The Investigator’s Guide to Grants and Contracts
This handbook provides overall assistance, as well as step-by-step guidance for investigators involved in sponsored research. Checklists, tips, protocols, and regulations are included to provide a comprehensive guide to grants and contracts.
Reference Guide for Project Close-Out (Financial & Administrative Activities)
This booklet provides an overview of the procedures involved in closing-out a sponsored project. Checklists, protocols, and regulations are included to assist investigators and administrators involved in sponsored research.
Research Seed Funding Available
The UIC Department of Pediatrics Seed Funding program aims to financially support necessary activities for research, such as development of research ideas, facilitating collaboration, study implementation and results dissemination, to advance competitive research proposals.
Who is Eligible?
Faculty within the UIC Department of Pediatrics are eligible to submit an application.
- Applicant completes application form and submits to Director of Research Administration
- A member of the Research Committee conducts a pre-review of the application. Any missing information or clarifications are sent back to the applicant.
- Once the application has completed the pre-review, it is presented to the Research Committee for a vote. The Committee meets monthly. If a vote is required more quickly or changes are requested, the vote can happen via email. Note that decisions may be delayed if the funds are low or if the Committee is attempting to accommodate high priority requests.
- The Associate Head of Research notifies the applicant of the decision. If money is awarded, the plan for payment is developed with the Director of Research Administration.
Click Below for Guidelines & Application
The Department of Pediatrics has access to multiple databases.
IRB approval is required for research but can be very daunting, especially for new investigators. UIC and the Department of Pediatrics offer numerous supports to investigators regarding IRBs. These are described in more detail in the Investigators Guide to Grants and Contracts. Forms and instructions are located from the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research [http://research.uic.edu/compliance/human-subjects-irb/forms]. When in doubt of what to do, contact the Department Director of Research Operations or reach out directly to a more senior investigator in the Department; most would be happy to share their experiences and copies of successful IRB applications.
Writing grants and reports can be difficult, especially for those who are new to research. Most sponsors have very strict formats that must be used. For example, the NIH requires all key personnel submit a biosketch, which is their version of a CV. A biosketch is very specific to each investigator and should be modified for each proposal. Other documents are less specific and can be applied to the entire department or university. Below are links to commonly used documents and scripts that can be used in grants. Because these documents can change frequently, we suggest you contact the Department Director of Research Operations for the most up-to-date language. For examples of actual grants, budgets, or reports, contact investigators directly. Most are happy to share.
Examples specific for the UIC Department of Pediatrics
The examples below were developed by faculty (successful in their grant applications) and compiled by the Department of Pediatrics Research Committee. These examples are commonly required in grant applications, particularly in NIH grants.
- Data Safety & Monitoring Plan (DSMP) Template Source: NIDDK DSMP Template
Resources from the NIH Webpage:
UIC’s CCTS was first funded by the NIH in 2009 as part of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. The CTSA network of over 60 medical research institutions- known as hubs- seek to accelerate the research process, enabling scientific discoveries to reach patients and populations faster. This unique hub structure enables research teams to tackle scientific and operational challenges in clinical and translational research that are best addressed by collaborative work. CTSA hubs work together locally and nationally to catalyze innovation in training, research tools and best research processes. As UIC’s hub for clinical and translational health research, the CCTS seeks to improve population health, particularly among minorities and underserved populations.