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Submission & Review Process

The proposal submission and review process will occur in two stages, involving pre- proposals and full proposals.

Pre-proposals:
Pre-proposals must be no longer than 3 pages, not including references, budget and budget justification, abiding by NIH formatting requirements (using Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger, on standard size (8 1⁄2" x 11") paper, with at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages).

Each pre-proposal should contain the following sections:

  • Project team with affiliations
  • Overview, significance, and potential impact of the proposed work
  • Background and prior or preliminary work supporting the proposed research
  • Project plan
  • Innovation of the proposed research
  • Anticipated deliverables including at least 1 draft manuscript at the end of the project
  • Connection of the proposed project with the vision of the Center and potential areas 
of collaboration you can envision in the Center
  • References
  • Approximate budget and budget justification 


Pre-proposals are due March 20, 2015, and should be submitted as a PDF document via email to: CNLM@illinois.edu. 

All pre-proposals will be reviewed by the CNLM’s Directors and Executive Committee. The next stage will involve either an invitation to submit a full proposal version of the successful pre-proposal, or the invitation to submit a full proposal that combines one or more other successful pre-proposals. In the latter case, the invitation to join forces with other proposers will be accompanied by additional instructions and suggestions. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent on or by April 20, 2015.

Full proposals:
Full proposals must be no longer than 5 pages not including references, biosketches, budget, and budget justification, abiding by NIH formatting requirements (using Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger, on standard size (8 1⁄2" x 11") paper, with at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages). The budget must be submitted to the Beckman Institute business office no less than 10 days before the proposal deadline.

Each full proposal should contain the following sections:

  • Project team with affiliations and explanation of skill sets
  • for proposals with a nutritional intervention component, an AN scientist may be included as a co-investigator if he or she will significantly contribute to the research; we encourage substantive consultation with AN in advance of proposal submission about the details of the intervention, which should be documented in the proposal
  • inclusion of a subawardee requires prior approval by the Directors
    Overview, significance, and potential impact of the proposed work
    Background and prior or preliminary work supporting the proposed research
  • Project plan
  • Innovation of the proposed research
  • Expected milestone deliverables, which must include at least 1 draft manuscript at the end of the project
  • Connection of the proposed project with the vision of the Center and potential areas 
of collaboration you can envision in the Center
  • References
  • NIH-style biosketches for each Investigator
  • Full budget and budget justification (costed-out via the Beckman business office) but excluding AN co-investigators, if any

Full proposals are due on May 20, 2015, and should be submitted as a PDF document via email to: CNLM@illinois.edu. Proposals will be reviewed and discussed by the CNLM’s Directors and Executive Committee. Proposals will receive multiple reviews, including by reviewers external to the Executive Committee, taking full advantage of the expertise of University of Illinois and Abbott researchers, in advance of discussion by the Executive Committee. Any Directors, Executive Committee members, Illinois or Abbott researchers with a stake in any given proposed project (as researcher and/or as recipient of funds) will be excused from reviewing, discussing, and voting on that proposal. 


Decisions regarding awardees, and the budget and term of awards, will be announced on or by June 19, 2015, with funding expected to start on August 16, 2015.

Schedule:
Deadline for receipt of pre-proposals: March 20, 2015
Invitations for full proposals: April 20, 2015
Deadline for receipt of full proposals: May 20, 2015
Announcement of awards: June 19, 2015
Initiation of projects: August 16, 2015

Visit the Resources page for helpful templates to assist in submitting proposal information.

Review Criteria
Review of proposals that meet application conditions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of proposal and credentials of the PIs and research team
  • Potential significance and impact
  • Alignment with strategic vision both of CNLM and AN
  • Interdisciplinary focus
  • Feasibility
  • Builds CNLM capacity and enhances CNLM portfolio 


Funding prioritization will be based upon integration of the above factors.

Other Information
The majority of projects will not require confidentiality agreements. Abbott has the right to exclusively license any technology that is developed or discovered through research funded by the research competition. 


Questions regarding the proposal requirements, timing or process can be sent directly to CNLM@illinois.edu.