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Request for Proposals — UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Pilot Project Grants

The UIC / NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research is soliciting proposals for its Pilot Project award program. 


The awards are intended to provide investigators with the resources needed to develop preliminary data about a research hypothesis, with the expectation that awardees will subsequently develop fully formed extramural research applications for peer-review on the basis of data generated through this award. The UIC Botanical Center is focused on the selection, mechanism of action, safety and efficacy of botanicals used for women’s health.  Pilot Project research should complement the Center research themes.


Applications should outline plans to study botanicals that are used for or have the potential use for human health, including but not limited to botanicals available as dietary supplements.  Research programs might:

1)            identify and characterize new botanicals

2)            assess the bioavailability and bioactivity of botanical components

3)            conduct pre-clinical evaluations of botanicals

Research must be completed within one year and funding is not renewable. The following will be considered outside the scope of this Pilot Project solicitation and will not be reviewed:

1)            screening studies

2)            studies designed to assess the variability of botanical ingredients in consumer products

3)            clinical trials


The goal of the pilot project program is to provide junior researchers or those investigators new to botanical research the opportunity to develop preliminary data leading to independent, fundable research grant applications. 


The recipient of the Pilot Project Award will receive $25,000 with no F&A permitted.


Applicants are required to submit NIH-style proposals on form PHS 398 electronically to Dr. Tonsing-Carter by May 1, 2017. The package (excluding biosketches and references) should not be greater than 6 pages.

For more details, see our website:

Questions concerning the applications and funding may be addressed to:

Alyssa Tonsing-Carter, PhD

Program Manager of the UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research

Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy

College of Pharmacy (MC 781)

833 South Wood Street

Chicago, IL  60612-7231  / (312) 996 - 4960