Funding Opportunities

Year 5 Within-Center and Cross-Center TREC Funding

Within-Center Funding

In 2011, NCI funded four TREC Research Centers and one Coordination Center (CC) as part of a reissuance of the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) initiative. The overall purpose of the TREC initiative is to foster transdisciplinary research in nutrition, physical activity, energy balance, and cancer. The reissued TREC initiative continues to emphasize collaboration across diverse disciplines such as behavioral science, physiology and metabolism, sociology, communications, geography, psychology, kinesiology, nutrition, biostatistics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and other diverse disciplines. The reissued TREC initiative expands into other research areas including cancer survivorship, childhood obesity, genomics, and environmental aspects of obesity that include use of tools such as geospatial analysis. The TREC program includes emphasis on testing and integrating behavior change theories, addressing challenges in survivor populations, performing systems analysis, using animal and human studies in diverse research designs, and expanding the application of biological markers to inform behavioral-based research. Training new and established scientists to carry out transdisciplinary research is a key component of the TREC initiative. Additional information about the TREC initiative can be found at http://www.trecscience.org.

For Funding Year 5 (June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016)
The Harvard TREC Center invites investigators to submit developmental projects in the area of nutrition, energetics, energy balance, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

These projects should provide an avenue for introducing and integrating new investigators and innovative technologies, methodologies, and/or research in the TREC infrastructure.

The Harvard TREC Center will consider applications for developmental projects that focus on priorities within the Harvard TREC Center. This resource is designed to a) support the ability of TREC partners to work on projects of mutual interest and b) facilitate collaboration, beyond what was originally proposed in the parent TREC application and projects that may be instrumental in enhancing cross-collaborations within the Harvard TREC Center. Although the financial plans of the NCI are to provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this announcement are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. It is anticipated that two awards may be available this year.

Eligibility:
Investigators within the TREC Center are eligible to apply. This application process is open to all levels of researchers, subject only to guidelines of the applicant’s base institution, with priority to inclusion of early career investigators. For proposals of equal scientific merit, priority will be given to investigator members of TREC institutions and other investigators working in collaboration with TREC members.

**New this year**
Mentoring plan: Projects for which new/early-career investigators are proposed as study PI should include a mentoring plan.  The mentoring plan should be included with the full proposal. It is not necessary to submit a mentoring plan with the letter of intent.  See below for a definition of a new/early-career investigator.

TREC definition of new/early-career investigator: TREC Early Career Investigator (ECI) is defined as an individual who is at the post-doctoral level (received degree within the last 5 years) and is currently working in an early career position, such as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Assistant Professor, in association with one or more senior investigator members of TREC, and has not yet received their own RO1. Other types of awards are acceptable (e.g., K Awards, P30s, foundation grants).

Proposed Time Line and Overall Process
1. December 1, 2014: Letters of Intent are submitted to the TREC Center Project Coordinator (Renee Miciek) and are reviewed by the Harvard TREC Scientific Review Committee. Applications with the highest merit and scientific significance will be invited to submit a full proposal. Not all concept ideas proposed via a LOI will be invited for further consideration.
2. December 19, 2014: Prospective applicants will receive a response to the submitted letter of intent.
3. February 15, 2015: Full proposals due.
4. February-March 2015: Review of full proposals conducted by Center PI, Harvard TREC Scientific Review Committee and invited experts.
5. March 2015: TREC Steering Committee/NCI/Experts meet to discuss application reviews, review the proposed TREC within-center pilots, and recommend 2015 funding approval to NCI. NCI must approve all applications for award.
5. March – April 2015: Prospective applicants will receive a response to the submitted proposal.

For more information and how to apply, refer to the Year 5 TREC Within-Center RFA and related documents. 

Year 5 TREC Within-Center Letter of Intent Application
Year 5 Within Center Face Page
Year 5 Mentoring Plan Template
Year 5 TREC RFA Within Center

 

Cross-Center Funding

In 2011, NCI funded four TREC Research Centers and one Coordination Center (CC) as part of a reissuance of the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) initiative. The overall purpose of the TREC initiative is to foster transdisciplinary research in nutrition, physical activity, energy balance, and cancer. The reissued TREC initiative continues to emphasize collaboration across diverse disciplines such as behavioral science, physiology and metabolism, sociology, communications, geography, psychology, kinesiology, nutrition, biostatistics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and other diverse disciplines. The reissued TREC initiative expands into other research areas including cancer survivorship, childhood obesity, genomics, and environmental aspects of obesity that include use of tools such as geospatial analysis. The TREC program includes emphasis on testing and integrating behavior change theories, addressing challenges in survivor populations, performing systems analysis, using animal and human studies in diverse research designs, and expanding the application of biological markers to inform behavioral‐based research. Training new and established scientists to carry out transdisciplinary research is a key component of the TREC initiative. Additional information about the TREC initiative can be found at http://www.trecscience.org.

For Funding Year 5 (June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016)
The TREC Steering Committee and NCI invite TREC investigators to submit developmental projects in the area of nutrition, energetics, energy balance, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

The TREC cross‐center developmental project program aims to support opportunities for innovative science and to enable unique opportunities for collaboration between the 4 TREC Centers and the TREC CC in ways that would not have occurred otherwise.

The Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer Steering Committee and NCI will consider applications for developmental projects that promote the priorities listed below. This resource is designed to a) support the ability of TREC partners to work on projects of mutual interest and b) facilitate collaboration, beyond what was originally proposed in the parent TREC application and projects that may be instrumental in enhancing cross‐collaborations. Although the financial plans of the NCI are to provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this announcement are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. It is anticipated that up to two awards per Center may be available this year.

Eligibility:
Investigators within the TREC Consortium are eligible to apply. This application process is open to all levels of researchers, subject only to guidelines of the applicant’s base institution, with priority to inclusion of early‐career investigators. Priority will be given to investigators at TREC (Consortium) institutions and investigators working in collaboration with TREC (Consortium) investigators.

**New this year**
Mentoring plan: Projects for which new/early-career investigators are proposed as study PI should include a mentoring plan.  The mentoring plan should be included with the full proposal. It is not necessary to submit a mentoring plan with the letter of intent.  See below for a definition of a new/early-career investigator.

TREC definition of new/early-career investigator: TREC Early Career Investigator (ECI) is defined as an individual who is at the post-doctoral level (received degree within the last 5 years) and is currently working in an early career position, such as a Postdoctoral Fellow or Assistant Professor, in association with one or more senior investigator members of TREC, and has not yet received their own RO1. Other types of awards are acceptable (e.g., K Awards, P30s, foundation grants).

Proposed Time Line and Overall Process
1. October 2014: RFA is issued to the TREC membership via the TREC Steering Committee and on behalf of the NCI via email from the TREC Coordination Center. The RFA is also posted to the TREC secure website at www.trecscience.org.
2. December 1, 2014: Letters of Intent are due to the TREC Coordination Center where they will be distributed for review by the TREC Steering Committee and NCI (see the RFA for more information). Applications with the highest merit and scientific significance will be invited to submit a full proposal. Not all concept ideas proposed via a LOI will be invited for further consideration.
3. February 15, 2015: Full proposals due.
4. February‐March 2015: Review of full proposals will be conducted by the TREC Center PI’s, NCI and invited experts.
5. March 2015: The TREC Steering Committee/NCI/Experts will meet via teleconference to discuss application reviews, identify the final selection of TREC cross‐center projects, and recommend 2015 funding approval to NCI. NCI must approve all applications for award.

For more information and how to apply, refer to the Year 5 TREC Cross-Center RFA and related documents. 

Year 5 TREC RFA Cross-Center
Year 5 TREC Cross-Center Letter of Intent Application
Year 5 TREC Cross-Center Face Page
Year 5 Mentoring Plan Template

For questions regarding Year 5 Within-Center and Cross-Center funding, contact Renee Miciek at rmiciek@hsph.harvard.edu

 

KEEP Funds – Year 4

The Year 4 applications for KEEP Funds are now available! The missions of the TREC Knowledge and Education Expansion Project (KEEP) are to provide training opportunities and facilitate collaborations across geographically separate sites in transdisciplinary research. In support of these goals, the TREC Coordination Center (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) has established KEEP funds to be shared evenly among the four TREC sites.

Year 4 funds can be used to provide support for TREC Trainees to participate in training activities (see examples below) of their choice. All training experiences must be related to the Harvard TREC mission (see the TREC website for a description of Harvard TREC http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/trec/. A maximum of $800 per request will be available.

The KEEP funds give trainees educational opportunities such as:

  • Visiting other TREC Research Centers to expand their knowledge base in transdisciplinary research.
  • Attending scientific conferences.
  • Receiving instruction on the use of one of the TREC datasets for purposes of expanding knowledge and possible collaborative research opportunities.
  • Visiting non‐TREC institutions to gain specific research technique knowledge.

Guidelines:

  • Training experiences and commensurate travel must be completed by May 31, 2015.
  • KEEP award recipients will be reimbursed for expenses after the training experience has occurred, up to the amount specified in the approved proposal (maximum $800 per request).
  • Applications must be submitted to the TREC Project Coordinator at least ten weeks in advance of the training experience. For urgent consideration of an experience occurring in less than ten weeks, please contact the TREC Project Coordinator, Renee Miciek (rmiciek@hsph.havard.edu).

Procedure:

  • Applicants must complete and sign the TREC Knowledge & Education Expansion Project (KEEP) Application.
  • Applicants must submit the completed TREC Knowledge & Education Expansion Project (KEEP) Application to the Harvard TREC Project Coordinator – Renee Miciek, rmiciek@hsph.harvard.edu for the Harvard TREC Principal Investigator’s approval and signature.
  • After the Harvard TREC Principal Investigator has approved the application, the TREC Project Coordinator will forward the approved application to the TREC Coordination Center (CC) for final approval. The TREC Coordination Center reviews the submitted applications for relevance and benefit to TREC as well as specific scientific growth to the applicant. The CC reviews the candidate application and determines final approval. Generally, this occurs within one week of receipt at the CC. The next business day following the approval of the proposal, the Harvard TREC Center will notify the applicant via email regarding the status of the application (approved/not approved).

 

For more information, please reference the documents listed below.
Harvard TREC YR 4 KEEP RFA

Harvard YR 4 KEEP Application

 

IEP Funds – Year 4

In support of the TREC mission to provide opportunities for meaningful collaboration across geographically separate sites, the TREC Coordination Center has established the TREC Investigator Exchange Program (IEP). These funds create a mechanism to exchange TREC investigators among the four TREC Research Centers. One or more investigators will have the opportunity to visit another TREC Center for up to one week in order to broaden his/her knowledge in transdisciplinary research of energetics and cancer by observing and participating in TREC-focused research that a) is of a different discipline than his/her area of expertise and/or b) provides training in a specific research technique that is new to the investigator. TREC IEP funds may be used to travel a TREC investigator to a TREC affiliate site. However, to maximize benefit to TREC, priority will be given to visiting a TREC Research Center.

Eligibility
• TREC trainees AND established TREC investigators may apply. For applications of equal training merit, priority will be given to TREC trainees.

Guidelines
• Investigator exchanges, including commensurate travel to/from the exchange location, must be completed by May 31, 2015.
• Financial support for the investigator exchange should not exceed $2,150.00.

Submission
Interested applicants should complete the attached application and send to Renee Miciek (rmiciek@hsph.harvard.edu) 8 weeks in advance of the exchange experience. For urgent consideration of an experience occurring in less than eight weeks, please contact Renee Miciek. Given the intended deadlines, the last day to submit an application is April 1st.

Approval
After approval from the Harvard TREC Center Director is received, the application is sent to the TREC Coordination Center for review. The Coordination Center reviews the candidate application and determines final approval. Generally this occurs within one week of receipt at the CC.

For more information please review the IEP RFA.

IEP Year 4 RFA

application form IEP Year 4

 

TREC Educational Workshop Funds – Stay tuned for updated information!

TREC Educational Workshops funds must be used for the purpose of travel to, accommodations for, and attendance at TREC Educational Workshops.

Two missions of the TREC initiative are to provide training opportunities and to facilitate meaningful collaborations across geographically separate sites to promote transdisciplinary research among early career investigators* and others. In support of these missions, the TREC Coordination Center has established a $40,000 TREC Coordination Center (CC) May 2014 Media Communications Educational Workshop Training Fund that will provide financial support for eligible TREC investigators to attend the TREC Educational Workshops.

Awards to qualified applicants are on a first come first serve basis, until the available funds are awarded.

* Information regarding when the next TREC Educational Workshop will occur will be updated soon.

 

 

 

 

For more information, contact rmiciek@hsph.harvard.edu