There are several sources of research funding within Tufts. Additional sources and special opportunities arise from time to time and announcements are made accordingly. Some of these opportunities apply only to specific groups while some are more general. Click each section below the list to reveal more information.
To fund pilot experiments that allow Tufts faculty members to develop new experimental approaches to address a specific scientific question by using instrumentation available in a Tufts core facility or another lab in a novel way. The goal is to support the creation of new expertise at Tufts, through significant expansion and dissemination of existing technologies and technological expertise, while encouraging scientists to share their specialized technologies.
The cost of reagents and the time commitment required may be barriers to the incorporation of new techniques and technologies into ongoing research projects. With limited funds and pressure to publish, an investigator might not want to take the risk of relinquishing an older method to develop a new technique even if the new method would ultimately generate data of higher quality in terms of depth, breadth or quantitation. In many cases, these new technologies are available within the Tufts community, but are not readily accessible. For example, such new technologies could be developed in collaboration with a core facility.
Technology Access Grants (TAGs) would cover the cost of reagents, instrument use and core staff labor (if appropriate) to allow an investigator to use an experimental system that s/he can ultimately adopt to advance research in ways that would not otherwise be possible. Awards will range from $500 to $2,000.
Proposals that would not fit the guidelines:
A panel of investigators and core/facility leaders will decide whether to fund applications according to the criteria described above. If a project is approved for funding, an award notice will be sent to the applicant indicating that the project has been approved and stating the amount of the award. At that time, a modified budget may be requested, but will be reviewed by the selection panel. Applicants whose proposals are not funded will receive feedback to help them design future proposals.
There will be a new funding cycle every four months. Each funding cycle will have a maximum amount of $6,000 available to distribute among the awardees. Announcements of application due dates will be made no less than four weeks before the deadline. Awards will be announced no later than four weeks after the due date.
The recipient laboratory must agree to provide an impact statement that indicates how the award affected their ongoing research. Publications, presentations, grant applications and awards resulting from the TAGs award should be reported. Importantly, ways that the technology has been shared with the Tufts community, or a plan to disseminate the technology to other users should be reported. These reports are due six months post-award; the Vice Provost for Research’s Office will contact you regarding the details needed for your impact statement.
Please submit all applications and questions to Thuy Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (617) 636-2725 with any immediate concerns.
Quantum Efficiency Testing for Thermophotovoltaics and Beyond
Nicole Pfiester Latham, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering
Generation of MicroRNA-mRNA Interaction Maps
Dr. John Iacomini, Pathology, School of Medicine
New Strategy for Facile Purification of Peptides
Dr.Vittorio Montanari, Dr. Vijay M.K. Murthy, Michael Berne, Dr. Krishna Kumar
Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences
Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Establishment of a High Throughput Membrane Potential Assay for Cross Disciplinary Use in Drug Discovery
Dr. Sami F. Noujaim & Dr. Alan Kopin, Medicine, School of Medicine
Dancing the Reproductive Tango: Characterizing Female Genes that Mediate Postmating Sexual Interactions
Dr. Sara Lewis & Dr. Erik Dopman, Biology, School of Arts and Sciences
Determining Kinetic Parameters of Necrostatin/RIP1 Interaction Using Biacore
Dr. Alexei Degterev, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
RNAi Screening Using Pooled shRNA Libraries with Next Gen Sequencing
Dr. Brent Cochran, Molecular Physiology and Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Establishing NMR-based Metabolomics at Tufts:
Application to Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)
Dr. Amy Yee & Dr. James Baleja, Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Using A New Micro-Punching Machine to Generate a Cartilage Matrix Scaffold to Study the Interaction of Matrix And Seeded Chrondrocytes
Dr. Li Zeng, Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine
The Summer Scholars Program offer research apprenticeships with faculty/clinical mentors to motivated Tufts undergraduates. Summer Scholars is open to students and faculty representing all disciplines: arts, humanities, and social sciences, as well as the STEM fields. Information on the program is available here. If you are interested in mentoring an undergraduate researcher this summer, send a brief description of the project and your preferred method of being contacted, to Laura Doane at Laura.Doane@tufts.edu. Laura will post your project on the website so that students can browse these opportunities and contact you directly to discuss working on a joint application.
Established through the generosity of Mrs. Natalie V. Zucker, the Center is devoted to furthering the research careers of women scientists at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Women who are junior faculty at TUSM/Sackler or the major affiliated hospitals (up to and inclusive of the rank of Assistant Professor) or postgraduate fellows at TUSM/Sackler engaged in basic science or clinical research are eligible. The applicant’s mentor or Department Chair must support her request. Please see the School of Medicine’s website for details.
Tufts University fosters collaborations and innovation in scholarship, research, teaching and learning. In support of this effort, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to offer two seed grant programs: Tufts Collaborates!, which encourages the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty projects, and Tufts Innovates!, which seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching.
The Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines. The goal of this program is to establish collaborative research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal and foundation granting agencies.
Any Tufts faculty active in scholarship, research, and/or creative works with a primary appointment at a University school or unit is eligible to apply to the Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program. Seed grant awards are expected to range from $500 to $50,000. Funding decisions are through a peer review process including faculty and administrative staff, and based on several criteria, including degree of innovation and collaboration, potential for external funding, likelihood for sustainability and impact, and viability within departmental, school and/or programmatic frameworks.
For more information about the program, including past awards, click here. For questions about and submission of a Tufts Collaborates! proposal, please email Dr. Kirby Johnson at email@example.com.
In recognition of the importance of learning, the Tufts Innovates! seed grant program offered by the Office of the Provost is designed to spark imaginative proposals that catalyze innovative ideas for student learning. Proposals must demonstrate innovative and creative ideas for enhancing student learning at Tufts. This may include an educational idea created and implemented by faculty, undergraduate students and/or graduate students. Proposals that incorporate educational technology are highly encouraged. Proposals that leverage external and/or continued funding are encouraged but not required.
Each year the Center for the Humanities offers three year long Faculty Fellowships. Each Fellow receives $5000 for use in travel and research, occupies an office at the Center, participates in events and receives full office support at the Center. Those interested in finding out more information or applying may contact Jonathan Wilson.
Tufts University School of Medicine offers students the opportunity to apply for a summer research fellowship. During the summer between first and second year of medical school, the fellowship supports a project for a minimum of eight weeks on a full time basis. If you have an interesting project and would like to provide an opportunity to expose our medical students to research, please fill out a research form for EACH project and return it to Jeanne Fahey. For more information, click here.
The program seeks to bring together new multidisciplinary teams by providing seed money for the development of new collaborations or for pursuit of more mature ideas. The goal of the program is to position investigators to successfully compete for new extramural funding. Please click here for more information.
For the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering only. These may include summer stipends, awards for excellence in research and scholarship, and funding in amounts of $5000 or less. For more information, please call (617) 627-3106 or see http://ase.tufts.edu/frac.
This funding opportunity is made possible through a grant from the Russo Family Charitable Foundation Trust to Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). TUSM received a commitment of $250,000 from the Russo Foundation to support interdisciplinary collaborative research. The grant is being made in approximately equal installments over a five-year period. This internal funding opportunity is intended to stimulate collaboration which can later seek NIH funding through the new co-PI grant mechanism. Information about the new NIH funding mechanism can be found athttp://grants.nih.gov/grants/multi_pi/index.htm. Support of research assistants, purchase of equipment and supplies, and sponsorship of working retreats are eligible for such funding on a competitive basis by completing the application form. In most circumstances, salary for new personnel is not supported and PI salary cannot be supported from these funds. Historically, individual awards have ranged between $15,000 and $20,000. All TUSM faculty may apply provided that the collaboration involves at least one faculty member based in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
Russo grant applications are typically solicited twice a year. Exact dates for submission are announced by the Dean’s Office. Those interested in finding out more information or applying may contact Sara Abbott in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Office at (617) 636-6767.
This internal funding opportunity (up to five grants, each approximately $10,000 for 1 year with a single, one-year no-cost extension available upon request) is intended to support projects which are likely to lead to extramural funding from public or private sources of support. Where proposals are of equal merit, priority will be given to new investigators at the beginning of their career. Eligibility is restricted to all Tufts University School of Medicine faculty whose total extramural support (direct costs excluding PI salary and fringe benefits) does not exceed $100,000/yr. Previous recipients are not eligible. Funds may not be used to support the salary of the PI. Charlton grant applications are typically solicited once a year. Exact date for submission is determined by the Academic Research Awards Committee and is announced by the Dean's Office.
This proposal must be a collaborative research project involving two or more Neuroscience faculty members from Tufts or its affiliated hospitals and must utilize CNR core facilities. The intent of these pilot awards is to stimulate collaborative research among CNR investigators and other neuroscientists at Tufts and its affiliated hospitals that leads to new NIH grant funding (e.g., R01 or program project grants). Click here for more information.
Applications may be submitted at any time. The proposal must be a research project that utilizes CNRcore facilities or the Tufts Molecular Facility. The budget for proposed research is limited to $3,000 and funds may be used only for core services and related supplies expenses (up to 20% of the budget). Clickhere for more information.
This program is designed to promote and support teaching innovations developed by our faculty that will enhance the core educational programs and overall mission of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), including the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. All current TUSM faculty, including those based at Sackler and affiliated hospitals, are eligible. Junior faculty and faculty seeking promotion are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
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