Development Project Grants

Goals and Eligibility:

The Development Project will provide stimulus to perform sufficient vaccine research, which will ultimately support submission of grants and establish a foundation of data to build upon.  These projects will require some preliminary data, but will still have direct translational application to vaccines. 

Furthermore, the downstream commercial application will be considered as part of the funding criteria. Any researcher holding a PhD, MD, or equivalent will be eligible.  This funding mechanism will stimulate post-doc, research associate, and junior faculty-initiated projects.

To connect these Development funded projects to STEM education, each funded PI is required to provide 1 lecture in a to-be-created Immunology and Medical Microbiology (IMMB) 4 credit hour course entitled “Vaccinology”, which is open to undergraduate students.


  • $15,000 direct funds total
  • Competitive renewal
  • Up to $1,000 for travel to present findings of the project
  • Up to $5,000 can be used for a salary of students or support staff
  • It is expected there will be three Development Project Grants receiving support per year of the WV HEPC Research Challenge Award

Required Documents:

All documents should be assembled into a single PDF file. All documents should have 0.5 inch margins with Arial 11pt font and single spaced. Figures are allowed and encouraged.

  • Cover page and budget (please download here)
  • NIH Biosketch
  • Research strategy (3 page limit)
    • Specific Aims - Should clearly detail the goals and directions of the work
    • Innovation - Should speak to the need for the vaccine to be developed and the technological advancements the project offers
    • Approach - Should logically describe the aims and the experiments designed to achieve the goals
    • Outcomes - Should detail the expected results and describe any challenges with potential solutions

No new Development Project Grants at this time. Please check back in January 2020

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