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SCTR & FRD Technology Development Grants


SCTR & FRD Technology Development Grants


Key Dates:
Pre-Application Opens: January 2, 2017
Pre-Application Due: January 17, 2017
Invitation to Submit Full Application: January 31, 2017
Full Application Due: February 23, 2017

SCTR’s Therapeutics Translation Core (TTC), in conjunction with the MUSC Foundation for Research Development (FRD) and the MUSC Drug Discovery Core, aims to accelerate academic innovations into marketed products by providing gap funding of up to $25,000 to advance innovative, clinically relevant technologies. The awards support short-term (six month) studies designed to improve the commercial value of the technologies by strengthening the intellectual property (IP) and moving technologies further down the development pathway, thus increasing the partnerships and licensing opportunities with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

The primary objective of the gap funding awards is to support projects that have a high chance of being commercialized, but that are not likely to get there without gap funding. Funds are intended to advance projects to the next developmental milestone by enabling investigators to conduct additional experiments, such as those that

  • Optimize compounds, conduct toxicology studies, or help define a pharmacological target or translational biomarker
  • Prototype a device
  • Build or validate a software program

Please note:

This RFA is open to advance technologies protected by, or protectable by, IP that is assigned or assignable to MUSC pursuant the MUSC IP Policy. If a patent or patent application is not currently assigned to FRD, a Record of Invention must be on file with FRD at least one month in advance of the Pre-Application open date.

For more information, contact Ford Simmons at


3rd Annual Induction Ceremony of the MUSC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors

Join us for a special Imagine 2020 event celebrating MUSC's commitment to lead health innovation for the lives we touch.


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Proposal Development Workshops

Proposal Development Workshops

MUSC Proposal Development Workshops, Spring 2017The Office of Research Development in conjunction with the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Medicine Center for ARROWS (Advancement, Recruitment & Retention of Women in Science) program invite you to attend three Proposal Development Workshops led by Dr. Robert Porter.

Writing for Successful Grants on March 28, 2017
Building the NIH Proposal on March 28, 2017
Career Development Grants for Pre-and-Post Docs on March 29, 2017

These workshops are scheduled for March 28-29, 2017 in the Bioengineering Auditorium Room 110. To register, please complete the REDcap form.


Online Activity Reporting Course

Did you know that we have an online Activity Report training course designed for department coordinators?  This class and quiz were designed as a refresher for all current department coordinators and is also a requirement for new coordinators to take after the completion the first level of training with our office.  You can find it in MyQuest as, “Accounting 201: Activity Reporting for Department Coordinators”.  We would love to get your feedback, email

NSF, Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 17-1) has been issued.  The PAPPG has been modified in its entirety, to remove all references to the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).  The document will now be referred to solely as the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.  The document will be sequentially numbered from Chapter I-XII and all references throughout have been modified to reflect this change. Given the number of important revisions, the community is strongly encouraged to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided at the beginning of the PAPPG.
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.  In addition to the significant change mentioned above, other revisions include:

  1. Addition of new sections on Special Processing Instructions and Types of Proposals, including two new types, RAISE and GOALI;       
  2. Additional instructions for proposers on completion of the Collaborators and Other Affiliations information;
  3. Supplemental guidance on submission of proposals by organizations impacted by a natural or anthropogenic disaster;
  4. Implementation of 45 CFR 690.118 for applications and proposals lacking definite plans for involvement of human subjects;
  5. Update on the type of information that NSF may request from proposers with regard to Federal environmental statutes;
  6. Supplemental information regarding treatment of NSF awards with canceled appropriations; and
  7. Numerous other changes and clarifications throughout the document.

NSF is hosting 2 webinars to brief the community on the new PAPPG and these will be held on November 7th and January 19th at 1 PM EST.  Registration is required on the NSF outreach events website.
While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on January 30, 2017, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 16-1) continue to apply.

Intellectual Property Town Hall

Intellectual Property Town Hall
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 3:30-4:30pm
Bioengineering Building 110
Presenters will discuss changes to MUSC’s Intellectual Property Policy, and the impact of those changes.
•     Michael G. Rusnak, Executive Director, MUSC Foundation for Research Development
•     G. Thomas Finnegan, Director, MUSC Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Sponsored by the Faculty Senate Communications and Education Committee.
Please contact Emily Brennan,, with questions.

eRA Commons Option Available to Submit an Unsolicited Application exceeding $500K in direct costs

NIH has a longstanding policy that states any applicant requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs (excluding consortium F&A costs) in any one budget period within a competitive segment is required to contact the NIH Institute or Center (IC) Program Official (PO), in writing or by telephone, as early as possible during development of the application but no later than 6 weeks before submission for prior approval. Since NIH supports projects with large budgets, the purpose of this policy is for fiscal planning and therefore it provides NIH ICs the appropriate amount of time to consider the possibility of such awards as early as possible in the budget and program planning process.

Notice number NOT-OD-17-005 informs NIH applicants that requests to submit an unsolicited application that will exceed $500,000 in direct costs will now have an option to submit this request electronically through eRA Commons, under a new Prior Approval Module.

Grant Submissions/Deadlines Affected by Hurricane Matthew and MUSC's Closure

A primary concern of NIH applicants is how to handle when an institution is closed due to natural disaster or other emergency situation. In these cases it is not necessary to get permission in advance for delays in grant application submissions.  Instead, electronic and paper applications submitted late must include a cover letter indicating the reasons for the delay.  The delay should not exceed the time period that the applicant organization is closed. More information can be found here:  NIH Grant Policy.

NIH Center for Scientific Review Hosts Webinars on Peer Review

The NIH Center for Scientific Review will host two different “online briefings” on peer review for: R01 applicants and researchers who are proposing and/or reviewing basic science applications.  These briefings will be approximately one hour long, including a 30 minute question and answer period.

Join the Office of Research Development from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Basic Science Building (BSB), room 402 to participate in these seminars.

  • December 1, 2016:   8 Ways to Successfully Navigate NIH Peer Review and Get an R01 Grant
  • December 2, 2016:  NIH Peer Review Briefing for Basic Research Applicants and Reviewers


If you prefer to view the webinars from your office, please register for each webinar at the CSR event website.  For additional details, review the NOT-OD-15-152.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for faculty involved in NIH-funded clinical trials

National Institutes of Health announced that all NIH-funded clinical trials (whether its direct or pass-through) that will be active on or after January 1, 2017, investigators, and clinical trial staff(as defined) will need to complete Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for NIH Awardees involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials, and expectations for training. More information can be found here: NOT-OD-16-148.