PCBC Jump Start Award Program


To provide the PCBC with a mechanism to quickly award small grants to junior faculty (less than 5 years from their appointment to Assistant Professor), research associates, fellows, postdocs, and graduate students to support a well-defined specific aim. The aim should involve at least one of the following, with priority given to proposals that incorporate two:

  1. The application of new technology to  an existing research question
  2. The generation of preliminary data for a new research goal and grant application
  3. The facilitation of inter –hub collaboration

A maximum of ten awards, not to exceed $7,000 each, may be awarded each year. Awards will be for direct costs only, therefore Hub site Institutions must provide waivers for F&A costs. No salary support is allowed. Detailed budgets with clear justifications will constitute a major component of the application. Expenditures must adhere to the approved budget. Funds will be disbursed by the PCBC Administrative Coordinating Center (PCACC) at the direction of the NHLBI following review by a panel of PCBC members.


Last Cycle was March 1, 2016


To date, 33 applications have been funded through the Jump Start Award Program.



Application Process:

An application form is attached below.

Page 1 will be a standard PHS 398 face page. (PI named should be applicant's name, not the name of the Hub Site PI)

Page 2 includes the application title, personnel, abstract, and check list.

Page 3 includes the proposed Aim, including significance/ innovation/ and anticipated results.

Page 4 includes a detailed budget with justification for the approach.

Page 5 is optional but may include figures and references.

Page 6 includes a signed statement from the PCBC Hub PI in support of the applicant and provides assurance that the proposed work is not already supported.

Page 7 includes a summary of results obtained with previous PCBC pilot or collaborative support.

Finally, please attach applicants (not Hub PIs) PHS 398-formatted biosketches.

Please send your documents in PDF format to: mterrin@epi.umaryland.edu, alefever@epi.umaryland.edu, ltang@epi.umaryland.edu and mmccreery@som.umaryland.edu.

Review Process:

The Skills Development Committee (SDC) will assume responsibility for the review process.  Three to four Review committee Chairs will be identified, each serving for one review cycle per year.  They will convene a committee with members selected from the SDC and the general PCBC membership to assure appropriate reviewer expertise  for the science proposed and no conflicts of interest. Reviews can be conducted   via email or teleconference.

Awards will be issued in the name of the junior faculty/trainee, and will carry an official grant number which can be listed on the grantees CV. This will provide important attribution.

A brief summary of outcomes will be reported at the PCBC annual meeting.


Currently Funded Jump Start Awards:

Link to currently funded Jump Start awards:


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