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Diabetes Interdisciplinary Studies Program (DISP)

The Diabetes Interdisciplinary Studies Program (DISP) is sponsored by the Michigan Diabetes Research Center (MDRC), the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC), and the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR).  Its purpose is to promote new interdisciplinary collaboration between at least TWO members of the University of Michigan faculty from DISTINCT disciplines to focus their combined research strengths on cutting-edge areas in diabetes research. The intent is to foster synergistic collaboration between faculty members to advance scientific inquiry.

Grant proposals may be in areas of basic biomedical research, or in clinical, behavioral, epidemiological, health services, or type T2 translational research and should address key questions in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, or control of diabetes, its complications, or related endocrine or metabolic disorders (for example: obesity, metabolic syndrome, counter-regulatory proteins). The goal of the DISP is to enable investigators to generate a sufficient body of preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from NIH or other national granting agency.  Type 2 translational research projects should focus on the translation of research advances into clinical practice and include the identification of barriers to widespread adoption of new science and the testing of interventions to overcome these barriers.

A minimum of two Co-Investigators are required for DISP applications.  Individuals who have full-time instructional, research or clinical track faculty positions at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply as Co-Principal Investigators.  The intent of this grant is to foster new collaborations on campus.  However, applications for new research initiatives from productive ongoing collaborations will also be considered.  Each Co-Principal Investigator must provide critical intellectual as well as technical input into projects funded by a DISP grant.  Individuals who receive a DISP Grant are not eligible to receive an MDRC- MCDTR Pilot/Feasibility Study Grant in the same year.

Applications must be prepared using new 2014-15 DISP P/F application. An application form can be obtained at the UMMS Competition Space, Office of Research, U-M Medical School. Proposals should be for one year of support, with requested funding up to $100,000.  Funds may be requested for supplies or salary support for a study coordinator, research assistant or trainee.  Up to $10,000 per PI can be used for salary support for young clinical investigators doing translational (T1 or T2) research.  Funds may not be applied to salary support for senior Principal Investigators or Principal Investigators doing biomedical research, travel expenses or purchase of equipment (i.e., durable items costing over $5000).

Each proposal will receive peer review by a group of recognized experts in the area of the proposal from the United States and abroad.  It is anticipated that at least one project will be selected for funding effective in January 2014.

Duration: One year
Amount: Up to $100,000
Application deadline: 5 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2014
Funding begins:
January 2015

APPLICATION and more information
Questions: Barbara Hawkins, 763-2561 or