CCTR Funding and Educational Programs

Research Platform Award

Application Guidelines 

Purpose 

The Research Platform Award Program is designed to enhancem Seattle Children’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s (CCTR) capability to pursue externally funded research proposals by bolstering interdisciplinary collaborations and building infrastructure to foster innovative grant proposals among research teams.

The primary expectation of award recipients is to invest in the development of core research program infrastructure and preliminary research work that will generate a steady pipeline of extramural funding opportunities. Research teams are expected to develop innovative research programs that have the potential to increase the national and international recognition of the awardees, CCTR, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI).

An infosession on the Research Platform Award was held in 2021. Please click here to access the presentation and address any questions to the CCTR Project Manager, Amanda Hartman.   

Award Details

Key Dates  

  • Application Deadline: January 14th, 2022, 5:00PM PST  
  • Awardees Announced: February 1st, 2022  
  • Needs Assessments: February 1st – 28th, 2022  
  • Award Start Date: March 1st, 2022  

Priority Areas  

The program supports faculty research in all disciplines. Priority is given to projects that are well aligned to grow extramural funding opportunities, including federal, state, corporate, foundation, and philanthropic funds and, in particular, those with the promise of full indirect cost recovery. Priority is also given to projects related to existing strategic multi-PI collaborations with strong potential for extramural funding and institutional recognition. 

Project Duration  

For all awards, the project start date will be March 1st, 2022. All awards may be awarded for up to a 19-month project period over a two-year funding period, though project activities may be completed before the end of the 19-month period.  

An additional 12-month bridge period (Year 3) may be awarded upon proven success at the end of the awardee’s project term. Additional requirements are included within the Terms and Conditions of this announcement.   

  • Year 1:  03/01/2022 – 09/30/2022   
  • Year 2:  10/01/2022 – 09/30/2023  
  • Year 3:  (Bridge, contingent on progress) 10/01/2021 – 09/30/2024  

All program funds are dependent on future year levels of CCTR’s PDF.  

Types of Applications and Funding Levels  

  • Single PI applications may request up to $50,000 in Year 1 and $100,000 in Year 2.   
  • Multi-PI applications may request up to $75,000 in Year 1 and $150,000 in Year 2.   

Eligibility

  • Single or multi-PI applications are eligible.   
  • All applicants must be current CCTR members.   
  • CCTR members from the Hematology-Oncology division are required to reach out to CCTR@seattlechildrens.org to discuss their application prior to submission
  • PIs cannot be part of more than one funded Research Platform Award. 
  • The major proposal external deadlines are anticipated to fall within the proposed period of funding offered under this program. 
  • The proposal will be submitted through CCTR. 

Budget Considerations 

Allowable budget items may  include:

  • Graduate Research Assistants
  • Project Managers 
  • Research Coordinators
  • Required supplies and materials 
  • Database access and related fees 
  • Purchased services (ex. translation and transcription costs, clinical lab or radiology costs) 
  • External project management and/or proposal writing consultants  
  • Technical/administrative support beyond standard departmental resources 
  • Funds to conduct research using SCRI’s Research Integration Hub 

Unallowable items include:  

  • Salaries or additional compensation for PIs 
  • Travel to present results of research 
  • Subawards and/or subcontracts to external institutions 
  • Equipment  
  • Memberships and/or subscriptions  
  • Pre-award costs 

Application Review Process and Instructions

CCTR will fund projects that demonstrate the highest probability of being completed on time and within budget in addition to meeting all proposed milestones and program deliverables.  Applicants must submit a plan that allows the project to conclude within the approved term. Applications must be submitted to cctr@seattlechildrens.org by January 14, 2022 at 5PM PST.

Each application will be reviewed through a two-part process: 

  1. Each application will be screened to ensure it meets the administrative requirements as set forth in the RFA.  Applications that do not meet the guidelines as stated in the RFA will be notified and removed from the application process. 
  2. If applications move onto the second stage, they will be reviewed by a small panel composed of CCTR leadership and faculty members for scientific evaluation.  All reviewers are experienced, funded investigators with expertise in evaluating research applications.  In addition, additional reviews may be conducted by ad hoc reviewers, as necessary.   
  3. The review panel will be comprised of CCTR faculty with extramural and intramural grant experience.  
  4. In all cases, the review panel members must not be submitting a proposal to this program in the year when she/he serves on the panel.  
  5. The evaluation process will begin with the assignment of proposals to the review panel. Review panel members will then complete individual reviews of each application assigned to their panel.  
  6. The review panel will meet to discuss, evaluate, rank, and make recommendations for funding to Center leadership where funding decisions and funding levels will be made.  
  7. A brief summary of this review will be sent to the lead PI upon request.

Award Terms & Conditions 

  1. CCTR will grant a cost reimbursable direct cost award over the course of the proposed project period. Awardees will receive a Lawson activity number for project-related expenses.    
  2. As a CCTR member and awardee recipient, all future grant applications must be submitted through CCTR. 
  3. Payment of indirect costs is not allowable for this award. 
  4. No cost extensions are unallowable. 
  5. Funds must be expended within the approved award period and carry over from year to year is unallowable.  
  6. Multi-year projects will have a set yearly budget.  All funds are contingent on the awardee’s progress against original milestones and the availability of funds.   
  7. Any re-budgeting greater than 25% or changes to your original proposal will require review and approval from CCTR Leadership.  Requests for re-budgeting and proposed changes should be sent to cctr@seattlechildrens.org for consideration. 
  8. Award funds are intended to support the direct costs of research at Seattle Children’s. In the event that Seattle Children’s does not have the expertise or resources available to conduct the proposed research, contact CCTR Leadership to discuss options at the time of application. 
  9. It is expected that all activities will be conducted within the timeline of the proposed project.  Funds not expended within your budget by the end of the project date each year will be returned to SCRI. 
  10. Where the Terms and Conditions of the Award have not been observed, CCTR reserves the right to withdraw the remainder of the Award. 
  11. Awardees are required to submit a Year 1 progress report no later than August 31st, 2022. Year 2 support is contingent upon receipt and acceptance of the report and proof of associated milestone completion (per the proposed project plan). 
  12. At the conclusion of the initial project period, a final progress report will be submitted within 60 days of the project's end date. 
  13. Year 3 bridge funding is contingent upon meeting Years 1 and 2 milestones (see points 11-12, 14-15) and is available only by request. Awardees who are interested in obtaining Year 3 bridge funding must have proof of successful submission and sponsor interest (whether through feedback or scores).  If Year 3 is exercised, an additional final report will be required within 60 days.  All reports and requests should be submitted to cctr@seattlechildrens.org.
  14. Awardees are required to conduct meetings with external organizations, collaborators, and/or sponsors during the first year of this program.  Proof of these discussions is required to show milestone completion. 
  15.  By the end of Year 2, awardees should have submitted at least one major external application through CCTR.