PCHPI Collaboration Development Award Program – Request for Applications
Application Deadline: Tuesday January 31, 2023
The Pittsburgh Center for HIV Protein Interactions (PCHPI; http://www.hivppi.pitt.edu/) is seeking collaborators with a goal toward understanding HIV infection through characterization of HIV-host cell protein interactions. Applications in all areas of fundamental and discovery science research will be considered, including but not limited to nucleic acid biochemistry, membrane biophysics, and chemical biology.
Interested investigators should submit an application as outlined below. Pre-submission inquiries and discussion are strongly encouraged and recommended - please reach out to any of the current PCHPI members (Chris Aiken, Zandrea Ambrose, Peter Cherepanov, Alan Engelman, Eric Freed, Barbie Ganser-Pornillos, Angela Gronenborn, Juan Perilla, Tatyana Polenova, Jacek Skowronski, Yong Xiong and Peijun Zhang).
Total Award (Direct + Indirect costs): up to $175,000 per year for one or two years, with the second-year contingent upon progress and collaborative engagement with the PCHPI.
Eligible Investigators: Early career, independent HIV-1 investigators as well as investigators at any career stage who have not previously worked on HIV-1. Faculty with more than $500,000 in annual direct cost funding will not be eligible.
Application Deadline: Tuesday January 31, 2023.
Required Components for the Application (in indicated order):
Detailed Budget and Budget Justification
NIH Biosketch (5 page maximum)
Proposal Text (6 pages maximum)
- Specific Aim(s)
- Timeline and Specific Milestone(s)
List of current and pending support from all sources (NIH other support)
Letters of collaboration should only be included if a collaborator will be conducting specific experiments that are described in the proposal or providing required reagents, equipment, or access to facilities. Non-specific letters of support should NOT be included.
Format: Single-spaced, 1/2 inch margins, arial typeface, and a font size of 11 points or larger (or similar NIH-compliant format)
For information about specific cores or resources, please review the PCHPI website at http://www.hivppi.pitt.edu/ where additional contact information for the center and core directors is available.
All funded investigators will be required to follow all NIH regulations/requirements, including those related to animal use, human subjects, and recombinant DNA. In addition, participation in PCHPI activities, including web-based monthly work-in-progress meetings and annual symposia, is required.
Funded investigators will also participate in the PCHPI Mentored Scientist Program, through which the applicant will be paired with a PCHPI member or collaborator whose research is complementary to that of the funded investigator.