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Graduate Pilot Project Grants

Goals and Eligibility:

The earlier graduate students obtain their first grant, the more likely they are to pursue a career in science.  NIH supports fellowship for graduate students but competition is intense.  We want to foster creativity and grantsmanship within students, and will, therefore, implement a mechanism to fund projects designed by them.

These projects are designed to obtain sufficient data to increase the competitiveness of students for external fellowships.  The applications for these projects require a support letter from the PhD student’s mentor. 

Additionally, one goal of the PhD graduate program is to prepare students for future teaching responsibilities.  Each graduate student funded by this award is required to provide up to 3 lectures within the IMMB Vaccinology course.


  • $5,000
  • Single Year, competitive renewal
  • Funds to be used for research supplies and costs to perform the project
  • Up to $1,000 for travel to present findings of the project
  • It is expected there will be 1-4 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 email jubevere@hsc.wvu.edu to obtain the cover page and budget form 
  • 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
  • Letter from mentor (1 page) 

Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting any applications currently.

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