J.R. & Inez Jay Fund

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The J.R. & Inez Jay Fund is an endowed fund at the KU Endowment Association that was established by the Jay’s to encourage the conduct of biomedical research. The purpose of the J.R. and Inez Jay Award is to stimulate interdisciplinary, biomedical research activities, in pursuit of large external grants such as multi-investigator R01 awards, program projects, and center grants awarded under the tutelage of the HBC. To that end, recipients may use Jay funding to gather preliminary data, hire temporary staff, travel to collaborators’ labs, write major grant proposals, and secure supplies and services that enhance those proposals. The HBC conducts an annual call for proposals. Generally two proposals are granted annually, with one of the awards targeted to a early career investigator. All biomedical scientists holding Principal Investigator status at KU are eligible to apply for one of these awards. The emphasis of the awards is strongly on interdisciplinary, collaborative research efforts.

Eligibility:Applicants must hold Principal Investigator status with Kansas University Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR).

Purpose: To stimulate interdisciplinary, biomedical research activities that lead to large-scale research activities such as multi-investigator R01 awards, program projects, and center grants administered through the Higuchi Biosciences Center.

Application Procedure: Proposals will take the form of a prospectus and must be submitted with the required forms docx listed below:

  • Cover Page (which includes abstract)
  • Research Narrative (no more than 2 additional pages.)
  • Budget
  • Investment potential

Please review the detailed instructions pdf before submitting your application.

The prospectus should:

  • Outline the nature of the proposed project and how it will enhance the research mission of the Higuchi Biosciences Center.
  • Outline the specific plans for submitting new or revised applications for multi-investigator R01 grants, program projects, center grants, or other large multidisciplinary efforts.
  • Clearly indicate a timetable for acquisition of external funding and an analysis of the likelihood of success.

Application deadline: The application deadline for year 2017 is FRIDAY, APRIL 7. Please email your application as a pdf file to: hbcevents@ku.edu by 5:00 p.m. on that day.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • The proposal must be for biomedical research.
  • The proposal must be interdisciplinary in approach, preferably structured so that a multi-investigator R01, program project, or center grant proposal to an external funding agency will result from the Jay Fund.
  • The proposal should describe explicitly the steps already taken towards the completion of a multidisciplinary grant proposal to external funding agencies.
  • The project must be likely to secure continuing outside funding for a large multidisciplinary grant program, as described above, with commensurate indirect costs that can be reinvested in other projects.
  • The proposal should describe the specific work to be undertaken during the term of the award.

The Review Committee will select proposals that represent the best investment opportunities from those that meet the criteria listed above.

For clarification or additional information please call John Stobaugh 785-864-3996 or Susan Wakefield 785-864-7339.

(01/23/17))


Summary of Awards
Wendy Picking "Development of a vaccine to help cystic fibrosis patients" $30,000 
Michael Wang "Blood Exosomal Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes for Individualized Medicine" $30,000 
Liqin Zhao "ApoE2 as a therapeutic shield against Alzheimer’s disease: a proof-of-concept study" $30,000 
Kristin Bowman-James “Soft Pyrazine-based Gels as Antimicrobials Targeting Surgical Site Infections.” $20,000 
Nancy Muma “SUMOylation in the Treatment of Depression.” $20,000 
Frank Schoenen “Bioenergetic Manipulation for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.” $20,000 
Laird Forrest “Mechanistic understanding of oxidation of therapeutic proteins after subcutaneous administration.” $30,000 
Mario Rivera “Validating the Bacterioferritin/Bfd protein-protein interaction as target for antibiotic development.” $30,000 
Jeff Staudinger “SUMOylation of Bag3 in Hepatocytes and Hepatoma Cell Line.” $20,000 
John Karanicolas "Identifying stabilizers of p53 using pocket complementarity" $28,000 
Yong Zeng "Microfluidic molecular analysis of tumor-derived exosomes." $30,000 
Jane Aldrich "Novel Compounds With Anticancer Activity" $30,000 
Marco Bortolato "Developmental Role of Glutamate in Antisocial Personality Traits" $30,000 

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