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2016 ICTS Special Pilot in Biomedical and Health Informatics


The ICTS is pleased to announce a special call for a Pilot Project focused on Biomedical and Health Informatics. The ICTS will be offering one, one-year award in the amount of *$20,000 for an innovative, translational informatics project. The funding period is April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017.


Eligible Projects


A translational project is defined as any project aimed at accelerating the transition from discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or population studies into clinical applications. Potential topics for this special pilot on Biomedical and Health Informatics include, but not limited to:


  • Novel ways for secondary use of structured or unstructured healthcare data, such as predictive modeling, data/text mining, and natural language processing
  • Informatics innovations designed to facilitate the conduct of clinical and translational research, such as applications for enhancing standardization and reusability of patient care data, and applications for improving the efficacy of patient screening, recruitment, and engagement and retention
  • Computational medicine and bioinformatics
  • Consumer/personal health informatics and community health informatics
  • Security and privacy and confidentiality protection


Principal Investigators (PIs) must be full-time UCI faculty from any school or discipline; junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply, but established investigators pursuing novel research lines are also welcome.


* Please note that before funds can be released to an awarded application, all required approved IRB and/or IACUC documents must be in place (as well as all other internal regulatory approvals)and an administrative approval by the NIH (that will be requested directly by the ICTS office) is also required.


Application Materials


  • Abstract
    • A brief description of the research plan limited to 1 page with font no smaller than 11 points and 0.5 inch margins.
      • Must included Specific Aims of the project
  • Biosketch of PI (NIH or NSF format)
  • Research plan (3–5 pages, plus references)
    Must include explanation of the following:
    • Why the project fits the definition of translational science, or will produce knowledge or applications to facilitate translational science research
    • Detailed plan and timeline for future extramural fund application(s)
  • Budget and Budget Justification (itemized, 1 page maximum)
    Must clearly state the following:
    • Total budget for the project
    • Amount requested from the ICTS
    • Matching amount committed by Home Department (If available)
  • UCI Financial Disclosure (Form 800) http://research.uci.edu/forms/docs/coi/PHS-Disclosure-Form-800.doc
  • Home department letter of support, stating availability of matching funds (if available)


* ICTS funds cannot be used to support the PI’s salary, computer purchases, or travel. Other personnel salaries are allowable.


Regulatory Approval: Please note that while having regulatory approval (IRB, IACUC) is not necessary at the time of submission, awarded funds will not be released, by NIH mandate, until such approval has been receive.


Notification Emails for Receipt of Proposal


A notification email indicating the receipt of your protocol will be sent within 24 hours of submission. If you have not received an email, please contact April Bagaporo (abagapor@uci.edu).


Milestones and Monitoring


Before funds are released, a meeting between the awardee, the department sponsor, a department financial analyst, and ICTS staff will set specific milestones to gauge project progression. Continuation of support throughout the entire award period will be contingent upon meeting the project’s goals in a timely manner.


Review Process


Review criteria will include:


  • Overall project scientific merit
  • Translational nature of the project
  • Scientific environment
  • Project feasibility within the proposed time frame
  • Likelihood of generating extramural funding
  • Intrinsic scientific strength and innovation of the research plan
  • Significance and impact of the proposed research
  • Qualifications of the PI


For more information, please contact April Bagaporo at abagapor@uci.edu.


To apply, please click on www.icts.uci.edu/grants (A valid UCI NetID will be required).




Monday, March 14 , 2016; 5:00 p.m.