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Two New Spitz Innovation Grants Available

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Executive Committee of the Case Brain Health Collaborative is pleased to announce a second round of Spitz funding with submissions due on or before August 5, 2013.

The grant awards are made through the Spitz Brain Health Innovation Fund, which supports initiatives and research to help advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders related to memory, executive function and cognition. This fund is generously supported by the Spitz family, whose vision it is to ensure that future generations will benefit from the funding provided by the Spitz Brain Health Innovation Fund and the work done by the Spitz Scholars.

In this cycle, two Spitz awards -- $50,000 each -- will be given for:

1) Spitz Clinical Research Award. This award will be given for a clinical research project related to memory, behavior or cognition. The proposal must demonstrate a direct impact on diagnosis or outcomes in patients with memory, cognitive or behavioral dysfunction preferably in a well defined patient population such as Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, traumatic brain injury, or other neurobehavioral disorders. Novel diagnostic or therapeutic approaches with well defined outcomes assessment are preferred.

2) Spitz Translational Research Award. This award will be given for laboratory based research resulting in new insights into disease pathogensis and potential new therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, prion disorders, traumatic brain injury and other neurobehavioral disorders.

An external committee will review grant applications and make award recommendations to the Case Brain Health Executive Committee. The final awards will be made by the Case Brain Health Executive Committee and will be announced on September 9, 2013. The grant period will begin once the Spitz funds are deposited into a designated research account. The grant process will be coordinated through the UH Neurological Institute.

Submissions must list current funding and demonstrate how the application is independent from already funded projects. Innovation and multidisciplinary collaboration will be preferred.

Spitz grant recipients will be recognized as Spitz Scholars.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel constituted by members of the Brain Health Executive committee and scored on criteria of academic/clinical significance to human health, strategic relevance for developing Brain Health at CWRU, and strength of the plan for leveraging additional funds / resources. Final funding decisions will be made by the Chairman of Neurology on advice from the panel.

Spitz projects should be multidisciplinary and should demonstrate relevance to the Case Brain Health Collaborative the goal of which is to foster interdisciplinary patient care, educational and research programs related to neurodegenerative disorders and brain health among CWRU colleges, schools, departments, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center consistent with the strategic plan for CWRU and the Health Care Alliance Initiative.

The award will be $50K for one year which is extendable for a second year contingent on demonstrable progress toward the primary goal. All awarded funds must be spent within a period of two years. The granting of funds in the second year will be contingent upon the demonstration of satisfactory progress as outlined in a progress report submitted at the end of the first year.

Spitz pilot grants must show relevance to human health as related to cognition, memory, executive function, learning or behavior, especially patient based research that may lead to adoption of best practices in prevention and treatment of disease.

Spitz pilot grants will encourage the use of innovative research designs, technologies and methodologies which provide novel insights into improving and measuring outcomes in human conditions affecting memory and cognition.

Spitz pilot grants must contain a strategic plan for obtaining additional external funding by leveraging results from the Spitz pilot grant.

Award recipients will be required to produce progress reports at the end of the first year and upon completion of the project. Publications and presentations resulting from this work should cite the Spitz Brain Health Innovation Pilot Grant program as a source of support.

Applicants should submit a four-page summary which contains: Background and preliminary data; significance; aims; methods and statistical plan; external funding strategy; and budget, which should not to exceed $50K. Applications should be emailed to:

Anthony J. Furlan, MD
Co-Director, Neurological Institute
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Gilbert W. Humphrey Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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