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Submission process

The scientific merit of applications is determined by peer review. The Scientific Advisory Committee recommends applications for funding based on the scientific merit scores assigned by the peer reviewers, together with their judgment of the degree to which proposals are responsive to TRDRP's mission and research priorities and have potential for high impact.

Grantees are expected to account for the expenditure of grant funds and for the performance of work as agreed upon in a timely manner and to abide by TRDRP's policies regarding scientific misconduct and conflict of interest.

Letters of Intent (LOI)

Submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required to apply for all research awards except for Special Projects, Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award Supplements, and Student Research Supplements. The LOI must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL (with the exception of the Conference Award – in this case the Program Officer will provide potential applicants with an LOI template to be completed via email). Applicants will have access to the application template web pages if the LOI is approved, at which time applicants will receive an email notification. In order to be considered for a programmatic review, a LOI must be submitted using the template available on proposalCENTRAL (with the exception of the conference award) and must address all sections listed there-in. LOI submission instructions should be strictly followed as stated.

LOIs and proposals must be submitted using proposalCENTRAL, the program's contracted web-based application and grants management system.

For technical help with proposalCENTRAL, please email or call 800-875-2562 (Toll-free U.S. and Canada). ProposalCENTRAL customer support is available Mon–Fri from 8:30am-5:00pm (EST).

Human and animal subjects

The following will be assessed before awards are made.

Protection of human subjects from research risk: Applicants must describe efforts to protect people from potential risks/side effects of study participation and processes to ensure ethical treatment of all human participants involved in the study. Plans for the recruitment and retention of participants will also be evaluated.

Inclusion of women, minorities and children in research: If human subjects are involved, the adequacy of plans to include subjects of both genders, all racial and ethnic groups (and subgroups), and children as appropriate for the scientific goals of the research will be assessed. Plans for the recruitment and retention of subjects will also be evaluated.

Care and use of vertebrate animals in research: If vertebrate animals are involved in the project, plans for their care and use will be assessed.