UIHC-CCOM Research Boost Grants 2019

University of Iowa Health Care and the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine announce an internal funding opportunity for UIHC-CCOM investigators seeking to revise an NIH R01 or R01-equivalent proposal. 


The purpose of this program is to enhance competitiveness of revised (i.e., A1) NIH grant applications for funding. UIHC-CCOM Research Boost Grants would provide interim support for investigators to address critiques of a grant application that has undergone peer review, but have not received a fundable score.


  • Principal investigators who have submitted major NIH proposals and received their summary statement within the past 12 months.
  • Applicants may be principal investigators on R01s or R01-equivalents (e.g., research component of PPG).
  • The applicant must have a plan to address critiques of the original (i.e. A0) application for submission of the revised grant within 12 months of the start date of the UIHC-CCOM award.
  • Principal investigator must be a faculty member in the UI Carver College of Medicine. Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors in the tenure, clinical and research track are encouraged to apply.
  • Co-investigators may be non-faculty members residing outside the CCOM.
  • Additional sources of research funding do not exclude eligibility.

Selection Criteria 

  • The applicant’s plan to strengthen the proposed research in response to reviewer critiques to make a more competitive grant application. High priority will be given to plans that can address concerns with the Approach section with the addition of preliminary data and/or publications as compared to A0 grants that were criticized mainly for the Significance of the project.
  • The applicant’s record of sustained productivity.


  • Up to $75,000 for R01s or individual research components of PPGs
  • Faculty salary and equipment will not be supported.
  • Acknowledging that early preparation and expert scientific guidance aid in the preparation of successful grant applications, a portion of the award must be used to engage the CCOM Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core in support of the A1 submission.
  • A report summarizing progress, and how the above award influenced the A1 submission will be required after one year this award is made. A summary of grant proposals submitted (including scores and funding decision, if available) will be due after the second year.

Proposal Requirements 

  1. Original grant proposal, including the NIH Biosketch(s) of PIs and CoPI/MultiPI. This can be downloaded from your eRA Commons as the ‘e-application’ by going to the ‘Status’ Tab and clicking on ‘List of Applications/Awards’.
  2. Summary statement.
  3. Letter that describes the issues and criticism raised in the summary statement for the A0 application that includes an outline of the discrete plan to improve the grant for the A1 submission (up to 2 pages). Focus on discrete experiments or development of specific methods or tools that need to be accomplished to address the key score-driving weaknesses identified by the scientific review panel that evaluated the original proposal.
  4. Date of the anticipated A1 submission.
  5. Summary of Current, Pending, and Previous funding from extramural and intramural sources (Internal funding includes sources such as start-up, pilot or bridge funding).

Submit application via InfoReady: https://uiowa.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1803536. Questions should be directed to Erin Brothers, Research Administrator, at erin-brothers@uiowa.edu.

Proposal due dates: January 31, 2020