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Asset Mapping

Neuro InitiativeIn Phase I (asset mapping), we administered a University-wide survey which identified approximately 200 researchers at USF and the James A. Haley VA Hospital  interested in becoming members of the USF NSC. Based upon the principle interests declared by individual faculty in the survey, clusters of shared interest were identified.

Approximately 56% of the respondents identified their principle interest in one of the top six primary clusters. This grant program, which provided funding for new collaborative research programs, marked the start of Phase II.

Funding of Grants

The principal investigators (at least 2)applying for the grants were new collaborators defined as: Researchers who have not co-authored a paper reporting the results of a joint research project in the topic area of the submission within the past 5 years. Collaborations involving researchers from different departments and different colleges were given higher priority for funding than projects involving collaborations within the same departments and colleges.  Principal Investigators held USF faculty appointments for all grants except:

  1. USF-Industry Collaborative Award, which included at least one USF faculty member and an industry partner.
  2. USF-Veterans Affairs Collaborative Award, which included at least one USF faculty member as a Principal Investigator, and a second Principal Investigator who could be appointed at the VA without a concurrent USF appointment.
1) Primary Cluster Seed Grants($50,000/year for two years)

This project met the Shared Criteria AND involved a project from one of the following six primary clusters:
Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mood Disorders/Addiction Medicine, Movement Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke. One award was granted in each of the six primary cluster areas, and was contingent upon at least one application in each area deemed sufficiently meritorious by external review.

 
2) Secondary Cluster Seed Grants($50,000/year for two years)

This project met the Shared Criteria AND involved a project area outside of the six primary clusters.  Two awards were granted to projects in topic areas outside the primary cluster areas, after receiving applications deemed sufficiently meritorious by external review.

 
3) Young Investigator Collaborative Grant($50,000/year for two years)

This project met the Shared Criteria AND included a faculty member at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level, who was no more than 5 years from completion of training, as one of two Principal Investigators. One Young Investigator Award was granted, and was contingent upon at least one application submitted that was deemed sufficiently meritorious by external review.

 
4) USF-Industry Collaborative Grant($25,000/year for two years)

This project met the Shared Criteria AND included a project with an industry partner AND included matching funding from the industry partner. One USF-Industry Collaborative award was granted, and was contingent upon at least one application submitted that was deemed sufficiently meritorious by external review.

 
5) USF-VA Collaborative Grants($25,000/year for two years)

This project met the Shared Criteria AND addressed research on the nervous system designed to improve the health and quality of life of veterans. Projects that included matching funds from the VA were given greater priority for funding. Two USF-VA Collaborative awards were  granted,  and were contingent upon receipt of applications  deemed sufficiently meritorious by external review.

 
6) Collaborative Workshop/Symposium Grants($25,000/workshop; one time awards)

This grant supported a Scientific Workshop initiated by USF faculty, which included a group of USF and non-USF investigators, for the purpose of developing high caliber scientific collaborative projects and grant proposals. Two awards were granted, and were contingent upon receipt of applications deemed sufficiently meritorious by external review.