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Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs -- Kidney Cancer Research Program -- Translational Research Partnership Award
The FY19 KCRP Translational Research Partnership Award supports partnerships between clinicians and research scientists that will accelerate the movement of promising ideas in kidney cancer toward clinical applications. This award supports the development of translational research collaborations between two independent, faculty-level (or equivalent) investigators to address a central problem or question in kidney cancer in a manner that would be less readily achievable through separate efforts. One partner in the collaboration must be a research scientist and the other must be a clinician. It should be clear that both have had equal intellectual input in the design of the research project. Multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged. At least one member of the partnership must have experience either in kidney cancer research or kidney cancer patient care. Inclusion of experts from outside the kidney cancer field is encouraged. A proposed project in which the clinical partner merely supplies tissue samples or access to patients will not meet the intent of this award mechanism.
Preliminary data to support the feasibility of the research hypothesis and research approaches are required; however, these data do not necessarily need to be derived from studies of kidney cancer.
Observations that drive a research idea may be derived from a laboratory discovery, populationbased studies, or a clinician’s firsthand knowledge of patients and anecdotal data. The ultimate goal of translational research is to move a concept or observation forward into clinical application that is relevant to active duty Service members, Veterans, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. However, members of the partnership should not view translational research as a one-way continuum from bench to bedside. The research plan must involve a reciprocal flow of ideas and information between basic and clinical science. There should be an intellectual synergistic partnership between the clinic and the laboratory.
The success of the project must be supported by the unique skills and contributions of each partner. The proposed study must include clearly stated plans for interactions between the Principal Investigators (PIs) and institutions involved. The plans must include communication, coordination of research progress and results, and data transfer. Additionally, multi-institutional applications must provide an intellectual property plan to resolve potential intellectual and material property issues and to remove institutional barriers that might interfere with achieving high levels of cooperation to ensure the successful completion of this award.
• Required Pre-Application Deadline: September 17, 2019
• Application Submission Deadline: October 1, 2019
The Initiating PI must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent.
The Partnering PI must be at or above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to be Partnering PIs. One partner in the collaboration must be a research scientist and the other must be a clinician.
The anticipated combined direct costs budgeted for the entire period of performance for an FY19 KCRP Translational Research Partnership Award will not exceed $600,000. Refer to Section II.D.5, Funding Restrictions, for detailed funding information.