The Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) for Cancer Research Voucher Program is an internal funding mechanism designed to: (1) enable facility access to faculty whose project is not yet externally funded, (2) support extension of data for current projects, (3) raise awareness of the various SAIF resources available to researchers on campus, and (4) encourage use of SAIF resources and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations. The SAIF voucher program is supported in part by a core facility award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT, RP180670). Successful recipients of the voucher will include faculty members from different UT Dallas departments, programs, or schools. This program is well-suited to support the endeavors of those faculty with STEM backgrounds and project interests, although there is no limitation for faculty affiliations. In particular, the SAIF voucher program is suitable for PIs who wish to generate preliminary cancer-related imaging data prior to expiration dates of the voucher and participate in (oral presentation and/or student poster) during “Core Facilities Day”, which provides faculty, staff, and students an opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, and present their research. Vouchers will be issued and can only be used to support services and fees from the SAIF and for preapproved cancer-related imaging studies.
- Maximum allowable voucher value is $10,000.
- Duration of voucher will be 1 year from the issue date.
- Pending availability of funds, SAIF vouchers will be offered annually.
Submission deadline: August 31, 2021
Voucher start date: December 1, 2021
- The PI and if applicable, co-PI, must have a primary UT Dallas appointment and must be either tenured/tenure-track, or a Center Director.
- Adjunct faculty, affiliate faculty, visiting researchers, and postdocs are not eligible to serve as either PI or co-PIs but may participate in the proposed project.
- A faculty member may submit only one proposal as a PI or Co-PI during each submission period.
- Faculty participating in the review process are not eligible to apply concurrently for an SAIF voucher award.
- Previous SAIF voucher awardees (PI and co-PIs) may submit a new SAIF application no sooner than two calendar years from a prior award round. For example, a winner from fall 2021 would not be eligible to submit another application until fall 2023.
Required Submission Materials
Proposal documents should have 1-inch margins and use Arial 11-point font only. Upload one combined document (PDF format) with the following components:
- Summary. In 300 words or less describe the project, the potential impact, and the collaboration for a general audience.
- Proposal. Limited to three pages with the following section headings in sequence. The bibliography does not count against the page limit.
- Rationale and Vision. Explain the goal, the current state of the art, and how your interdisciplinary collaborative work is innovative.
- Research Plan. Provide a description of your research plan and explain what you need to accomplish including the SAIF resources and services that will be used, approximate number of hours required, total dollar amount needed, and timeline for SAIF use.
- Team. Explain why the project team has the background and abilities to pursue the project and become competitive for external funding in this cancer research area.
- Justification. Explain why a voucher grant is required to foster the proposed collaboration and how the award will increase likelihood of securing external funding.
- Participating Personnel. List participating faculty members, providing a clear explanation of each member’s role in the collaboration. Also list any named graduate students, postdocs, and/or research scientists who would need access to the SAIF.
- External Funding Opportunities. Limited to one page, summarize the external funding opportunities for which the voucher will enable pursuit of external funding. Include a timeline with milestones for development of one or more external proposals, names of potential sponsoring agencies, and relevant deadlines for those agencies.
- Biographical Sketch. Provide an updated Biosketch in NIH format for the Senior and key personnel. There is no page limit for this section.
- Current and Pending. Provide Current and Pending Support in NIH format for the Senior and key personnel. There is no page limit for this section.
Application Review Process and Evaluation Criteria
Applications will be reviewed by a committee compromised of UT Dallas faculty involved in cancer research and experienced users of the SAIF resources. Applicants will receive a brief list of strengths and weaknesses with a numerical rank (1 = highly meritorious and recommended for funding, 10 = low priority for application consideration). Awards will be announced following the completion of the reviews and funding will be available soon after. Evaluation criteria include:
- Relevance of project goals, plans, and expected outcomes to prepare the team for future external funding opportunities.
- Skills and abilities of the team.
- Targeted funding programs, associated funding levels, and timeline for pursuit.
- Extent that the voucher support is vital for the collaboration.
Upon award, you must submit the following information to the UT Dallas Office of Research:
- Within 1 month of project end: A two-page progress report including research outcomes, other outcomes (manuscripts submitted/presented, conference abstracts, etc.), and progress toward securing external funding. If either research progression or plans toward submission of proposals for external funding has been impacted, a clear explanation for the delay, and a mitigation plan is required.
- Recipients will serve on the following cycle SAIF for Cancer Research Voucher Program review panel. This means recipients cannot be PIs or collaborators on proposals submitted the cycle following the cycle in which there were awarded. By accepting an award, recipients agree to score and provide written comments on assigned proposals before the review deadline.
- Upon request, provide a brief platform or poster presentation within UT Dallas during a research symposium or other event to highlight the SAIF Voucher Program.
Other Terms and Conditions
- Vouchers will not be honored until all necessary compliance related approvals and training are acquired, such as IACUC or IBC.
- Use of vouchers must be initiated within 90 days from the voucher start date. Failure to do so may result in termination of the voucher.
- Funds expire and must be used within 12 months of award. No carryover of funds will be permitted.
- The SAIF Voucher Program must be acknowledged in any resulting publications, exhibitions, or events, including press releases, using the following language: “This project was funded (or partially funded) by The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Research through the SAIF Voucher Program and CPRIT RP180670.”
For further information, please contact Kenneth Hoyt, Director of the SAIF.