ATIP FAQs last updated November 10 2020
Please See FOA for Eligibility Criteria. Not in the FOA:
- Faculty on H-1B Visas are not eligible to apply for an ATIP grant or other UMB ICTR resources
Yes, you may apply for an ATIP grant with an overlapping project as long as a funding decision has not been made by the other organization. That is, for external grants submitted at around the same time as ATIP and for the same project (where there is budgetary overlap), our policy is that if the ATIP funding decision precedes that of another grant, the ATIP grant would be awarded. However, if the submitted project is funded by another entity prior to the ATIP funding decision, then the applicant should notify us and the ATIP application would not be considered for funding for that round.
Please submit a biosketch for each faculty level team member. Resumes are suitable for all other team members.
We encourage applicants to establish collaborations outside of their departments and within the UM system, but it is not a requirement. Collaborations with community partners also are encouraged. Please note, team members from academic institutions are not considered community partners for the purpose of the ATIP pilot grants.
No. ATIP awards should not be considered supplements to existing grants, but as a mechanism to foster collaborations and generate new data that will result in new grants. We will consider an application to be used in conjunction with an existing grant if it shows the ATIP project could successfully leverage a new award or award renewal.
ATIP Applications must provide two external and two internal reviewers. The ICTR will send the application to the designated reviewers after submission. Please see the FOA for information about selecting your Internal and External Reviewers and avoiding a conflict of interest.
Since UMBC applications must have a Co-PI from UMB, any reviewer from UMBC or UMB will be considered an internal reviewer.
While internal reviewers are to be selected from the PI(s)’ campus, internal reviewers should not be selected from the PIs’ section, division or department (if department is small) due to the likelihood of a COI.
In general, do not select internal or external reviewers that are from any key person's section, division or department (if department is small) due to the likelihood of a COI.
Please discuss your reviewer designees with your team to confirm that COIs do not exist.
Consultant fees are not included in the $7,500 faculty salary budget limit unless the consultant holds a faculty position at an academic institution.
If you are including non-faculty level consultant/consultant fees in your application,
- Please include a letter from each consultant that specifies the consulting service to be provided and the rate/charge for the service.
- Complete a Key Personnel form for consultants and provide their resume/biosketch
UM faculty members at non-UMB schools are considered external reviewers for ATIP grants except in the case where a PI is from UMBC. UMBC applicants should not list UMBC faculty in there external reviewer selections.
The faculty support cannot exceed $7500 for the entire ATIP budget.
Faculty include professorial-level and non-professorial level faculty.
The $7500 limit for faculty support is inclusive of fringe benefits.
The costs for consultants holding a faculty position at this institution or another institution must be included in this $7500.
Support for personnel who hold a staff-level HR position is separate from the $7500 faculty limit. Please confirm with the personnel's administrator to confirm that the HR position.
Please note that most NIH pilot awards do not permit faculty salary support. The justification for including faculty salary support in an ATIP budget will be reviewed.
UMB ICTR ATIP funding opportunities are announced once a year. 2020 was an exception when a special round for COVID-19 applications was announced in addition to the yearly announcement. The number of applications funded at each round varies depending on available resources. Typically, 12 - 18 projects are awarded per round.
Yes, we will consider payments to an outside partnering organization, where appropriate, as a “service provider” (not as a sub-award). This expense should be justified and itemized under “Miscellaneous Expenses” in the budget template form.
Yes. Salary support can be requested for UMB study team personnel instrumental to the success of the project. Salary support for faculty-level team members cannot exceed $7,500 of the total budget.
Yes, per campus policy, please include the signature of the department chair (or designee) or school dean (or designee) on the cover letter.
For applicants planning to resubmit a previous ATIP grant submission from a previous round, please note in the cover letter that this is a resubmission and to please see the Research Plan where you have addressed the reviewer’s concerns on the first page (typically, 1 page, but could be longer if necessary).
No. The ATIP application is submitted directly to the UMB ICTR by the Lead Principal Investigator (PI) via the ATIP electronic application in the UMB REDCap system.
If the UMB graduate student is providing services essential to conduct of the project and the work is conducted at UMB, you may include the graduate student's UMB stipend cost, and insurance if needed, in your budget justification. Tuition fees are not permitted.