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Signature Programs Enhancement Initiative

College of Veterinary Medicine

1999 – 2000 Request for Proposals

Description: This is a request for proposals for the Signature Programs Enhancement Initiative administrated by the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the CVM Executive Committee (EC). This Initiative is intended to promote the advancement of Signature and Emerging Programs in the CVM toward national stature. Total funding available for 1999 - 2000 will be approaching $500,000. Proposals will be reviewed by the EC and given a preliminary ranking, then submitted to the Dean for final prioritization and funding decisions. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their department heads early in the proposal development process to optimize their probability for programmatic success.

The Signature Programs Enhancement Initiative will provide one-time funding to support research, teaching, and clinical activities within the CVM, particularly interdisciplinary activities. Funding may be spread over one to three years. The Principal Applicant, who is responsible for the implementation of the project, must be a member of the CVM. Collaborations with applicants outside the CVM are appropriate.

Areas that will be supported under this Initiative were those identified as Signature Programs by the Departments, EC, and Dean in the 1998 strategic planning process. These areas are listed below in an unprioritized order, together with examples of possible focuses in each area:

Biomedical Science undergraduate program (examples: pedagogy, improved use of information technology, new courses)

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (examples: clinical teaching/service, information management)

Reproductive Biology (examples: reproductive cell biology, reproductive physiology, teratology, developmental biology)

Equine Science (examples: performance, reproduction, physiology, disease)

Cardiovascular Science (examples: clinical cardiology, circulatory physiology and cardiac function, metabolism and nutrition, nephrology, respiratory medicine/biology)

Beef Cattle (examples: communication with and education of producers, preventive medicine/epidemiology, production, health care delivery and economics, infectious disease, genetics, food safety)

Pathobiology of Domestic Animals (examples: infectious disease, host-pathogen interactions, genetic manipulation of pathogens, genetic manipulation of hosts for disease resistance)

Veterinary Biotechnology and Genetics: Comparative Genomics (examples: biotechnology of reproduction, transgenics, disease resistance, gene mapping, informatics, pharmaceutical development based on genomic information)

Environmental Toxicology and Public Health (examples: food safety and food toxicology, epidemiology, molecular and cellular toxicology, reproductive toxicology, neurotoxicology, developmental toxicology, environmental remediation)


Promising, innovative proposals in the following Emerging Areas will be considered for funding:





Exotic Animals and Wildlife


Evaluation. The intent of the Initiative is to provide seed money for new or existing teams of investigators, clinicians, and/or teachers that will lead to significant development of a Signature Program or Emerging Program in the CVM. It is not the intent to replace funding for currently funded projects. Salaries for tenured and tenure-track faculty salaries may not be requested. The Dean and EC will consider the following factors in selecting projects for funding:

prospects for strengthening CVM Signature and/or Emerging Programs

scientific, clinical, or pedagogic merit of proposal

interdisciplinary/interdepartmental approaches

strength of applicant team

technical feasibility of the approach

justification of the budget

plan for outcomes assessment

leveraging of resources (personnel, equipment, time, and matching dollars)

non-overlap with existing funded projects

participation and employment of students from the veterinary curriculum. (new item)

Types of applications:

1.Individual proposal - funding request for a single project (may be multi-investigator and/or multidisciplinary)

2.Multi-project proposals - joint funding request for two or more related projects that are synergetic and that collectively enhance CVM Programs to a greater degree than the component projects if considered separately. A single cover page with one budget should be provided. Each project should also have an individual budget. A one-to-three page overview justifying the multi-project format must be included at the beginning of the narrative section. Each project may have a narrative up to three pages in length. Every project within a multi-project proposal disciplinary may or may not be funded, depending on its individual merits.

Application format:

A. Title page (use form provided or retype if necessary)

B. Current and pending support - Source, purpose, date, and amount for all current and pending support for this project C. Narrative - 3 page maximum in 10 point or larger type, one-inch margins, to include in the order listed:

1. Specific Aims - what you propose to accomplish

2. Background and Significance - why the proposed activity should be funded, including its relation to CVM Signature or Emerging Programs 3. Preliminary results - what the applicants have done to demonstrate feasibility of the project or their expertise in the area (this section is optional) 4. Methods - how and when the specific aims will be accomplished (brief description) 5. Expected results - what tangible results are expected and how outcomes will be assessed (including advances in teaching, generation of extramural support or clinical income, publications, impact on and prospects for achieving national distinction in the discipline, impact on CVM programs in 3-5 years, etc.) 6. Support from other units - what matching resources, if any, will be available from departments, TAES, clinical income, gifts, grants or other sources (people, equipment, time, and matching dollars) 7. Other potential support - how external continuation funding that will make the program self-supporting will be obtained, if applicable (strategy, target groups, and timetable for seeking funds)

D. Curriculum Vitae - 2 page vita for each investigator (Please use electronic form provided to each department)

E. Final/progress report for recipients of 1995 - 2000 CVM Enhancement Awards - required of all past recipients (Please use attached format)


Submit 14 copies by 5 pm December 19, 2000, to:

Ms. Kathie Henning
Administrative Assistant
Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Veterinary Medicine
MS 4461

Please remember that compliance protocol approval applies to all CVM internal funding as well as external funding. Along those lines, does your research involve:

University-Owned animals (i.e. those owned by the research facility)? If so, an Animal Care & Use Protocol form must be submitted to the University Laboratory Animal Care Committee, ULACC (c/o Ms. Melissa Taylor, 845-1828, Mail Stop 4473) for review. The ULACC approval letter or a copy of the Protocol with submission date must be included with your application.

Client-Owned animals? If so, a Clinical Research Review Committee (CRRC) application must be submitted to the CRRC (c/o Dr. Martha Huebner, 845-0742, Mail Stop 4461) for review. The CRRC approval letter or copy of the CRRC application with submission date must be included with your application.

Recombinant DNA? If so, an Institutional Biohazard Committee (IBC) form must be submitted to the IBC (c/o Dr. Van Wilson, 845-5207, Mail Stop 1114) for review. The IBC approval letter or copy of the IBC form with submission date must be included with your application.

Infectious agents? If so, an Infectious Agents form must be submitted to the Committee on Infectious Biohazards (c/o Dr. Tom Ficht, 845-4118 Mail Stop 4467) for review. The approval letter or a copy of the Infectious Agents form with submission date must be included with your application.

*Note: The compliance approvals MUST have the same title as your proposal.

You can obtain any of the above-listed required forms from the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine or via the Internet.

Compliance Forms



Animal Use Protocol (AUP)

Signature Programs