Quotes from GAC users

I strongly recommend that College of Medicine faculty utilize the Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) mechanism through the Office of Research. Through in-person meetings and email exchanges, my committee members provided excellent feedback on my R01 aims and project narrative at both the A0 and A1 phases. I am confident their feedback was essential to my revised application scoring significantly better and ultimately being paid.
– A. Phillip West, PhD, Assistant Professor

The GAC program provided me with an objective perspective of my research proposal from peer investigators with various research backgrounds. The committee ensured my writing was easy to follow and convincing enough for typical reviewers of NIH study sections.
– Fei Liu, PhD, Associate Professor

I had a tremendous experience with the GAC on my first ever R01 submission that was funded on the first attempt thanks to the advice from the committee! My interaction with the GAC gave me a high intensity crash course on how to write a focused, well-circumscribed grant proposal for the NIH, and the lessons I learned from the GAC remain with me as I continue to submit successful NIH grants.
– Rahul Srinivasan, MBBS, PhD, Associate Professor

The Texas A&M Health’s Seedling Grant Program supports ideas for new research projects with high potential impact. The expectation is that projects supported by the program generate data that will be used for application to external funding agencies. Preliminary data are optional. Submissions of ideas that fit within the major focus areas of the the College of Medicine are especially encouraged. Consideration for support is given to all types of research, such as discovery, translational and applied research.
Learn more about the seedling grant program

The Texas A&M Research Development Fund (RDF) was developed for strategic investments that support the total Texas A&M research enterprise and catalyze new ventures. These investments are likely to be in the areas of core research facilities and equipment and their initial operation; strategic investments in the creation of core facilities and significant renovations of existing core facilities; and investment in faculty development and support for competing for exceptionally large projects. This fund will support faculty research across those administrative units participating in the fund.
Learn more about the research development fund