Answers to some Frequently-Asked-Questions about the NIDUS Pilot Awards

[updated 10/30/19]

Applications for the 2019 NIDUS Pilot Grant Awards are due Thursday, Nov. 7 2019. We have compiled responses to some NIDUS Pilot Grant FAQs here to help assist applicants during the process. If you have additional questions or would like further clarification, please contact Applicants may also be interested in reviewing the video or slides from our informational webinar overview, accessible through the NIDUS Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core webpage.

Can budget be used to cover salary?

Does budget have to include salary?

  • No, the budget does not need to cover salary. If salary is covered through other sources, please make note of this in your budget justification.

How long is the budget period? What is the earliest possible start date?

  • The budget period should be for 1 year.
  • The earliest planned start date would be April 1, 2020.

Are indirect (F&A) costs covered?

  • Yes, indirect or F&A costs up to 63% (U.S. Institutions) or 8% (foreign institutions) are allowable.

Can letters of support be included with the application?

  • Yes, letters of support from co-investigators, institutional support or other relevant parties may be included in the appendix section. Each letter should be no longer than 1 page.

Do international applications need to include a collaborator at a U.S. institution?

  • No, international applicants are not required to include any U.S.-based collaborators on their applications.

Who is involved in the review process?

  • A committee of NIDUS leaders as well as additional respected leaders in the field of delirium on an ad hoc basis. The review process is also overseen by NIH program officials to ensure that it is a rigorous process.

Will all applicants be notified of their status, or just awardees?

  • All applicants will be notified of their status at the conclusion of the review process in March, 2020. All applicants will also receive comments from reviewers at the conclusion of the award process, although there may be a delay between notification and distribution of comments due to processing time.

Are postdoctoral fellows eligible to apply for the Junior Investigator Track?

  • Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply, although applicants should note that funding is highly competitive. Please note that applicants should have at least 50% protected time for research.

How much funding can I allocate for travel?

  • Awardees can add a maximum amount of $1,500 for travel. Each awardee is expected to present their findings at the annual NIDUS Scientific Symposium, traditionally held in conjunction with the American Delirium Society Annual Meeting at the end of their pilot year. The travel funds should be used for the NIDUS Scientific Symposium attendance or attendance of a meeting of the American Delirium Society (ADS).

Award Conditions:

Pilot awards will be issued as subcontracts to the primary institution of the faculty. Payments will be made in USD via check on a monthly or quarterly basis. Institutions who are not able to receive checks are not eligible to receive the award.

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