Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health | Lubbock
LWBIWH/UMC Research Scholars & Seed Grant Programs
The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and University Medical Center are pleased
to announce the LWBIWH/UMC Research Scholars and Seed Grant programs for 2016. The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health and the UMC Women's
Health Committee share the goal of advancing multi-disciplinary science in women's
health and promoting the well-being of women through research, education and patient
Research Scholars Program: The Research Scholars program (up to $20,000 over 2 years) is an opportunity to identify and support clinical
faculty who are developing longitudinal (2-year) projects in women's health or gender
differences. This program provides funding, research support, and other resources
to assist clinical faculty with career interests in women's health/ gender-specific
scholarship, and whose efforts can serve as the core of our continuing research focus
in Lubbock. Suitable projects include patient-oriented research, as well as epidemiological,
behavioral, or health services studies. Research Scholars funding will be distributed
as grants of up to $20,000 each, distributed over 2 years (up to $10,000 in each year).
Preference will be given to those projects that involve clinical settings at TTUHSC
Seed Grant Program: The goal of the Seed Grant program (up to $20,000 over 1 year) is to identify and fund research projects that
have the highest likelihood of leading to strong extramural grant applications. The
program supports clinical or basic sciences faculty or faculty teams that are developing
pilot or preliminary studies. Projects submitted for seed grant funding from this
initiative must focus specifically on women's health and/or gender differences. Suitable
projects include clinical or health services studies as well as those that use animal,
theoretical or laboratory models. Seed Grant funding will be distributed as grants
of up to $20,000 each for a period of 1 year.
Preference will be given to projects that have a clear clinical focus and design,
including collaborations that involve clinician faculty as investigators and those
that take advantage of clinical settings at TTUHSC or UMC. Projects that involve
collaborative teams are particularly encouraged.
Funding Available: We anticipate having $70,000 available in 2016 to support the LWBIWH/UMC Research
Scholars and Seed Grant programs. We urge applicants for both programs to indicate
the most realistic budget possible so that we can spread our resources as far as possible.
Faculty or graduate student salaries may not be paid from Seed Grant funds, although
salaries for direct technical support will be considered. No funds may be used to
pay clinical charges to another department. The Committee will carefully review the
proposed budget relative to the research plan and recommend budget amounts accordingly.
Application & Reporting Process: Applicants for both programs must submit a pre-proposal form that includes a project
summary of up to 5000 characters. Investigators submitting pre-proposals with the
highest ratings will be asked to submit full proposals. Principal Investigators of
successful projects will be expected to make regular progress reports and a final
grant report. Grantees also may be asked to make a presentation regarding their project
and research during a LWBIWH event. Publications or presentations arising from funded
projects should acknowledge the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health and UMC
Health System and include the LWBIWH logo, if appropriate.
Submission Eligibility: The PI must have a primary faculty appointment and more than 50% employment on the
Lubbock campus of TTUHSC and should not be considered in training. A faculty member
may submit only one application as a PI to the Women's Health Seed Grant or Research
Scholar programs, but may serve as a Co-Investigator on another Grant application.
For more information, contact Dr. Betsy Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org 806-743-6128
Application Due Dates:
· December 7, 2015 Pre-proposal Forms due by 5:00 PM (Date extended to December 10th)
· December 15, 2015 Notification of review results and full proposals requested from
· January 8, 2016 Full proposals due by 5:00 PM
· January 22, 2016 Notification of awards
· January 2016 Funding available
Please e-mail your completed pre-proposal form to Betsy Goebel Jones, EdD (email@example.com), with a copy to Maggie Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Review Criteria: Review of applications at both the pre-proposal and proposal level will assess the
- Relevance to differences in sex/gender and/or women's health
- Potential significance of the study
- Quality of the proposal
- Appropriateness of the budget
- Potential to generate future extramural funding (Seed Grant proposals)
Project Support: Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the resources provided by the TTUHSC
Clinical Research Institute. The Institute potentially can provide assistance with
experimental design, and if a grant is awarded, the submission to the IRB, enrollment
of subjects and other aspects of the conduct of the study. Contact Josie Martinez
(email@example.com) to set up a meeting with either Dr. Lorenz Lutherer or Cathy Lovett to discuss how
the Institute can assist you.
Download the LWBIWH/UMC Seed Grant & Research Scholars Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
In the Pre-Proposal form, type or paste in a project summary that addresses the following:
1) Specific Aims; 2) Background and Experimental Approach; 3) Research Personnel;
4) Significance for Women's Health; and 5) Plans for Publication and Prospects for
Long-Term Project Development or External Funding (limit 5000 characters and spaces).
The form field will expand to fit your text, up to 5000 characters and spaces. Please
use non-scientific language for your project summary. The initial review will be conducted
by a team that includes basic scientists, clinicians, educators, and lay persons from
Be sure to Save-As your Pre-Proposal Form so that the PI's name is in the file name.
Complete the brief online application HERE and upload the Pre-Proposal Form by December 7, 2015 (Extended to December 10th).