PCTC “Jump-Start” Awards

PCTC Jump Start Award Program


To provide the PCTC with a mechanism to quickly award small grants to junior faculty (less than 5 years from their appointment to Assistant Professor), Research Associates, Graduate Students, Fellows and Postdocs to support a well-defined specific aim. The aim should involve at least one of the following, with priority given to proposals that incorporate two:

1.     The application of new technology to an existing translational research question

2.     The generation of preliminary data for a new translational research goal and grant application

3.     The facilitation of inter-hub collaboration

A maximum of six awards, not to exceed $10,000 each, may be awarded each year. Research Hub Institutions are encouraged to provide waivers for F&A costs to preserve Jump Start funds for research. No salary support is allowed for faculty, graduate students, research associates, or fellows. Detailed budgets with clear justifications will constitute a major component of the application. Expenditures must adhere to the approved budget. Funds will be disbursed by the PCTC Administrative Coordinating Center (PCACC) at the direction of the NHLBI following review by a panel of PCTC members.

Submission Deadlines: March 1, 2018 (1st round); September 3, 2018 (2nd round); March 1, 2019 (3rd round)

March 2019 Cycle

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Mock Study Section, Boston University, July 26, 2018

Dr. Darrell Kotton held a PCTC Mock Study Section on July 26, 2018, at Boston University to assist trainees in the design and preparation of PCTC Jump Start Award applications.

Applicants submitted a complete draft Jump Start Award application. Submissions to the September 2018, or March 2019, Jump Start Award cycles expected for draft proposals were reviewed at the mock study section.


  • Peer review guidelines and process
  • Common weaknesses of scientific grant proposals
  • Feedback on draft Jump Start Award applications

This event is ideal for post-doctoral fellows or first year faculty.

No fee was charged for attending this study section. Travel expenses were covered by the PCTC Administrative Coordinating Center.

Meeting Location:
Boston University School of Medicine
Center for Regenerative Medicine
670 Albany St., 2nd Floor, CReM conference room
Boston, MA 02118

Agenda and details: /content/agenda-and-details-pctc-mock-study-section-july-26-2018

If you have any questions about the mock study section, please contact Michael Terrin (mterrin@som.umaryland.edu).

Jump Start Award Application Process:

An application form is attached below.

Page 1 will be a standard PHS 398 face page. (line 2: Number: N/A Title: NHLBI PCTC Jump Start Award)

Page 2 includes the application title, personnel, abstract, and check list. 

Page 3 includes the proposed Aim, including significance/ innovation/ and anticipated results.

Page 4 includes a detailed budget with justification for the approach.

Page 5 is optional but may include figures and references.

Page 6 includes a signed statement from the PCTC Research Hub Contact PI in support of the applicant and provides assurance that the proposed work is not already supported.

Finally, please attach applicants (not Research Hub PIs) PHS 398-formatted biosketches.

Please send your documents in PDF format to: mterrin@som.umaryland.edu, alefever@som.umaryland.edu, and litang@som.umaryland.edu.

Review Process:

PCTC investigators are responsible for the review process. Two Review committee Chairs will be identified, each serving for one review cycle per year. They will convene a committee with members selected from PCTC investigators to assure appropriate reviewer expertise for the science proposed and no conflicts of interest. Reviews can be conducted via email or teleconference.

Awards will be issued in the name of the junior faculty/trainee, and will carry an official grant number which can be listed on the grantees CV. This will provide important attribution.

A brief summary of outcomes will be reported at the PCTC annual meeting. 

List of funded PCTC Jump Start Awards:


Microsoft Office document icon Jump Start Application.doc47.5 KB
PDF icon PHS 398 face page 1.pdf413.37 KB

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