Funding Mechanisms & Due Dates

Open Competitions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Current Call for Proposals

Funding Mechanisms
Core Large Initiatives (CORE)
Core large initiatives provide funds to establish facilities, services, or other shared resources that have the potential to expedite identification of therapeutic targets, diagnostic markers, or animal models for CDI and/or WU research studies. 

Educational Initiatives (EI)
Educational Initiatives provide funds for educational activities on child health topics relevant to the goals of the CDI. 

Faculty Recruitment/Scholar Awards (FR)
Faculty Recruitment/Scholar Awards provide funds to exceptional new investigators to establish a laboratory and to embark on highly promising pediatric medical research relevant to the goals of the CDI. 

Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives (II)
Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives provide funds for highly innovative and novel projects in need of initial start-up funding to enable procurement of other independent support.  Projects should strive to bring investigators from multiple disciplines together to identify targets for improved diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a pediatric health problem relevant to the goals of the CDI. 

Large-Scale Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives (LI)
Large-Scale Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives provide funds for highly innovative and novel projects to teams of colleagues with differing areas of expertise who wish to pool their talents and resources to identify targets for improved diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a pediatric health issue that is relevant to the goals of the CDI.  Projects proposed as part of the initiative should be thematically integrated and synergistic and should ultimately lead to the procurement of other extramural support.  Large-Scale Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives are more complex in scope and budget than Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives and are almost always Multiple PI projects. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships (F)
Fellowships provide especially promising postdoctoral trainees funds to complete a research project under the direction of a mentor on an issue relevant to the goals of the CDI.

Funding Objectives
All funding initiatives are organized through the CDI's centers. Funding objectives include:

  • Preference will be given to faculty members prior to achieving tenure, to teams of investigators from multiple disciplines, and to multi-investigator projects to develop interactive research groups.
  • Potential for acquisition of new knowledge/translational impact and scientific excellence.  
  • Programs synergistic with Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
  • Immediate relevance to the goals of one or more of the CDI's Centers.   

Letter of Intent and Proposal Standard Due Dates

Funding Mechanisms

Letter of Intent Deadline

Proposal Deadline

Award Activation

Budget Guidelines

Core Large Initiatives

February 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

April 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

July 1

Up to $1,500,000 total costs for up to 3 years

Educational Initiatives

August 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST or February 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

October 15*, 5:00 p.m. CST or April 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

February 1 or July 1

Up to $50,000 total costs per year for up to 3 years

Faculty Recruitment / Scholar Awards**

August 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST or February 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

October 15*, 5:00 p.m. CST or April 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

February 1 or July 1

$300,000 total costs over a 5 year period

Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives

August 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

October 15*, 5:00 p.m. CST

February 1

Up to $150,000 total costs per year for up to 3 years

Large-Scale Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives

February 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

April 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

July 1

Up to $1,500,000 total costs for up to 3 years

Postdoctoral Fellowships

August 1*, 5:00 p.m. CST

October 15*, 5:00 p.m. CST

February 1

Up to $30,000 total costs per year for up to 2 years

* If a deadline falls on a weekend or a University holiday, then the deadline will be moved to the next business day.  Example: October 15, 2011 is a Saturday.  Proposals for that cycle were due Monday, October 17, 2011.  Deadlines are subject to change.            

** Department Chairs or Division Chiefs wishing to submit nominations (i.e. Letters of Intent) for Faculty Scholar/Recruitment Awards must obtain the approval of the CDI Executive and Scientific Directors prior to submission. 

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