Announcing 2016-2017 Pilot Project Funding

Pilot/Developmental Project Program—Letter of Intent Announcement

The University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) is a large center grant (P50) awarded by FDA/NIH to the University of Maryland College Park and The Battelle Public Health Center for Tobacco Research. Additional collaborators are at George Mason University and the University of Maryland Baltimore.

The Center seeks to develop improved models (broadly defined) to inform tobacco product regulatory strategies. Tobacco regulatory science involves the application of the best available science to specific regulatory questions (see Examples (just samples) of some such questions are:
Is the marketing of a new product appropriate for the protection of public health?
Do differences between a new product and a predicate product raise different questions of public health?
Will the product as it is actually used by consumers reduce the harm and risk of tobacco-related disease?

The focus of the UMD/Battelle TCORS is on standard, new (emerging) and manipulated tobacco/nicotine products.

  • The award level for this pilot/developmental program is $20,000 to $40,000 in total costs. Salary for investigators, research staff, and fellows may be requested as part of the budget.
  • The number of grants awarded is determined by funding available.
  • The funding period is one year (September 2015—August 2016).
  • Semiannual and final progress reports are required.
  • Standard NIH human and animal research approvals apply.
  • The UMD TCORS principle investigator (Pamela I. Clark, PhD) will verify eligibility for funding (within FDA scope) before invitation to submit proposal. (see

    Letter of Intent (LOI) must include:
    Project Title
    Amount Requested—Total Cost (Direct costs and Indirect costs)
    Principal Investigator Name(s), Title(s), Institution(s)/Affiliation(s), Complete contact information
    Research Mentor(s) (if part of a training program)
    One-Page Brief Project Summary (including background, hypotheses or research questions, methods)
    Format requirements: Arial font; 11pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; one single PDF file.

    Submit Letter of Intent to: and by June 15, 2016 at 5 P.M. E.S.T.

    Applicable Dates:
    Letter of Intent Announcement: April 15, 2016
    Letter of Intent to Respond Due: June 15, 2016
    Internal TCORS & FDA Review: June/July 2016
    Invitation to Submit Proposals: July 15, 2016
    Proposals Due: August 15, 2016
    Notice of Award: September 1, 2016

    The University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science reserves the right to revise this schedule.