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The CEG provides seed money for pilot projects focused on the study of gene-environment interactions (GxE). Made possible by NIEHS center award P30 ES006096, CEG pilot funding supports new initiatives in basic and population research, attracts investigators
to research in environmental health sciences, and enables recipients to use CEG core facilities (e.g., genomics, proteomics, etc.) with a matching subsidy that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The program has seen an average
12 to 1 return on investment as recipients parlay their preliminary findings into larger externally funded studies.
The annual research funding opportunity announcement (RFA) is typically issued in late November, with applications due in mid February. This pattern changes in the final year of the 5-year Center grant. The RFA will be posted here and disseminated via ListServs and social media. Applications for Time-Sensitive Response awards may be submitted at any time (reviewed on a rolling basis). Click here to download a prior copy of the RFA and instructions in PDF format (PDF). Click here for a sample RFA in Word format.
Successful applicants engaged in Human Subjects Studies (HSS) or non-exempt studies using existing human data human specimens
are required to complete an ASSIST questionnaire and provide current IRB approval and planned Inclusion Enrollment Report before any funding can be released for the project. Download the require Human Subjects questionnaire here (PDF)
Awards are offered in 6 categories:
Applications in categories 1 through 5 are requested and reviewed once a year per annual Research Funding Announcement (RFA). TSR category submissions will be received, reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis.
Applicants may request funds up to $30,000 except for the Affinity Group awards category which may request up to $50,000 and the Time-sensitive Response Award category which may request up to $5,000. Actual award amounts, however, may vary depending on funds available. Indirect or F&A costs are not allowed.
Eligibility: Principal investigators (PIs) must have a faculty appointment or be a senior research staff member with doctoral-level training. Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Assistants are not allowed to be PIs on these awards.
Proposals that do not address gene x environment interaction(s) will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed. Exceptions may apply to the Translation and Community Engagement Award category.
Gene in this context means individual genes/gene products, genomics, functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics.
Environment in this context is defined based on the language used by the NIEHS for environmentally relevant toxicants in its RFAs, as described below.
Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, and fungal/bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents considered non-responsive include, but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation which is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, and infectious or parasitic agents, except when agents are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect.... However, it is appropriate to include these factors as part of research to define effects of the exposome, and these factors may be a part of applications focused on the totality of a person’s environmental exposure. [our emphasis added]
For more information on the Pilot Project Program, including scientific or technical questions, please contact its directors Dr. Jagjit Yadav (Jagjit.Yadav@uc.edu) or Roman Jandarov, Ph.D. (Roman.Jandarov@uc.edu).
Authors of proposals that include use of human subjects or human specimens are advised to seek an advance consultation with the Integrative Health Sciences Facilities (IHSF) Core.
For IHSFC contact information and other directory\administrative inquiries: Please contact Teresa Donovan 513-558-3625.
Research supported by the Center for Environmental Genetics should cite NIEHS P30ES006096.