CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NIH-NIGMS Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams (RM1) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Internal Deadline: October 30, 2017
Sponsor Deadline: January 25, 2018

Award amount: Up to 1.5 million in direct cost per year, over 5 years.  (An additional $250K per year may be requested for optional exploratory pilot studies for Early Stage Investigators (ESI)).


This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious research questions that are important for the NIGMS mission and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects, and the program encourages far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in participants’ fields.

Successful Collaborative Program Grant applications will bring together scientists to apply complementary approaches to work on an important and well-defined problem. Applications may address any area of science within the NIGMS mission, which is to support basic research that increases understanding of biological processes at a range of levels, from molecules and cells to tissues, whole organisms, and populations. NIGMS also supports research in a limited number of clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems (see here for scientific areas supported by NIGMS). Truly new interdisciplinary ideas for approaching significant biological problems are encouraged. Applications that bridge the research interests of more than one NIGMS division are also encouraged, but must remain within the scope of the NIGMS mission.

Applications that focus mainly on creating, expanding, and/or maintaining community resources, creating new technologies, or developing infrastructure are not appropriate for this FOA, nor are program objectives that are unlikely to be achieved within 10 years.

Application Limits and Internal Application Instructions

UCI may submit only one proposal in response to this FOA; therefore, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary proposal containing the following information to the Office of Research (via UCI Review), by October 30, 2017:

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will be convened to review the preliminary proposals. In the case of a review, the process will be completed as quickly as possible to allow the selected applicant enough time to complete their proposal by the sponsor deadline of January 25, 2018, for non-AIDS applications (this office will announce the internal competition for the program’s May 2018 deadlines after the winter break).

Please refer to for more information. Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.

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