Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

UW Cannabis Research: Request for Proposals

Posted: 3/7/2017 (Funding)

The University of Washington (UW) Center for Cannabis Research (CCR) in conjunction with the Office of Research is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to support basic or translational cannabis research and development by UW faculty. Grants, up to $250,000 each, will be awarded to support research and development in any field of science, engineering, economics, public policy or health, clinical practice, ecology, or sociology. The purpose of this opportunity, funded by Washington State tax revenue from the retail sales of cannabis, is to enhance the scientific understanding of cannabis cultivation and its effects on individuals and society at large.

Eligibility

The investigator must be a member of the UW faculty or professional staff eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) as determined by the unit of the UW School or College in which s/he is appointed. The research to be conducted may be basic or translational, but must be relevant to cannabis and conducted at the University of Washington.

Award Mechanism

The award mechanism will be an internal (to UW) grant administered by the Office of Research. Because the source of funds is a State of Washington proviso budget, the grant performance period will be July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.  Confirmation of funding may not occur until, or very close to, July 1, 2017.

Criteria for Selection

A committee of faculty acquainted with various aspects of cannabis and cannabis-related research and the effects of cannabis on individuals and society will conduct a peer review of all eligible proposals received. Based on recommendations of the peer review committee and approval by the Office of Research, awards will be made by the CCR. The peer review committee will consider the following criteria in making its recommendations:

  • Strength of the science as described in the research proposal
  • Relevance and significance of the proposed research to understanding cannabis
  • Likelihood of the proposed research generating innovative results of interest to the science, policy or sociology of cannabis
  • Relevant experience of the proposed research team as evidenced by their biographical sketches; multiple-PI proposals are encouraged
  • Feasibility of completing the proposed research in the 12-month time frame, including availability of key personnel

Expectations

Within 90 days following the termination of the grant, the PI will submit to the CCR a detailed technical report of progress made and results obtained on the grant. The report will also include an abstract of the research written in lay language. In addition, all research publications (including abstracts of presentations) resulting from the grant and related research will be forwarded to the CCR as they become available. Appropriate acknowledgement of the Washington State funding, through the CCR, must accompany all publications. PIs may be requested to speak with Washington State legislators about their research. All information pertaining to the award and the research, including all results, will be made publicly available following the protection of intellectual property generated by the research and presentation of the research to the scientific community.

Allowable Costs

Any costs directly attributable to the research as described in the proposal may be paid from the grant. The University will not charge facilities and administrative (indirect) costs to these grants, nor will it allow such charges from departments or external entities. The awardee department is reminded that only direct costs incurred within the project period (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) will be allowed.

Proposal Requirements

The following materials must be received electronically as separate Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, or PowerPoint files attached to a single e-mail to research@uw.edu on or before noon PDT, Friday, April 7, 2017:

  • Biographical Sketch or CV as it relates to the proposed research for the PI and key members of the research team
  • Abstract of the proposed research in lay language (200 word maximum)
  • Research Plan, not to exceed five (5) pages; to include Title, Context and Significance, Hypothesis, Specific Aims, Methodology (including statistical analysis, time line, and available facilities and resources), and Anticipated Results/Problems/Solutions
  • For research involving the handling of cannabinoids, provide a discussion of how federal Schedule 1 requirements either do not apply or will be met
  • Line item budget for the amount being requested, not to exceed $250,000; any format may be used for the budget
  • Appendices, if any (such as literature references or letters of collaboration from co-investigators), may be submitted, but should not be relied upon as a means of exceeding the page limitations

Timeline

Before Friday, April 7, 2017              Optional, but appreciated:  Email Letter of Intent

to submit proposal to research@uw.edu

(Subject Line: LOI – Cannabis Research Proposal)

Friday, April 7, 2017                          Proposals due via email to research@uw.edu

by noon PDT

Friday, June 2                                     Notification of selections made

July 1, 2017                                         Anticipated start date

June 30, 2018                                      Award termination date

Questions and Further Information

Questions and requests for further information may be addressed to research@uw.edu.

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Deadline: 04/07/2017