$175,000.00 is available to fund Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (EZD) Signature Program projects of 1-2 years duration under the following categories:

1. Research projects that have potential for high impact and are likely to lead to future external funding with research emphasis fitting the EZD program descriptionBudget Limit: Budgets up to $50,000 are allowed with requests exceeding that amount considered if well-justified.

2. Postdoctoral mentored applications – Research projects developed by post-doctoral scientists are sought under this category that have 1) potential for high impact, 2) are likely to lead to future external funding, 3) have a research emphasis fitting the EZD program description, and 4) will assist the applicant in becoming an independent researcher. The proposal must describe a career transition plan. Applicants must have obtained their doctorate degree prior to June, 2015.

Budget Limit: $25,000.00. Budgets must include a reasonable effort allocation, e.g.50% of funds requested, for the postdoctoral fellow to facilitate the career transition path to independence.

Please note: The same/similar proposal cannot be submitted to more than one Signature Program funding opportunity

Proposals must be relevant to Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES)and the EZD program. PIs should describe how the project is relevant to the MAES and EZD program, and how the results will be leveraged for external funding. Proposals must not exceed 5 pages. Proposed projects should provide direct benefits to the College of Veterinary Medicine and the state of Minnesota as these OADR funds originate from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station’s General Agriculture Research funds. International travel and expenses are generally discouraged by the Ag Experiment Station in the administration of these funds. Travel is allowable only in direct support of research objectives. Purchase of computers are not allowed. Please contact the Research Office with questions regarding allowability of expenses.

Proposal Guidelines

1. Cover page and application template 

2. Specific Aims – limited to 1 page

3. Proposal Narrative: The narrative should include the below components and is limited to 4 pages
Research Strategy – The Research Strategy should include Background and Significance, Innovations, and Research Design and Methods. 
Background and Significance – Does this project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services or preventative interventions that drive this field?
Innovations – Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions? Are the concepts approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or inventions proposed?
Research Design and Methods – Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed?

The below items are not included in the 5 page limit

4. Timeline: 1 page limit

5. References – No page limit

6. Biosketches – Include biosketches of key participants in NIH format.

7. Matching funds- Documentation of matching funds is strongly encouraged (but not required).

8. Budget

9. Outcomes – from previously funded CVM funding (this form is included in the application template)

Review Process
All proposals will be evaluated by a review committee assembled by the EZD steering committee. Proposals within each category will be ranked for scientific merit separately. The review committee will evaluate proposals for scientific merit and make recommendations for funding decisions to the CVM Associate Dean for Research.

Criteria for Evaluation
1. Identification of a clear plan for external funding
2. Must address key issues in Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases area of focus and be well-justified.
3. Approach must be feasible
4. Preference will be given to projects with the potential for high impact and a high likelihood of leading to external funding.

Due Date and Submission Process
Please send your application (with signed/scanned cover pages) as a single pdf to on Monday, March 30th, 2015 with EZD Research Proposal in the subject line.

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