Pilot grant awards for Columbia faculty, post-docs and affiliates are available, up to a maximum of $10,000, from the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center. The awards are designed to support pilot work on ELSI issues related to genetics and precision medicine. Proposals addressing ELSI issues related to psychiatric, neurologic or behavioral genetics are especially encouraged, but studies addressing other areas of genetics and precision medicine are also welcome. Examples of possible foci include implications of new genomic technologies for prenatal and neonatal screening; privacy and surveillance; genetic diagnosis and identity; social and psychological impacts of geneticization; legal and policy implications of precision medicine or behavioral genetics; and the impact of genetics on the health insurance industry.
Projects can address ethical, social, legal, historical or philosophical issues, and should have the potential to lead to additional federal or foundation funding. Involvement of faculty from more than one discipline is encouraged. Applicants should submit a 3-page research proposal that details the specific aims, background to the study, preliminary data (if any), research plan (including plan for data analysis), innovation/significance, and future plans; an NIH-style biosketch or curriculum vitae for the PI and any associated investigators; and a detailed budget with justification. Proposals will be scored on the basis of innovativeness and significance of the research; quality and intellectual merit of the project; and likelihood of serving as the foundation for obtaining further funding and plan for seeking this funding.
Studies “piggy-backed” on existing research projects are welcome. Priority will be given to junior investigators who are interested in research in this area. Both the Center and the Institute activelysupport diversity and welcome submissions that address diverse populations, and proposals from investigators of all backgrounds, especially those underrepresented in ELSI research.
Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to Manuela Cangiamila (email@example.com) by February 8, 2017. Funding will begin February 15, 2017 and funds must be utilized by May 31, 2017. A final project report will be required. Direct questions to Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Director, Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and SocialImplications (ELSI) of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information about the application process, please visit the Center’s website.