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Aimee L. McRae-Clark,
PharmD, BCPP

Clinical Neuroscience Division
Associate Professor, Departments of
Psychiatry and Neurosciences



Specialized Center of Research (SCOR)
on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women's Health

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FALL 2014
Request For Pilot Project Proposals 
Focused on Sex and Gender-Related Issues in Neuroscience

The purpose of the Pilot Program is to provide short-term start-up funds to promising postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (less than 5 years from post-doctoral training/terminal degree) at MUSC to collect initial data for an RO3, R21, or R01 submission. The project must focus on a neuroscience-related topic and explore either sex/gender differences or disorders/treatments as they uniquely relate to women. The project can be either clinical or basic science, but consistent with the NIH Roadmap Initiative and the vision of MUSC’s South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR). Projects involving multidisciplinary teams and/or translational research efforts are especially encouraged.

Eligibility:Currently salaried postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty
Proposal Receipt Date:November 3, 2014, 12:00 PM
Award Notification:December 2014
Expected Funding Date:January 1, 2015
Funding Limit:$15,000 (direct costs only)
Funding Period:January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

To apply, please upload the following documents using the link provided below between the dates of October 1- November 3, 2014:

1.  Submit a description (maximum of 5 pages) of your project using the following format:

  1. Statement of the Problem / Background
  2. Primary hypothesis to be tested
  3. Methods to be used
  4. Significance of the project and relationship to sex and gender research
  5. Clear description of how the pilot project will lead to extramural grant funding

2.  Postdoctoral fellows must also submit a letter of support from the faculty mentor supervising the project.

3.  Submit an NIH-type bio-sketch for the applicant. Postdoctoral fellows should also submit the mentor’s bio-sketch.

4.  Submit a budget (using the PHS398 form) and a brief budget justification.
Recall that budgets can be no more than $15,000 and cannot provide funds for major equipment, travel, or salary support for the applicant or other faculty. Registration fee may be purchased for one conference at which the project PI will present SCOR Pilot project data.  


Please address inquiries to:
Sarah S. Gainey, MSW, LISW-CP
Coordinator, Women’s Research Center  
(843) 792-8207

Funding provided by NIDA/ORWH (5P50 DA016511-12), in partnership with MUSC