ARTT Center of Excellence UT Health San Antonio

Addiction Research, Treatment & Training
Center of Excellence

the ARTT of Translational Science

ARTT Request for Applications - Pilot Projects

Deadline: 31 August 2018


The Addiction Research, Treatment and Training (ARTT) Center of Excellence is soliciting proposals for pilot projects. This purpose of this program is to foster new research initiatives and new collaborations between investigators working in the area of substance abuse. The goal of the program is to stimulate translational research leading to insights and discoveries that will move the field forward and serve as the vehicle to obtain extramural support. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 PM, Friday, 31 August 2018 with a requested start date of no later than 1 November 2018.


All applicants must hold a faculty-level appointment at UT Health San Antonio. The proposed project must not overlap with currently funded research and must include collaboration between two or more individuals. Proposals from faculty with a history of successful collaboration, seeking to bring in new collaborators, are highly encouraged.


An individual may submit no more than one proposal as a Principal Investigator and have a role on no more than two proposals overall. The application as well as the names and email addresses of four potential reviewers (two at UT Health and two outside UT Health) should be submitted electronically via Survey Monkey Apply at beginning 13 July 2018. Contact Cindal Dominguez (; 210 567 4655) for assistance or additional details.

A single award will be for one year starting on or about 1 November 2018. Progress reports must be submitted at 6 and 12 months after initiation of funding. A follow-up survey of related grants and publications will be solicited 24 and 36 months after initiation of funding. For projects involving human subjects or vertebrate animals, ARTT must receive a copy of the official letter of approval by the IRB or IACUC, respectively, before funding commences. Applicants are encouraged to submit IRB or IACUC applications for the proposed project as early as possible. If an IRB or IACUC approval letter is not received within 2 months of the intended award date, the award will be administratively withdrawn. All personnel who participate in a funded project must be current with institutional training, and with compliance and conflict of interest disclosure policies. A UT Health Certificate of Proposal (COP) is required upon award. ARTT must be acknowledged in all publications, presentations, and other communications resulting from this project. Investigators receiving the award will be encouraged to present the results of the project at the Behavior, Biology & Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction (BBC) meeting.

Applications should be submitted via the Survey Monkey Apply platform. Documents should be uploaded as a PDF, using Arial 11 point font, single spacing, and .75-inch margins in all directions. Failure to follow these or the following guidelines could result in the application being administratively withdrawn.

The application should include the following (maximum page limit):

  • Project Summary/Abstract (NIH form page)
  • Budget (NIH form page)
  • Budget justification (NIH form page)
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
  • Project narrative (4 pages)
  • Literature cited (no limit)
  • Description of plans to obtain external funding (2 pages)
  • NIH Biosketch for all investigators (5 pages/investigator)


The maximum requested budget for one year is $50,000 although applications requesting a budget less than $50,000 will be considered under the same review criteria. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, indirect costs) expenses will not be reimbursed and funds may not be used to support the salary of anyone with a faculty appointment. For non-faculty, up to $20,000 in salary (including fringe) can be requested. A maximum of $2,000 in travel (total) can be requested. Other expenditures must be justified as being essential for completion of the project. Unexpended funds at the end of the award period will be returned to ARTT; no-cost extension requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved only under extenuating circumstances.


Applications will be peer-reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Significance
  • Strength of the study protocol
    • Design
    • Feasibility
    • Preliminary data (if available)
  • Investigators
  • Whether the project includes a new collaborator
  • Likelihood of leading to submission of an application for extramural support within 1 year
  • Likelihood of generating high quality, publishable data
  • Protection of human and/or non-human subjects