University of Southern California



Slots:                                                     One                      
Nomination per School:               One
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           October 14, 2013
External Deadline:                          AIDS : January 7, 2014
Award Information:                        Type:  New, Renewal, Resubmission, Revision
Estimated Number of Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. However, NCCAM anticipates making approximately 2 – 3 awards yearly for the duration of this FOA.
Anticipated Amount: It is strongly recommended that applicants not request a budget of more than $1,250,000 in direct costs per year. These costs are exclusive of subcontract facilities and administrative costs. The maximum project period for these awards is 5 years. Starting with new and renewal P01 grants reviewed and funded in fiscal year 2013, only one more renewal will be allowed.

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). CV – 4 pages maximum.

Link to Award:

Purpose: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to enable submission of applications that propose to conduct research that is of high-priority to NCCAM that requires synergistic collaboration between outstanding scientists, and the synthesis of multiple research approaches by multi-disciplinary research teams. The CERC mechanism is designed to support research in which the funding of three or four synergistic, highly meritorious projects as a group offers significant scientific advantages over support of the same projects as individual research grants.  Each CERC must consist, throughout the duration of the award, of three or four research projects, focused on basic, mechanistic, and/or translational research questions relevant to the research priorities described in the current NCCAM Strategic Plan.

For a successful CERC application, the relevant research area(s) must be sufficiently mature to be able to effectively leverage this multi-project mechanism.


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