Sept. 30, 2016: Deadline to apply for BUILD EXITO Pilot Project funding opportunity

by Michelle Saport  |   

BUILD EXITO is an undergraduate research training program that supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers. Portland State University (PSU) received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to serve as a center for innovation to help undergraduates, including those from diverse backgrounds, be successful in health research careers. PSU partners with nine other community colleges and universities, including University of Alaska Anchorage, to make that happen.

The BUILD EXITO Pilot Project initiative allows faculty at any BUILD EXITO institution to apply for funding for up to $50,000 to conduct research that will be completed within one year. In addition to giving students opportunities to work on research projects, and assist in the production of papers and proposals, these funds are "seed money" for faculty to build their careers through projects that could lead to future funded research. Faculty also receive support through the Pilot Project mechanism in preparing an R03-type proposal, in understanding the parts of a biomedical proposal, in designing a fundable research question, in responding to reviewers' comments, and through the opportunity to gather preliminary data for future research projects.

Any biomedical research is relevant for this mechanism-basic science, translational medicine, clinical medicine, social science research, population health and other related fields-are of interest. Pilot Projects can include feasibility studies, secondary analyses of existing data, small, self-contained research projects, or projects to develop new research methodologies or technology.

The BUILD EXITO Pilot Project RFA is now available and can be found here.

A one-page letter of intent is due Friday, Sept. 30, and is required in order to submit a full proposal, due no later than Friday, Dec. 2. Note that submission of an LOI is required.

Please visit the EXITO website for FAQs and a detailed description of this process. Please send additional questions to Leslie Bienen at

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