NIAID/NIH Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation (CMCR) Program
Call for Pilot Project Applications

Please review all information on this site before beginning the application process.

The Centers for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) are now accepting applications for pilot projects focused on practical approaches for radiation biodosimetry or the development of agents for the mitigation of acute or late radiation effects. See for information, including application forms and descriptions of the four current CMCRs.

The goal of this pilot project program is to foster novel ideas, develop or incorporate new technologies, and encourage collaborations with the CMCRs. PIs of pilots funded through this program in 2015 or later are not eligible to apply.

Proposals should be sent by 3/15/18 to Margaret Zhu at and should consist of items 1-15 below assembled in the following order into a single pdf document:

  1. Face Page
  2. Abstract (30 lines)
  3. Specific Aims and Milestones (1 page max.)
  4. Research Plan: Background/Preliminary Results, Research Design and Methods (3 pages max.)
  5. References Cited
  6. Detailed budget for year 1 (may use NIH format)
  7. Budget justification (for all years requested)
  8. NIH format Biographical sketch (including other support) for key personnel
  9. Resources and Equipment
  10. Protection of Human Subjects, if applicable
  11. Details of Vertebrate Animal Research, if applicable
  12. Letters of support (optional)
  13. Completed checklist

The proposals will be evaluated using standard NIH scoring criteria (Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, and Environment), with weighting given to both innovation and significant translational impact 1) in the context of potential contribution to the overall goals of the CMCRC, and 2) in the field of the proposed research. Note that your Research Plan should also address the NIH requirements concerning rigor and reproducibility.

Human use and animal protection documentation will be requested as appropriate from projects selected for funding on a “just in time” basis. Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Notes on the budget:

  • The maximum award is $100,000 per year (direct costs).
  • Funding will be awarded initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. For second year funding, milestones are very important, as these will be used as a benchmark of progress and future feasibility in review of first-year progress reports.
  • As per NIH guidelines, pilot budgets may not include sub-contracts.
  • As per NIH guidelines, the indirect rate for non-US applicants is capped at 8%.

Applications are due March 15, 2018
Anticipated project start date: August 1, 2018