Grant Process

Eligibility for Funding

Brain cancer research is not available for funding
All UC faculty with 80% or greater FTE, including those based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as well as outside researchers in non-profit organizations with novel approaches, are eligible to apply for funding.

Step One

All eligible applicants should submit a one page Letter of Intent (LOI) and Curriculum Vitae (CV) or recent NIH biographical sketch (if you have one) to the L.I.F.E. Foundation, 4200 Malsbary Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or email to Patty Brockman by June 30, of each year. The LOI should describe the problem to be addressed, its significance, and the approach that will be used to answer the proposed scientific question.

Step Two

The L.I.F.E. Scientific Advisory Committee will invite up to six applicants to submit an application for funding based on scientific merit and the potential for developing a strong basic or translational research program. Applicants will be invited by July 30 each year. Invited applicants should submit a full application by August 31 of each year no later than 5:00 pm EST.

Invited Applicants

Instructions for Submission of a Full Application

The following items must be submitted for an invited application to be considered complete and eligible for review:
All four items must be in DOC/PDF form and submited by mail or the Google Form located at bottom of this page

In DOC or PDF format

Project Narrative

The Narrative, including specific aims, background, preliminary data and experimental design methods is limited to a maximum of six typewritten pages of discussion, using no less than 11 point Arial font. All appropriate details and graphics must be included in the body of the application and no appendices will be accepted other than appropriate letters of support. A statement of innovation and references do not count in the six page limit. For investigators moving into new areas of research, the lack of preliminary data will not preclude funding. The investigator must demonstrate how their research can be applied to the problem of brain health. The proposal should address the potential for future funding such as NIH grants. Supporting documents must include: itemized budget, budget justification, other support, and an NIH biographical sketch.

Budget and Justification

The budget must be itemized and a detailed budget justification must be included. Projects are limited to a maximum of $50,000 per year for two years ($100,000 total). Pilot grants will fund expenses directly related to research efforts but not faculty salary support, computers, travel, or indirect costs. Questions regarding allowable expenses should be directed to Jerry Lingrel 513.558.5326.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Or if you have a recent NIH biographical sketch, you can use it instead of a CV.

Review of Proposals

The Scientific Advisory Committee will review the invited applications for scientific content, likelihood of leveraging the pilot grant into NIH funding, and achieving programmatic goals of L.I.F.E. Specific consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate translational potential and robust collaborations among researchers/disciplines but will not be a requirement.

Progress Reports

All investigators who receive funding will be expected to provide a detailed progress report eleven months after the start of funding. The progress report should indicate project status, challenges, remaining project timeline, and estimated costs for completion. The second year of funding will be granted by the Scientific Advisory Committee based on review of the progress report.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact: Jerry Lingrel ( 513.558.5326. Please submit the application by mail:
L.I.F.E. Foundation
4200 Malsbary Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242