The University of Toledo Research Enterprise

Biomedical Research Innovation

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites faculty to submit research proposals focused on high impact and innovation in any area of biomedical science that has the potential to change the direction of a particular area of study.   Awards of up to $50,000 for one year will be used to generate preliminary data sufficient for submission of an R01-type grant proposal to a federal granting agency. Funds can support graduate student stipends, nonprofessional personnel, equipment, materials, supplies and animal costs.

Eligibility: Although tenure-track faculty may apply, the focus of this program is directed to established researchers and senior faculty.

Submission Requirements

Letter of Intent

Deadline: 1 December 2014

Applicants will submit a letter of intent (LOI), not to exceed four (4) double-spaced pages; a form is available at the following URL

Submit this LOI by e-mail to no later than 5 PM on the deadline date. The Research Council will review the LOI and invite full proposals.


Full Proposal

Deadline: 20 January 2015

Full proposals must be no longer than 10 single-spaced page using one-inch margins and Arial or Palatino Linotype 11-point. The 10 pages must include
1) an abstract describing the work in language understood by a broad audience
2) a specific aims section outlining the specific goals of the project and how they will be accomplished
3) a statement of the significance of the problem and its impact on the field of study
4) a statement describing the innovative aspects of the proposed studies
5) a description of the studies to be completed, including preliminary studies supporting the research plan

Additional documents to be included
a) a list of references
b) a budget and budget justification (maximum 2 pages)
c) an NIH-style biosketch (maximum 4 pages)

The proposal should include a projection of outcomes and a list of agencies where future grant applications will be submitted.

Full Proposal Submission
See "Proposal Procedures" for instructions.

Evaluation: Proposals will be reviewed by the Research Council. The Research Council may obtain outside reviewers depending upon the expertise needed to fairly review the application and provide scientific expertise. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1)      expertise of the PI
2)      importance of the biomedical problem
3)      how well the research plan fulfills the goals of supporting innovative and potentially high impact biomedical research
4)      potential for generating future extramural funding

Within three months of the conclusion of the award period, the PI will present a written summary of accomplishments, a list of manuscripts, a list of agencies where grant applications have been sent and a list of scientific meetings or seminars where work supported by this mechanism has been presented. 

Award Notification
See General Guidelines at

Last Updated: 6/26/15