BTA Collaborative Grant Program FAQs

Do references count toward the 10 page limit?  

No. As with NIH proposals, references are in addition to the stated page limits.

How long do I have on the 24th to submit my grant application?  

We are prepared to receive grant applications until midnight on March 24, 2006. All applications will be time stamped upon receipt. Applicants should follow the grant submittal instructions in the CGP Applications Instructions, and the website will walk you through the upload procedures.

How long will the BTA support the selected grants?  

The period of funding is not specific at this time. However, the size of the awards will probably dictate the practical time to perform the work.

Should the "Total Costs for Institution" on the "Institutional Budget" form include those budget items covered by institutional matching funds?  

Yes. The "Total Costs for Institution" should cover the total cost of the project allocated to a particular institution, i.e., both direct and indirect, and both matched and unmatched costs. Then, in the space directly below the Total Costs entry, describe how the institution will match 50% of the Total Costs.

The biosketch instructions have a two page limit for biosketches, but the standard NIH biosketch limit is four pages. Can I use my standard NIH biosketch if it is four pages?  

Yes, the BTA will accept a standard NIH format biosketch up to four pages. Researchers who have registered for instruction updates will be informed of the change.

What are the combined page limits for Sections 1 through 4?  

The combined page limits for Sections 1 through 4, including figures, for each grant amount are as follows: Less than $25,000 - no more than 7 pages; $25,001 to $50,000 - no more than 7 pages; $50,001 to $100,000 - no more than 10 pages; $100,001 to $250,000 - no more than 10 pages.

Would a collaborative project focusing on the molecular basis for disease development qualify for this grant?  

Successful projects will: expand the research capabilities in the field of biomedical research; involve collaborative teams; have commerical potential; attract follow on funding. If the research leads to an understanding that could lead to a successful diagnostic or therapeutic, it could have eventual commercial potential, one of the criteria for this grant. You may want to emphasize the pathway to commercialization as part of your grant application.

Would the paid salary of either an investigator or a graduate student dedicated to a project over the period of the project be acceptable as an in-kind match?  

Yes - matching funds are based on the standards developed in NIH. If NIH has a project that requires matching funds, the matching requirements are generally 50-50 and the match can take the form of cash or in-kind contributions. The paid salary of either an investigator or a graduate student dedicated to a project over the period of the project would be acceptable as an in-kind match.

Will collaborations outside the Metro Milwaukee area be considered?  

It is possible that as this effort progresses there will be appropriate roles and opportunities for other interested Wisconsin entities to be involved. The Universities will continuously explore possible relationships with the private sector in regard to technology transfer or other aspects of the collaboration, which could involve the private sector in an appropriate and mutually beneficial way. Wisconsin companies may be directly involved in research projects, where appropriate, or participate in technology development; however, matching funds may only go to the academic institutions in Metro Milwaukee.

What qualifies for matching funds?  

As described in the application instructions, matching funds must meet the allowability and documentation requirements established by the NIH. There is one exception to the NIH rules: federal funds may be used as matching funds if the origin and purpose of those funds is fully described and deemed appropriate by the selection committee. Matching funds may include a waiver of the allowable 20% for indirect costs allowed in the project budgets.

The following links provide details of the NIH rules for cost principles and matching funds:

45 CFR Part 74: Administrative requirements for awards to institutions of higher education

45 CFR Part 74.23: Specific cost sharing and matching rules

OMB Circular A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions

OMB Circular A-21: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (Form)

I have a U.S. patent on a technology (jointly owned by UW System and the inventor) - would I qualify for this grant to develop a commercial version of the technology?  

One of the goals of the CGP is to validate the commerical potential of research innovations so that new companies can be started or the technologies can be licensed. However, since the CGP is not currently set up to fund companies, if the technology is already licensed to a company, it would not qualify for the grant.

Are total budgeted costs for the projects limited to $250k, $100k, $50k, and $25k, or can they be different than those numbers?  

The total budgeted costs can be different than the identified numbers if they are less than those numbers. For example, a total project budget could be $85k. In this case, it would be judged along with other projects in the $100k category. There may be an advantage in doing this since all projects will be judged on criteria of cost effectiveness and appropriateness of the budget.
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