Application Deadline: September 1, 2018 @ 11:59 PM EDT (Applications for 2019 will be accepted after July 1, 2018)
The goal of the Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes. Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following areas:
Pathways and networks
Modeling and simulation
- To assist individuals beginning independent research careers in informatics at the faculty level.
Eligibility & Requirements
- Applicants will be judged on the scientific merit of the proposed research and degree of financial need.
- Those holding academic rank of assistant professor (or research assistant professor) within a tenure track (or research track) appointment, i.e., not instructor, are eligible to apply for a Research Starter Grant, providing their proposed research is neither directly nor indirectly subsidized to any significant degree by an extramural support mechanism.
- This program is not intended for those in postdoctoral training. However, individuals in postdoctoral training programs scheduled to conclude by January 1, 2018, who will hold an academic appointment by that time may apply.
- Applicants must be sponsored by the department or unit in which the proposed research is to be undertaken.
- Research projects that extend or develop the proprietary value of specific drug products will not be accepted.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 This program is not offered to augment an ongoing research effort. Eligible candidates will not have other substantial sources of research funding. Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research.
 Exceptions require written support from the department chairman stating this funding would promote the instructor into a regular tenure or research track appointment with the opportunity for promotion within the track.
 This exclusion does not preclude research in which specific drug products are used to test hypotheses that have general applicability.
- The grant provides funding of $100,000 for one year
- The grant is paid on a quarterly basis to the university on behalf of the applicant, with the understanding that the university will administer the funds.
- The funds have limited restrictions – a characteristic of the program.
- The funds may not be used for salary support of the grantee, but may be used to support technical assistance.
- The support of technical assistance may include the hourly wages of a technician; however the funds may not be used to provide fringe benefits or indirect costs for the technician
- $1,500 per year may be used for travel to professional meetings by the grantee.
- PhRMA Foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs or fringe benefits.
These funds are not transferable.
Research Starter Grant Application Checklist
Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or Biosketch
3. Extended Letter
This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are and to describe your career and future plans. Include a synopsis of your career, your professional interests, and your desired career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
4. Research Plan 
Prepare a comprehensive yet concise statement, not to exceed eight single-spaced pages (12-point font), including objectives and specific aims, background, significance, and rationale. Preliminary studies, as well as results (if available), should be included. Detail the research design and methodology. Please include separately, labelled paragraphs that specifically address 1) the novelty of the proposed research, and 2) opportunities to validate the results of the proposed research. Applicants should use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health. A bibliography of major references should be provided, but will not be included in the page limit.
The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description. Clearly identify other principals involved as collaborators in the project, the amount of time they will commit, and the amount of time you will commit. List by titles the funded research projects of each collaborator, the portion of time committed, and the amount and source of funds for these projects. Identify the amount of intramural support available for the proposed project, and other research efforts by budget categories and amounts. If the school makes the services of a technician available to the candidate, note this. Identify the part of the proposal that will be directly initiated or expedited by the Foundation’s funds.
The Advisory Committee that reviews each application places considerable emphasis on the quality of the research and training proposal. In describing the research and training plan, it is essential to document that guidance and departmental support will be available to ensure proper training in the techniques and principles of the specified area.
5. Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
6. Budget (no specific format required)
Submit a budget categorizing how grant funds will be used. List any other funding this project will receive, including startup funds for the applicant.
7. Department Chair Information and Letter of Reference
The head of the administrative unit in which the applicant reports, e.g. department chair, program director, center director, institute director, etc. should provide contact information.
This reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research. Please confirm that your department is responsible for the training in this discipline.
Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for support should be provided. If none are pending, please state this.
Provide contact information and a recommendation letter from a mentor or collaborator who will be directly involved in the research project.
9. Additional References
Provide contact information and reference letters from up to three individuals familiar with your scientific career.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for the chair, sponsor, and references. These individuals will receive a prompt from the system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application. The deadline date for letters and third-party materials is September 15, 2017.
Submit copies of relevant articles you have published.
 Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.