The main objective of the Boston University Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Program is to catalyze transformative advances in both translational and basic diabetes research, expanding and broadening the innovative parent Joslin P&F program. The new program would be integrated into the parent Joslin P&F program and will adopt its administrative and scientific policies and infrastructure. The program will have two main components: a regional Computational Systems Biology program and a Boston University Medical Center based new investigator program. The majority of the researchers enrolled in the new Computational Systems Biology program are either new or well-established systems biology researchers at BU, MIT or Harvard with limited prior research in diabetes or metabolic diseases. Thus, the scientific benefits from this program are expected to be high since these researchers bring a substantial prior track record in systems biology or network research successfully applied in other biomedical areas, but they have not previously worked in the biology, genetics or translational aspects of diabetes. The BU Medical Center program will emphasize funding new investigators who work in areas complementary to the focus areas of the Joslin primary P&F program and will include cardiovascular complications related to diabetes and obesity.

Public Health Relevance

The new Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program at Boston University provides seed grants to attract new researchers to the diabetes field. It specifically funds 1. New investigators in the diabetes field who have not previously received substantial NIH funding;2. Experienced investigators in the diabetes field who wish to strike out in a novel direction;and 3. Investigators from other fields embarking on a diabetes-related project for the first time.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Type
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
5P30DK036836-27
Application #
8545776
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZDK1-GRB-S)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-09-01
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
27
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$260,728
Indirect Cost
$59,287
Name
Joslin Diabetes Center
Department
Type
DUNS #
071723084
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02215
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