CU Anschutz SOM Programmatic Incubator for Research (CU ASPIRE) Program


The School of Medicine, CU Chancellor’s office, and Cancer Center 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-project team science programs (not multi-PI R01s) 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 and translational science or clinical medicine that can only be addressed by a team of investigators.

During the funding period, the investigative group is anticipated to:

  • Establish preliminary findings to support the unifying scientific theme of the program, including joint publications.
  • Develop a plan to programmatically integrate the investigators, projects, and cores.
  • Identify a funding agency and establish a timeline and plan for grant submission.

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 and translational science or clinical medicine. There will be 2 categories of applications considered:

Category 1. School of Medicine oriented applications The PI and project leads must have a primary appointment in a Department within the School of Medicine. The team can include investigators solely from the School of Medicine but may also include investigators with primary appointments in different CU Anschutz Schools/Colleges (Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Nursing or Public Health), departments, or divisions.

Category 2. Cross-campus applications The PI and project lead primary appointments must represent at least two different CU Anschutz Schools /College. (Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Nursing or Public Health).

For both categories, preference will be given to investigative teams that have a history of prior collaboration. 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


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September 28, 2023

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