2021 Award Announcement Will Be Made In May

2021 Competition

Download PDF: SNPRC Pilot Grant Application Instructions 2021

Important dates/Timeline:

Submit Letter of Intent (LOI)  April 16, 2021
Notification of Approval to Submit Application April 23, 2021
Submit Completed Application May May 28, 2021
Decision Letters Sent June 30, 2021



The SNPRC Pilot Research program provides opportunities and support for investigators to use SNPRC nonhuman primate resources in highly focused, short-term studies with a high likelihood of enhancing the value, utility, feasibility, and attractiveness of nonhuman primates for biomedical research.  High priority will be given to studies that propose to generate preliminary data for applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for support of future research projects. Those proposing to develop new nonhuman primate models of disease, or develop and/or test new research methods, instrumentation, or approaches using nonhuman primates, also will be considered responsive to the goals of the program.



Investigators at the Staff Scientist (Research Assistant Professor) through Full Scientist (Full Professor) or equivalent positions at institutions meeting the requirements to apply for, receive, and administer grants in aid of research from NIH are eligible to apply.


Any applicant who is not an SNPRC Core Scientists must be sponsored by an SNPRC Core Scientist. Applicants will be assigned a Core Scientist Sponsor at the time of review of Letters of Intent. The Sponsor will be an aid in guiding the applicant through SNPRC administrative processes. The participation of an SNPRC Core Scientist in pilot studies funded by this program is an NIH mandate.

Supported Activities/Allowable Uses of Pilot Research Program Funds

  • For the 2021 competition, the proposed research activities may use an marmosets, rhesus macaques, or baboons. Preferential consideration will be given to proposals using baboons due to the limited availability of macaques and marmosets.
  • Pilot research funds may not be used to provide support for projects currently of previously funded by other sources
  • Funds awarded in support of pilot research must be used for SNPRC veterinary services, including:

Animals and animal care costs (including per diem)

Animals research procedures conducted by SNPRC personnel

  • Funds awarded in support of pilot research may not be used to cover costs of supporting laboratory personnel, supplies, or work carried out at off-site locations.
  • If the project anticipates the use of the SNPRC Research Imaging Core, the applicant must consult with the Core’s leader, Dr. Geoffrey Clarke () prior to submitting a Letter of Intent to ensure that the proposed activities can be conducted by the core and the applicant understands any additional imaging expenses associated with the project would not be covered by the pilot grant.
  • Proposed budgets will be capped at $100,000.
  • Funding for awarded studies expires on April 30, 2022.

The steps in submitting an SNPRC Pilot Grant Application are described below

1. Complete and Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)

  • The PI/Applicant must submit a brief (3 page maximum) letter notifying the Coordinator of the SNPRC Pilot Research Program of her/his interest in submitting an application for review at the next deadline. The LOIs will be reviewed by the SNPRC Research Advisory Committee. Following that review, applicants will be notified as to whether they are invited to submit a full application and applicants will be assigned a Core Scientist Sponsor.

Format of LOI:

  • 3 page maximum length. Arial or Helvetica 11-pt font, single-spaced, with 0.5 inch margins all around, on the PI’s/Applicant’s institutional letterhead.

Required Information:

  • Descriptive working title for the planned proposal.
  • Names, degrees, ranks, and institutional affiliations of the PI/Applicant and sponsor (if applicable).
  • A statement of the objective and significance of the intended pilot research.
  • A brief description of the tentative research plan.
  • A brief statement regarding the role that results from the intended pilot research will play in the support of future applications for research funding.
  • An affirmation that the intended study does not overlap (duplicate) the PI’s/Applicant’s currently funded research.
  • Signature of the PI/Applicant.

Letters of Intent should be sent as PDF files attached to an email addressed to the current SNPRC Assistant Director of Research Resources, Dr. Christopher Chen (). Investigators are requested to please cc these documents and all other correspondence related to the Pilot Research Program to Ms. Deborah E. Newman ().

2. Full Application (6-page maximum)

a. Submission components

  • Title and specific aims (1/2 page)
  • Significance and innovation (up to 1 page)
  • Approach (up to 3 pages)
  • References cited (1/2 page)
  • Summary budget and justification (1 page). Applicants will be director to contact appropriate SNPRC Sponsored Programs Office personnel immediately upon notification of an acceptable LOI.
  • Biosketches for PI and Key Personnel (NIH format; not included in page limit).

3. Review Process

  • LOIs will be reviewed and prioritized by the SNPRC Research Advisory Committee (RAC), with the most meritorious invited to submit full proposals.
  • Full proposals will be reviewed by the Research Advisory Committee and by additional ad hoc reviewers as necessary to assure appropriate scientific expertise.
  • Each proposal will receive a score assigned by each reviewer, and mean scores will be calculated for each application.
  • Final funding decisions will be made by SNPRC Directors.

4. Awardee Responsibilities

  • Funds are restricted to supporting the research project as described in the application submitted and as approved by the RAC.
  • IRB and IACUC approval (if needed) are required prior to the release of funds.
  • Submit reports describing project accomplishments when requested for P51 core grant annual progress reports and 5-year renewal. SNPRC is evaluated by the NIH on the effectivness of the Pilot Program in stimulating new research findings and publiations.
  • Important metrics for the success of Pilot Projects include new funding, publications, licenses, and patents. SNPRC may approach investigators for additional details related to the success of Pilot Projects. Awardees are expected to submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed, scientific journal and/or submit a grant application to one or more external agencies as part of the successful execution of the pilot project.
  • The following support acknowledgement must be included on all publications that result from SNPRC support (funding and/or infrastructure services): This publication was made possible with Pilot Program support from the Southwest National Primate Research Center, grant number P51 OD011133.

5. Further Information

  • Please direct all questions to Dr. Christopher Chen ().