Grant Deadline January 18, 2019

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has established a new center to promote research in the emerging field of adult stem cell research. Oklahoma universities, research foundations and biotechnology companies are fortunate to have many world-recognized investigators who conduct research with adult stem cells. This new entity will catalyze their work in numerous ways, leverage resources obtainable from traditional funding agencies and help attract additional talent to our State.  The overall goal is to build Oklahoma excellence in one of the fastest growing areas of medical research and serve as a trusted resource for public information.

Award Mechanisms:

Following are the grant categories:

  1. Research Grants-    For these purposes, adult human stem cells are defined to include those obtained from umbilical cord blood as well as other adult samples. Studies involving experimental animals and model systems will also be considered. Reprogramming of adult cells for use in tissue regeneration and stem cell based reconstruction are of particular interest as are studies devoted to a better understanding of tissue specific stem cells. These are not inclusive examples, and exciting advances are possible in many areas of adult stem cell research. For Research Projects, up to five pages of narrative (Arial, 11 pt font) are permitted and can be described with your format of choice (eg. Aims, preliminary results, rationale, research plan, highly selected references).
  2.  Equipment Grants- Equipment requests should include a manufacturer’s quote and information about users. State if the instrumentation will be part of a core facility and available to investigators in other institutions.
  3. Education and Travel Grants- Requests can be made for support to attend educational opportunities regarding stem cells, participate in courses or train in other laboratories.  State if you are an invited speaker and whether other funds are available. Links to web site announcements should be provided, along with exceptional justification for foreign travel. Support will also be considered for “mini-sabbaticals” to learn stem cell technology.
  4. Enabling technology- This new category was introduced in 2012. Investigators with ongoing studies may now apply for help in obtaining enabling technology. For example, commercially obtained animal models, monoclonal antibody preparation or genetic assays might propel the work and make Oklahoma scientists more competitive.
  5. Other- OCASCR is aware that there may be other valuable ways to support adult stem cell research and inquiries are welcome. For example, partial salary support might be requested for personnel in core facilities that are heavily used by OCASCR grantees. A successful proposal would have to document need and show how this funding mechanism would be uniquely valuable.

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