Apply for support

Application instructions can be found here in the Growing Gene and Cell Therapy RFA Fall 2019.

Application cycles will occur on a quarterly basis; see the following table for 2019 LOI deadlines.

Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
January 7, 2019 April 1, 2019 July 1, 2019 September 30, 2019

If you would like to be notified by email when the next application cycle opens, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria: Applications will be accepted from faculty members at CTSA institutions that also have established pediatric stem cell transplant programs. Corporate sponsored trials funded by NIH SBIR/STTR mechanisms to be conducted at CTSA institutions are fully eligible. While other corporate-sponsored trials conducted at CTSA institutions are eligible for support, preference will be given to NIH-funded trials, trials supported by patient advocacy groups, or public-private partnerships. Special terms and conditions may apply to corporate-sponsored trials.

Project review, selection, and prioritization will be done based on the following criteria:

  • Significance: the relevance to rare pediatric diseases (fulfill an unmet clinical need) and impact of the proposed therapy (e.g. is it likely to be an improvement over standard of care?).
  • Rationale/scientific merit: the project must have a compelling rationale and strong supporting preliminary data including proof of concept studies.
  • Feasibility: the sponsor/principal investigator’s qualifications, commitment, and available resources to support initiation and completion of project.

Selection Process: The initial application will consist of a 2 page Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI will be screened to examine if the proposed research project supports the goals of the cooperative and to verify which support services are requested. The screening process will be performed by the Joint Steering Committee, with final approval by the Executive Committee. Following the initial screening, the committee may request a phone call to discuss the project or provide feedback. An invitation will be sent to selected investigators to submit a full application. 

Full applications will undergo reviews by the Translational Technical Steering Committee and the Regulatory Steering Committee, both of which will submit their recommendations to the Joint Steering Committee for final selection.


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