Eligibility for Pilot and Feasibility Program

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Eligibility and Guidelines

Eligibility criteria include:

  • LAUNCHED cohort scholars are eligible and encouraged to apply. Early career scientists (full-time post-doctoral fellows and Associate or Assistant Professors) from partner institutions who are not part of the LAUNCHED program are also eligible and encouraged to apply.
    • Partner institutions currently include Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Southern University, Louisiana State University A&M, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tulane University, and LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. For more information about whether your institution may qualify as a partner, please contact launched@pbrc.edu.
  • Scientists from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups.
    • Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders.
  • Early career scientists who do not have current or previous NIH (or equivalent) independent research support, excluding fellowship or career development awards.
  • Must have a PhD or MD or equivalent degree.
  • There is no citizenship requirement but visiting scientists with whom a partner institution does not have a long-term collaborative relationship will not be considered.

Mentoring component

Applicants must identify two senior mentors (Primary and Secondary Mentors) one of which must be a LAUNCHED mentor in their application. A short description of the mentoring plan must be provided in the full application, including the role of the mentors on the project and the nature and frequency of communication between the Principal Investigator and the mentors. For help in identifying potential mentors, please contact launched@pbrc.edu.

Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent is required initially to ensure eligibility and appropriateness of the research topic and to provide a budget estimate. Applicants will be invited to submit a full application based on the Letter of Intent.

Letter of Intent Guidelines

  • One page maximum (Arial 11 point font, single spaced, 0.5 inch margins) including the following:
    • Project title, Principal Investigator, Primary and Secondary Mentors, and, if applicable, inter-institutional collaborations.
    • Specific Aims of the project.
    • Estimated budget.
  • A Letter of Commitment of retention from the Chairman or Dean of the applicant’s partner institution, or a partner institution to which they are moving.
  • Postdoctoral fellows should include a Letter of Support from their mentor.
  • NIH Biosketch of the Principal Investigator and the Primary Mentor.
  • Diversity statement (1/4 page maximum) noting how the applicant qualifies as an underrepresented minority scientist.

Submit the Letter of Intent as ONE DOCUMENT electronically (PDF format in color) at the following website: Launched Funding.


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