Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NIAMS Core Centers for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (P30)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases of the NIAMS supports research aimed at improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system and its component tissues. Key public health problems addressed by this research include osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and muscular dystrophy. Core Centers for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBMs) are intended to combine and provide additional resources for research into these areas of human health.

CCMBM Directors are encouraged to propose a broad research base that includes multiple disciplines, departments, and institutions. The CCMBMs will provide support for core resources and facilities to be used by investigators of individually supported research projects, pilot and feasibility studies, program enrichment activities, and an Administrative Core to coordinate the Center and administer the program enrichment activities. Two or more research cores must be proposed. A research core is a facility shared by two or more Center investigators that enables them to conduct their independently funded individual research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively. Cores generally fall into one of four categories:

  1. Provision of a technology that lends itself to automation or preparation in large batches (e.g., histology, tissue culture, high throughput sequencing, and genotyping)
  2. Complex instrumentation (e.g., electron microscopy, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, whole animal imaging, microarray scanning, and mass spectrometry)
  3. Animal preparation (including transgenic and knockout) and care
  4. Methodology cores (e.g., molecular biology, systems biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and clinical)

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) key problem(s) to be addressed and how the center will advance scientific knowledge and/or clinical practice, 2) proposed structure of the core center, including proposed research cores and plans for pilot and feasibility projects, and 3) current funded research base for the center and anticipated participating departments/scientists.


Direct costs of up to $400,000 per year may be requested, with a total project period of five years

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

A non-required letter of intent is due June 30, 2008

Full proposals are due July 30, 2008

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in the life and health science disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

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