Guidelines for Applications

Proposals must be submitted electronically in pdf format.

Both Research Grant and Career Award proposals should include the SCIDRP application form (sections 1-9) located here and including the budget and detailed budget justification/itemization pages, followed by sections A-F below. The budget expenses should not exceed $250K per year. Note that all budget expenses must be described and justified in detail and must be for the proposed research project only and not for non-research expenses, including but not limited to items such as graduate student tuition and fees.

Please note:  A maximum of seven (Research Grants) or twelve (Career Award) single-spaced pages may be used for sections A-C below.  Item D, the nontechnical abstract, should be limited to a maximum of 250 words, also single-spaced, and appear on a separate page following the Bibliography. Sections A-D should be written with at least 11-point font, single-spaced and appear on pages with at least 3/4" margins. Pages in sections A-D should be numbered sequentially, starting with the Introduction (p. 1). For proposals that are being resubmitted, applicants are allowed one page, placed before the Introduction, to address the reviewers' comments. In general, the number of submissions for a given proposal is limited to three (3) times.

A. Introduction: Describe what Specific Aims you want to address with this study, how these Aims are related to injuries and/or diseases of the spinal cord, what your hypotheses are about these questions, how they will be tested, and why the results will be important to individuals with spinal cord injuries or spinal cord diseases. Also, if submitting a Career Award, please address the following criteria for this funding mechanism: well-established investigators who have had extended and highly productive careers working in the areas of spinal cord injuries and/or spinal cord diseases. Explain why a SCIDRP Career Award is more appropriate than a regular Research Grant. Finally, for both Research Grant and Career Award proposals, please explain how funding from the SCIDRP will be leveraged to secure future support from external grant agencies.

B. Experimental Design and Methods: Describe the research design and the experiments that you will use to accomplish the Specific Aim(s) of the project. Describe how the data will be collected, what results are expected from the studies, what statistical methods you will use to help interpret the results, and how the results will advance the field. Describe any new methodology you will use, and its advantages over existing methodologies. Discuss any potential pitfalls you foresee in the design and methodology, and what alternate approaches you would use to achieve your aims. Point out any procedures that may be hazardous to personnel, particularly if human subjects are involved, and what precautions will be taken to ensure their safety.

C. Bibliography: A numbered list of complete references, including full titles, should be included in the bibliography section, and references should be cited in the text with numbers.

D. Nontechnical Abstract (separate page, 250 word limit): Be sure to include in this abstract your perception as to how this research project meets the objectives of the SCIDRP as stated above. Keep in mind that the material in this section may be used in describing your research to the educated, lay public, and use terms, descriptions and explanations that would be appropriate in such a context.

E. Principal Investigator's Curriculum Vita/Resume (3-page limit per investigator or co-investigator).

F. Appendices. Include only unpublished material and only if it is essential for the review of the proposal. Do not include reprints of published work. The biographical sketches of other investigators/collaborators on the project may be included here.

Compliance with Oversight Committees

If your proposal involves human subjects, vertebrate animals, rDNA or biohazards or export controls or select agents, approval must be obtained from the oversight committees at your institution or facility. Verification must be received in the designated campus official's office prior to setting up an account.

Instructions for Submittal:

An email must be sent to Ashley Wilson with a PDF of your original proposal (do not send PDFs of scanned or photocopied versions of the proposal).

In addition, one hard copy with appropriate signatures must be sent to:

Ashley Wilson
Funding Programs Assistant
UM System Office of Academic Affairs
309 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

**Proposals from University of Missouri faculty must be submitted through their campus's Office of Research.

Also available is a sample grant review form giving the criteria that will be used by the reviewers who will be evaluating your proposed project. You might find it helpful to keep these in mind as you prepare your proposal.

Proposals not adhering to the SCIDRP rules and guidelines will be returned without review.


Reviewed 2015-06-19

Reviewed 2015-06-18.