Grant Application FAQ

Answers to our most frequently asked questions about the grant application process.

Note that most of these questions are applicable only to the full application, not the Letter of Intent.

Collaborative Research Development Grants

Can I budget for indirect costs?

Yes, you can budget up to 10% indirects.

Is there a minimum, or maximum, number of PIs for this grant?

No. One investigator will need to be selected to oversee the project, but there is no limit on how many other investigators can be listed. Whatever fits the scope of the project is appropriate.

Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for this award?

Yes, international applicants are eligible for this award.

Can I budget for animal supplies?

Yes.

Can I have an extension on the due date?

No. Any letter of intent or applications submitted after the due date will not be considered.

How many Collaborative Research Development Grants do you anticipate awarding this year?

The number of new Collaborative Research Development Grants we will award depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds.

Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRA office, or loaded online?

They should be loaded into proposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Should I use the NIH salary cap when budgeting for salary support?

Yes. Effective January 5, 2020, for all individuals with salary paid by NIH awards, the direct salary cap is $197,300.

Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for this award?

Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

Do I really have to limit my references to just one page?

Yes. You will not be punished for brevity and everyone is in the same boat. In this case, feel free to use a smaller font and play with the margins if it helps.

FAQs about the OCRA/Microsoft AI for Health grant opportunity:

What is Microsoft AI for Health? 

Microsoft AI for Health, a philanthropic program at Microsoft, offers access to advanced Microsoft Azure cloud computing and collaboration with data science experts for nonprofits, academia, and researchers.  AI for Health is part of Microsoft’s larger AI for Good initiative. 

How are OCRA and Microsoft partnering? 

OCRA will be providing Collaborative Research Development Grant (CRDG) recipients with monetary support, up to $900,000USD over a period of 3 years. For those CRDG recipients that have AI components to their project, Microsoft will provide in-kind support in the form of Azure computing credits, and in-kind data science support.  This in-kind support from Microsoft will be in addition to the financial support from OCRA. 

I plan to submit a Collaborative Research Development Grant LOI or application but do not plan to propose an AI-related project.  Can I still apply?

Of course! While we are excited about this new collaboration, we anticipate a minority of our applicants will pursue AI-related projects. If you have applied for a CRDG grant in the past, we hope you will apply again!  

Will Microsoft provide any additional financial support for my project? 

No.

What type of support, and how much, will Microsoft provide? 

Microsoft will provide a selected grantee in-kind support in the form of Azure computing credits, and in-kind data science support.  The nature and exact level of support provided will depend on the requirements of the project.  If your project is selected, you will work directly with the staff at Microsoft AI for Health to determine the specifics of the support.  You will also contract directly with Microsoft for that support.  

Will Microsoft review or help select applications for funding? 

All funding decisions will be made by OCRA’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).  Those grant applications requesting support from Microsoft will also be reviewed by the AI for Health team, which will provide feedback to the OCRA SAC, but Microsoft staff will not make funding decisions.   

If my project has an AI component, and I am interested in the Microsoft AI for Health component, do I need to submit a separate application? 

No.  No additional information is needed at the LOI stage.  There are sections in the full application that are required for applicants that wish to request support from Microsoft, in which you will detail the nature of support required.  Please ensure that you fill these sections out in their entirety if you would like to be considered for Microsoft support.

Liz Tilberis Early Career Award

Can I budget for indirect costs?

Yes, you can budget up to 10% indirects.

I am an Assistant Professor but took this position over seven years ago. Am I still eligible to apply for this award?

No.

I am an Associate Professor. Am I eligible for this award?

No, Associate Professors are not eligible.

I am a prior recipient of an Ann Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award. Am I eligible to apply for the Liz Tilberis Early Career Award?

Yes. In the past some of our Ann and Sol Schreiber grantees have gone on to be awarded Liz Tilberis Early Career Awards.

I am not an oncologist. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, you are eligible. You are not required to be an oncologist or a gynecologic oncologist to apply, though you must conduct ovarian cancer research.

Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for this award?

Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

How much of my time needs to be dedicated to ovarian cancer research?

For MDs/DOs or MD/DO-PhD applicants with clinical responsibilities, at least 50% of your time must be dedicated to ovarian cancer research.

For applicants without clinical responsibilities, at least 75% of the time must be dedicated to ovarian cancer research.

How do I, and my institution, certify that I will spend 50% or 75% of my time on research?

You can write as much in a letter accompanying your application. Your institution can do by including this in one of the letters of recommendation.

Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for this award?

Yes, international applicants are eligible for this award.

The guidelines state that I am allowed to budget up to $75,000 for salary. Can I also include salary support for an additional staff person?

Yes, you may. Many applicants include salary support for a junior researcher/analyst in their budget.

Do I really have to use one-inch margins on the written portion of my application?

Yes.

Can I include tuition, for myself or for my post-doc, in my grant budget?

No.

Is there a page limit on the letters of recommendation?

No hard and fast limit, but we suggest you urge your recommenders to keep it to two pages.

Can I budget for animal supplies?

Yes.

How many Liz Tilberis Early Career Awards do you anticipate awarding this year?

The number of new Liz Tilberis Awards we will award depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds.

Can I have an extension on the due date?

No. Any applications submitted after the due date will not be considered.

Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRA office, or loaded online?

They should be loaded into proposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

In proposalCENTRAL, I don’t see a place to upload a cover letter or personal statement. Is this required.

This is not required.

Where in proposalCENTRAL can I include supplementary materials?

There is nowhere in proposaCENTRAL where you can upload miscellaneous documents. No other documents other than those required are allowed.

I have an NCI K99/R00 award. Am I eligible for the Liz Tilberis Early Career Award?

No.

Ann and Sol Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award

Can multiple applicants from the same institution apply for this award?

Yes. Each investigator may only submit one grant application, but there is no limit to how many applications an institution can submit.

Can one mentor be on multiple projects?

No, each mentor can only support one applicant per year.

Are PIs working in European, or other non-US based institutions, eligible for this award?

Yes, international applicants are eligible for this award.

Can I budget for animal supplies?

Yes.

How many Ann and Sol Schreiber Mentored Investigator Awards do you anticipate awarding this year?

The number of new Ann and Sol Schreiber grants we will award depends on our total grant budget for the year, and how our Scientific Advisory Committee decides to distribute the research funds.

Can I have an extension on the due date?

No. Any applications submitted after the due date will not be considered.

Should letters of recommendation be send directly to the OCRA office, or loaded online?

They should be loaded into proposalCENTRAL along with the rest of your application materials.

Is this grant for $75,000 each year for one or two years? Or is the total grant $75,000, which can be used over one or two years?

The total amount of this award is $75,000. It’s up to you whether you like to budget that for one year, or for two years. Regardless, the total cost of the award cannot exceed $75,000.

Can I budget for indirect costs?

Yes, you can budget up to 10% indirects.