How to Apply

How to Apply

The Center funds approximately 4 pilot projects each grant year, each with direct cost support of $20,000 plus chargeback-free services from the Animal Core. The project period is from January 1 to December 31. Each project will last 1-2 years.

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due: September (4th Monday) 
Application Deadline: November (2nd Monday)
Start Date: January 1

1) Junior faculty investigator without funding and with research interest in the Center's theme, "Elucidation of the mechanisms by which alcohol and risk factors sensitize and prime the liver and pancreas for diseases" or with an interest in basic or translational research on developments of new therapeutic and preventive modalities of cirrhosis, liver or pancreatic cancer;
2) Investigator with or without funding interested in transition to alcohol, cirrhosis, liver or pancreatic cancer research;
3) A project which leads to the development of a new collaboration on a common and comparative theme or a new system biology project among liver, pancreas, intestine, adipose and brain researchers;

LOI Instructions 

1) Proposed project title
2) Your eligibility (see above)
3) Project's central hypothesis
4) Brief description of specific aims

Application Instructions
Please use NIH PHS398 forms. Please do not use font size smaller than 11 points. If you are in doubt on how to complete these forms, please follow NIH guidelines. You do not need to obtain business official signature on the face page.

1) Original application + 7 copies
2) Email complete application in PDF format to:

1) Face Page (PHS398 Form Page 1)
2) Abstract Page (PHS398 Form Page 2)
3) First Year Budget Page (PHS398 Form Page 4)
4) Biographical Sketch/Other Support (PHS398 Biosketch Format Page)
5) Research Plan - NOT TO EXCEED 10 PAGES
    a) Specific Aims
    b) Background and Significance
    c) Preliminary Studies (or Progress Report for renewal applications with list of publications generated from previous funding period)
    d) Research Design and Methods
    e) Literature Cited

Forms can be obtained from:

Submit LOI and Applications (original + 7 copies) to:
Hide Tsukamoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Southern California Research Center for Alcoholic Liver and Pancreatic Diseases
Keck School of Medicine of USC
1333 San Pablo Street, MMR 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90089-9141

Please direct questions to Sean Kohlmeier.

University of Southern California University of Southern California