Temporary Suspension of New Resource Proposals (NRPs)

New Resource Proposals (NRPs) are a signature feature of the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology.  We believe that they are critically important for fueling innovative neuroscience research across WU. Unfortunately, due to current financial restrictions at WUSM, we need to temporarily suspend the NRP program. We will reevaluate quarterly throughout the coming fiscal […]

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Overview: The New Resource Proposal (NRP) mechanism is open to faculty at WU. Proposals should enhance or enable Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology research at WU, broadly defined and should ideally include a new collaboration, new line of research, or new resource that will benefit Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at WU. These requests should include documentation of the potential impact on stakeholders in the community and, ideally, shared financial or in-kind support from departments, cores or other sources at WU. Review and funding decisions will be flexible, opportunistic and rapid.

Eligibility: Applicants must be faculty at WU. If the applicant is an instructor or on a non-tenure track (clinical or research track), the request must include a letter of support from the applicant’s Department Head stating the department’s commitment to the applicant’s research career development at WU.

Budget: Requests are not bound by any fixed amount requirement. Funds may be used for relevant expenses of the project including salary support for personnel, although salary support for faculty is not typically allowed. Travel requests are not allowed, unless critical to the scientific goals of the project. Funds must be used within WU and cannot be sent to other institutions.

Additional Review Criteria: NRPs are not designed to provide bridge funding for a lab or project. The review committee favors NRPs providing evidence that resources will lead to new or expanded extramural funding, as well as projects that will benefit multiple WU investigators, and new collaborations. Priority is given to requests from junior faculty and to faculty who have not been recently received funding from either McDonnell Center.

Submission: There is no application form and no fixed deadlines. NRPs should be a single PDF sent to the Center Director, Paul Taghert, (taghertp@wustl.edu). The PDF should include a 1-2 page description of the proposed work that addresses the criteria described above; using additional pages include a brief budget and justification, NIH biosketch and Other Support for faculty, as well as any supporting letters and/or documentation. The Director will contact the applicant with any questions or initial feedback. If appropriate for an NRP, it will then be reviewed by the Steering Committee. Decisions typically are made quickly.