The School of Medicine and CU Chancellor’s office are pleased to partner on this effort to foster the development of interdisciplinary, programmatic research on the CU Anschutz campus. The goal of the CU ASPIRE Program is to increase submission and success of program project, center grants, and large multi-investigator programs on campus by supporting milestone-driven collaborations between investigators across campus. The CU ASPIRE Program is designed to facilitate collaborative research groups on the Anschutz Medical Campus working on unmet needs in basic science or clinical medicine that can only be addressed by a team of investigators.
During the funding period, the investigative group is anticipated to:
The anticipated outcome of the milestone-driven CU ASPIRE Program is an external programmatic application to the NIH, DOD, or other external public or private funding agencies. Program funding may be used for research support (such as supplies and PRA salaries) to generate collaborative preliminary data, to purchase essential equipment that will be used jointly by the multiple investigators, or to support joint publications. Funding may not be used for salary support for investigators, administrative activities, support conferences, or travel (unless approved by the CU ASPIRE Program).
Successful applications will include 3-5 investigators with complementary scientific backgrounds that are focused on solving a complex unmet need in basic science or clinical medicine. There will be 2 categories of applications considered:
Category 1. School of Medicine oriented applications
The PI must have a primary appointment in the School of Medicine. The team can include investigators solely from the School of Medicine but will preferably have primary appointments in different CU Anschutz Schools/Colleges (Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Nursing or Public Health), departments, or divisions. For Category 1 grants, we expect to fund up to two awards annually with up to $100,000/year for up to 2 years of support.
Category 2. Cross-campus applications
The PI must have a primary appointment in one of the CU Anschutz Schools/College (Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Nursing or Public Health). The team must include investigators representing at least two different CU Anschutz Schools /College. For Category 2 grants, we expect to fund up to one award annually with up to $100,000/year for up to 2 years of support.
For both categories, preference will be given to investigative teams that have a history of prior collaboration, although this is not a requirement. When appropriate and the resources are available, administrative in-kind support will be provided at the conclusion of the award to assist with the development, preparation and submission of a future grant proposal.