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Grants for Research and School Partnerships (GRASP)


Please read the 2013 request for applications

Criteria for Evaluation
Application Format
Progress and Final Reports
Application Process
Previous Awardees


  • To promote inter-school collaboration in research;
  • To encourage faculty to become more involved in research; and
  • To develop grant preparation skills and generate preliminary data for subsequent extramural peer-reviewed proposals

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Maximum amount of award per proposal for 2013:  $75,000

Term of award: 24 months

Number of awards for 2013: 3

Deadline for submission: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm PT

Deadline for Letter of Intent:  Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm PT

Anticipated date of award announcement: March 1, 2014

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  • The project must include two co-principal investigators from different schools on the LLU campus and/or the Medical Center. (The Medical Center and the School of Medicine are considered a single entity for the purpose of this initiative.) Additional individuals may provide support as co-investigators, but no more than two Principal Investigators may be named on an application.
  • At least one co-PI must have received less than $100,000 in direct costs for support of their research activities during the 12 months preceding the date of this announcement. There are no restrictions on the funding available to the other co-PI during the previous12 months.
  • Only studies conducted at facilities on the Loma Linda campus will be considered. Both PIs must have LLU faculty appointments.

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Criteria for Evaluation

  • Awardswill be based primarily on scientific merit, including significance, innovation, originality of approach, technical merit, and consistency with institutional interests and goals. The quality of inter-school collaboration, the PI leadership plan, justification of the budget, and potential for future funding will also beconsidered.   

  • Inclusion of preliminary data supporting the proposed study is recommended. In the absence of preliminary data, strong literature support for the planned study is required. 

  • The focus will be on funding high impact, paradigm shifting, innovative projects. Consequently, the application must clearly describe the potential impact of the project on the field and highlight its innovative elements.   

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of extramurally funded investigators, particularly those who have served on federal grant review panels. A subset of the panel with expertise in social, behavioral, and qualitative research will review such applications. Consistent with scientific merit, the panel will attempt to include as many schools among the awards as possible.

  • To the extent that it can be maintained in the review process, applications will be kept confidential, but the abstracts of funded projects will be public.

GRASP Scoring Guide

Definitions of the review criteria

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Application Format

The font size must be 11 point or larger with six lines per inch and margins of at least one-half inch. The sections identified below may not exceed their indicated page limits.  The following headings are expected.

Title Page (Limit: one page) – Include the title of the project, names of both principal investigators, their contact information (including institutional e-mail and phone numbers, name of department or center) and total dollars requested for the period of support.

Abstract & Key Words (Limit: thirty lines of text) – The abstract should briefly state the significance and goals of the proposed study and summarize the work to be accomplished. It should be suitable for assigning the applications to appropriate reviewers. Four to six key words are required to identify the general area of the research and to define the principle elements of the study.

Biographical Sketches (Limit: four pages per investigator) – Provide biosketches of principal investigators and co-investigators.

Budget (Template automatically generated in LLeRA) – Design a complete budget for up to 24 months of support. Identify amounts for each PI, expenditures for non-faculty salaries, supplies, and miscellaneous costs. Only non-faculty salaries and wages are permitted. GRASP awards may not be used for equipment purchases (items costing $2,500 or more), travel expenses, or indirect costs. The total budget may not exceed $75,000 with neither co-PI allocated more than $45,000. Consult with your assigned financial analyst in Research Affairs - Financial Management (ext. 44589). No carryover of funds will be permitted beyond 24 months from the date of award account activation.  Find out more about drafting a proposal budget.

Budget Justification (Limit: one page) – Indicate the purpose of supplies, support personnel and other costs.  

Research Plan (Limit: ten pages) – (See LLU guidance for writing a research plan) Provide information for the five subsections described below:

A. Specific Aims (Limit: one page)

Summarize the overarching problem that is under investigation. State the hypothesis or objective(s) and list the specific aims of the proposed project and their overall significance or impact.

B. Leadership Plan (Limit: one page)

Both PIs must make major contributions to the project with responsibility for about half the study activities.  Indicate the individual research assignments of the PIs.  State how the co-PIs will coordinate their activities, resolve problems, and allocate responsibilities for management and reporting.

C. Background and Significance (Limit: one page)

Describe the background leading to the present application. State the significance and usefulness of the proposed research to unsolved problems in science, health care, public health, society, the environment, industry, agriculture, etc.

D. Research Design and Methods (Limit: six pages)

Describe the procedures to be used to accomplish the specific aims. Include preliminary data when available.  Diagrams, figures and tables should be embedded in the text. Emphasize the novel concepts, approaches, tools, or technologies in the proposed studies. Discuss potential difficulties and limitations of the proposed procedures and alternative approaches to achieve the aims. Explicitly address how the data will be treated statistically, analyzed and interpreted.  

E. References (Limit: one page)

Animal Studies or Human Subjects – When laboratory animals or human subjects are involved, integrate those descriptions into the Research Design and Methods section. If the proposal is awarded, separate applications for the use of animals or for the involvement of human subjects must be submitted for approval by the Institutional Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), respectively, before work may begin. 

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Progress and Final Reports

A progress report is due 12 months after award account activation. It will include:

  • a summary of results and observations;
  • an assessment of the rate of progress;
  • whether the study is on track for completion by the end of the project period; and
  • anticipated changes in the research plan with their justification.

No extensions of the project period are permitted.  Within 30 days of the end of the project period, a final report is due. It should include:

  • accomplishments;
  • significant results;
  • manuscripts prepared for publication; and
  • plans for extramural grant applications. 

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Intent to Apply and Application Process:

Applications will be submitted electronically through the LLeRA Proposal Development module, a part of the institutional research management software (Request LLeRA password). Intent to submit an application must be indicated by sending an email message to Sherie Donahue ( and Cindy Dickson ( with

  • the names of the two PIs,
  • whether the proposal involved human and/or animal subjects
  • a tentative title,
  • and a proposed start date (before April 1, 2014).
  • The intent to apply must be received by 5:00 pm, October 15, 2013.  An electronic project record will be created into which applicants may load the application. A printed, fully executed LLU Transmittal form is required by the application deadline (November 12, 2013, 5:00 pm). 

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General Information: Anthony Zuccarelli, ext. 88544

Technical and Application Guidance: Sherie Donahue, ext. 83911

Budget and Financial Advice: Laura Moore, ext. 44589

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Previous Awardees

2013 awardees

Takkin Lo and Traci Marin
Angiogenesis: mechanisms in normoxia, hypoxia, and hyperoxia
Stephen Dunbar and Danilo Boskovic Heavy metals and POPs in Hawksbills and their prey implications for human health
Rodrigo Viecilli and Serkan Inceoglu Biomechanics of severe apical root resorption

2012 awardees

Xeuzhong Qin and Wei-Xing Shi

Role of miRNA223 in Multiple Sclerosis

Cameron Neece and Lisa Roberts Supporting Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Challenging Behavior: A Pilot Study of the MAPS Project
Valery Filippova and Karen Jaceldo Discovery of Serum Mediators, Biomarkers and Pathways that Reflect the Effects of Diet, Gender, Physical Activity and Race

2011 awardees

Richard Hartman and Ying Nie The Long-Term Behavioral and Neuropathological Effects of Radiation-Induced Growth Hormone Deficiency
Kevin Nick and Kerby Oberg Characterization of “Irritant Soil” in Ethiopia and its Role in Podoconiosis
Mathew Kattadiyil and Susan Hall Are Bone Turnover Markers Associated With Frequency of Complete Denture Relines?
Victoria Maskiewicz and Serkan Inceoglu Novel Orthopedic Cements for the Controlled Delivery of Antibiotics in the Treatment of Prosthetic Infection in Total Joint Arthroplasty

2010 awardees

Robert Ostrowski and Lei (Helen) Huang Hyperbaric oxygen treatment improves outcomes following repetitive mild juvenile traumatic brain injury
Evertt Lohman III and David Hessinger Mechanism of vibration-induced skin blood flow
Wu Zhang and Xiaobing Zhang Treating Periodontal Disease with iPS cell-derived Mesenchymal Stem cells in a Rat Model
Christopher Perry and Steven Kurti Laser Assisted Polymer Mediated Size and Shape Control of Gold Nanoparticles
David Weldon and Kimberly Payne Natural Product Therapy to Inhibit B Cell Precursor Proliferation
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