UC San Diego Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
Call for Proposals
We are writing to solicit proposals for the support and acceleration of projects that will quickly lead to early stage human clinical trials, which would be conducted at UCSD under the auspices of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. Our goal is to provide administrative and other relevant support to help with the execution of creative development of clinical trials of novel stem cell related therapies for a range of human disorders. The work would all be done at UCSD in the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. In general, we will not support preclinical work with the possible exception, based on strong merit, of support needed to finish up IND-enabling studies.
Suitable studies might include testing different types of stem cells for therapy of human diseases, chemical or other modulation of endogenous or cancer stem cells, development of novel imaging methods for stem cells, etc.
The level of support and number of projects we can support will be determined by the number of meritorious projects, availability of funds, and the needs of individual projects, but we envision 2-3 awards of $1 million per year for two years, or in-kind or other support in a 2-3 year time period.
Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee chaired by Prof. Floyd Bloom, M.D., of The Scripps Research Institute. We will start with a pre-application process, which will require that you provide us with a few pieces of key information. Specifically, please provide:
Proposed PI name
Title of Project
Disease to be treated
Cells or agents to be used
Dates of desired support
Scientific evidence for the value of the approach
Current status of the project
Estimate of types of support needed.
You may enter your pre-application on this online form, or you may provide a written summary no longer than 1.5 pages with your responses. Please send your written summary to Cynthia Kuan at firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to Larry Goldstein, PhD at email@example.com and Jennifer Braswell, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that the details we have provided thus far are not necessarily adequate to inform everyone as to exactly which types of projects we are looking for. But we are sending out the first of what will be several calls over the ten year construction of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center.
We will prioritize projects that arise from San Diego investigators or from Sanford Health, and projects that could soon file an IND and move to the phase 1 stage. The deadline for pre-applications is December 1, 2014. Selected pre-applications will then be asked to provide a lengthier application with more substantial description. We will notify applicants regarding their pre-application decisions by February 15, 2015.
We look forward to hearing from our colleagues about interesting projects that we might help with. We appreciate your support.
Larry Goldstein, PhD
on behalf of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center Steering Committee
Proposed PI Name
Title of Project
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Disease to Be Treated
Cells or Agents to be Used
Dates of Desired Support
Scientific Evidence for the Value of the Approach
Limited to 3500 characters.
Current Status of the Project
Estimate of Types of Support Needed
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