Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects

We currently have 2 Pilot Project Request For Application (RFA) Announcements.

RFA #1

The JAX Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for Pilot Research Projects in the biology of aging utilizing currently available aged male and female J:DO Stock #009376 Diversity Outbred(DO)(6-18months of age). Stock overview: https://www.jax.org/strain/009376 .

The Diversity Outbred (DO) stock is designed to be the most genetically diverse mouse resource available, allowing more accurate modeling of the human population. Individual DO mice are genetically unique with heterogenous genomes representing a mixture of genetic contributions of eight diverse founder inbred strains. For these pilot projects, highly trained Aging Center Research Assistants skilled in aged mouse phenotyping techniques will carry out these projects. For a list of available ages and phenotyping assays, prior consultation with the Directorof the Research Development Core, Ron Korstanje (ron.korstanje@jax.org), is strongly advised.

Applications from outside The Jackson Laboratory are strongly encouraged. Junior Faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply for Pilot Projects. Postdoctoral fellows cannot serve as Principal Investigators for pilotprojects. However, they may receive support via faculty sponsors.Due to the need to manage aged mouse colonies efficiently, opportunities for phenotyping and intervention testing with aged mice require advanced planning.

Applications are due by October 30 

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter which addresses the following questions:
    • How does this research specifically relate to the biology of aging?
    • Need for Support: justify why this work cannot be completed with your existing resources
    • Anticipated impact of the Pilot Award on future plans and funding
  • NIH Style Biosketch
  • One-page description of your research plan and its significance.

Submit the cover letter and application electronically in PDF or Word format to: Joyce Billings, joyce.billings@jax.org.

RFA #2

JAX Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for Pilot Research Projects in the biology of aging utilizing currently available aged male and female C57BL6/J mice(6-24 months of age), with an especially large cohort of 18-24 month old mice in this current round.

The projectswill be carried out by highly trained ShockCenter Research Assistants skilled in aged mouse phenotyping techniques. For a list of available ages and phenotyping assays, prior consultation with the Director of the Research Development Core, Ron Korstanje (ron.korstanje@jax.org), is strongly advised.

Applications from outside The Jackson Laboratory are strongly encouraged. Junior Faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply for Pilot Projects. Postdoctoral fellows cannot serve as Principal Investigators for pilot projects. However, they may receive support via faculty sponsors.Due to the need to manage aged mouse colonies efficiently, opportunities for phenotypingandintervention testing with aged mice require advanced planning.

Applications are due by October 30.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter which addresses the following questions:
    • How does this research specifically relate to the biology of aging?
    • Need for Support: justify why this work cannot be completed with your existing resources
    • Anticipated impact of the Pilot Award on future plans and funding
  • NIH Style Biosketch
  • One-page description of your research plan and its significance.

Submit the cover letter and application electronically in PDF or Word format to: Joyce Billings, joyce.billings@jax.org.