CRITERIA FOR FUNDING
The following criteria will be used to evaluate all applications:
a. Significance of research
b. Scientific merit of the proposed research plan
c. Probability of successful completion of the project
d. Potential for obtaining extramural funds based on this project
Applications will be reviewed on a tri-annual cycle, with deadlines set as the first working day of April, August, and December. Applications should be delivered to the Research Office at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Applications will be reviewed within three months of the entry deadline.
Applications will be reviewed by the members of the Research Committee, with members excusing themselves from the review of any application in which they are involved as investigator or co-investigator, or have a conflict of interest. In reviewing applications, outside opinions may be solicited in areas of research which members of the Committee cannot assess. Investigators may be contacted directly by members of the Committee. Upon request, investigators will be given copies of the critiques of their applications, not including the identities of the reviewers.
Applications which are incomplete, insufficiently documented, or do not follow the application instructions will be returned without further review.
Grants will be awarded for one year or until successful completion with progress reports submitted and approval of extensions. Additional funding of up to $15,000 will be considered upon review of the committee and will require submission of a new application. A project is eligible for additional funding if (a) there is an area in the same domain of research requiring additional funding; or (b) the project ties in with new work for which outside funding is highly likely and interim funding is necessary. The additional funding process is competitive and a project is eligible for additional funding only once. Applications will be judged on the progress of the project under its original funding, explanation of any major delays, and justification for additional funding. Applications for additional funding may be turned in only after the final report of the previously supported project is submitted.