Do NOT submit your full application first. There is a 2-stage application process.

First, submit a one-page letter of intent (LOI) and a one-page summary of Specific Aims (SA). Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please see the 2020 Application Instructions for the application process timeline.

NIH-format biosketches are required for the PI and co-investigators. If you wish, you may include biosketches for any collaborators to demonstrate that investigators have the needed expertise for the project. All biosketches have a 5-page limit.

Doctoral students and postdocs may work on the pilot project as research contributors or co-investigators, but cannot be listed as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI).

USC Investigators do not need to include indirect costs or submit their proposals through the USC Department of Contracts and Grants since the pilot program is an internal process. Successful applicants will receive a USC satellite account.

Investigators at UCLA, CHLA, or Caltech will need to include indirect costs and work through their respective Contracts and Grants/Sponsored Programs offices.

Salary and fringe benefits may be budgeted for Assistant Professor-level faculty and staff, students, postdoctoral research associates commensurate with their time contributed to the project. No salary support may be budgeted for Associate or Full Professor-level faculty.

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