AFL Grants

The Strategic Infrastructure for Research Committee (SIRC) is announcing a new pilot grant program- “Across the Finish Line” (AFL) grants- that are designed to help both junior faculty and established faculty moving into a new area of investigation. Funds will be used to generate pilot data that can be leveraged into a new R01-type grant submission (or re-submission). Initially, grants will be reviewed by the standing SIRC review committee. Questions should be addressed to Peter Buttrick, Peter.Buttrick@cuanschutz.edu.

Who is eligible for the AFL Grant

Priority will be given both to investigators who are perceived to have a high likelihood of funding success and to junior faculty who have limited resources available to support data generation. 

How do I apply

The grant application must include the tentative specific aims page of the proposed R01-type grant and should identify gaps in preliminary data that need to be filled in before finalizing the submission. If the grant is a resubmission, the relevant reviewer comments can also be provided. In addition to the above, applications must be accompanied by a Biosketch of the applicant and by a letter from the applicant documenting the importance of the work and the challenges inherent in generating the relevant preliminary data. The applicant must also include a letter from the unit head confirming on-going salary and infrastructure support for the applicant and his/her research program.

The application must be submitted by 5pm on September 20, 2022, to::

Guidelines for application content:

  • Letter from unit head specifying on-going salary and infrastructure support for applicant and proposed research. (~ 1 page)
  • NIH formatted biosketch of applicant/s. (5 pages max)
  • Specific aims for the proposed R01-type submission. (1 page)
  • Copy of reviewer comments if a resubmission.
  • Letter outlining: (1) importance of the work, (2) gaps in preliminary data that need to be filled in before finalizing the R01-type submission, (3) challenges inherent in generating the relevant preliminary data. (2 pages)
  • Budget outlining and justifying funds request for generating the preliminary data. (~1 page)

Amount of Awards

Grants will be for up to a max of $100K and the budget requests must be reasonably tailored to generate the needed preliminary data. Funds must be spent during the funding year and any unspent funds will be returned to the SOM. Funds cannot be used to support faculty salary. The deliverable is the submission of the grant. 

Duration of Awards

We anticipate funding 2-3 grants per cycle depending on available funds.