Application Information for 2017 NIDUS Pilot Grants

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NIDUS (Network for Investigation of Delirium across the U.S.) will be offering monetary pilot awards for new research projects related to delirium.  The purpose of these awards will be to support pilot studies to encourage innovative research targeting priority areas of delirium investigation. Two grants of $50,000 each (total direct costs) will be awarded in 2017. Indirect costs are supported. Awardees will be notified October 31, 2017. Two application tracks are available: junior investigator track and established investigator track.
Junior Investigator Track: The Junior Investigator Track is aimed for new investigators who plan to dedicate a significant portion of their professional effort on delirium. A Junior Investigator’s application requires commitment of a mentor and a statement on career development plans.
Established Investigator Track: The Established Investigator Track is aimed at experienced researchers who aim to use the pilot money to develop ongoing scientific investigations to further delirium research.
The selected priority areas for this year will include: (1) risk factors, prognosis, outcomes; (2) pathophysiology, mechanisms, biomarkers, genomics and other –‘omics’ approaches; (3) diagnostic tools and phenomenology; (4) clinical interventions for prevention and treatment.
Eligibility criteria:
Proposal must be related to delirium research
Proposal must include the following sections:
  • Abstract (1/2 page max)
    • Study title
    • Abstract
  • Science (3 pages max)
    • Specific aims/hypothesis
    • Importance of project for the candidate’s career development (Junior Track) and/or for the overall research goals (Established Track)
    • Background and significance
    • Research design and methods: Include study design, sample inclusion and exclusion criteria, statistical analysis and sample size and power considerations
    • Study strengths and limitations
    • How proposal will lead to future funding
  • Statement on Career Development Plans (1 page max – For Junior Investigator Track Only)
  • Appendices
    • Reference list
    • Mentor statement (1 page max – For Junior Investigator Track Only) and NIH Biosketch
    • Applicant’s NIH Biosketch
    • Key research team members’ NIH Biosketches
    • Resources and Environment (1pg)
    • Budget for pilot (Up to $50,000)
    • Budget justification (2 page max), including description and justification of research team
Proposals will be evaluated based on:
  1. Significance
  2. Investigator(s)
  3. Innovation
  4. Approach
  5. Feasibility
  6. Environment
  7. Career Development (for Junior Investigator Track Only)

View the NIDUS Pilot Grant Review Form in PDF

Submission instructions:

Please submit your proposal in Microsoft Word format (abstract + 3 pages + appendices + 1 page career development plan (for Junior Investigator Track only).  Proposals should be in 11 point Arial font, with one inch margins on all sides.  Please include a cover sheet containing the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. Your institution and mentor(s) for Junior Investigator only
  3. Contact information (email address, phone number, mailing address)
  4. Title of project
 Applications are due by Tuesday August 15, 2017, 5 p.m. EST No late applications will be accepted.
 Email your application to the NIDUS Program Coordinator, Kristen Erickson, at
Please use the subject line “2017 NIDUS Grant Award Application”