Convergence Grant Program

Funding level: $50,000  per application.

*Please note: this program has been suspended at this time. 

The Connecticut Convergence Institute offers a new seed funding opportunity to faculty for transdisciplinary projects that are likely to lead to applications for external funding in the area of regenerative engineering.  It is anticipated that funding will support investigator-initiated research projects. Proposals focusing on strategies for limb regeneration and/or novel approaches for regeneration of complex tissues are sought.

Background: The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering is the merger of The Institute for Regenerative Engineering (IRE) with the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS). The focus of the new Institute is on the new field of regenerative engineering which is defined as the convergence of advanced materials science, stem cell science, physics, developmental biology and clinical translation for the regeneration of complex tissues and organ systems. Strengthening research of relevance to regenerative engineering, especially work related to the Hartford Engineering a Limb (HEAL) Project, and the UCONN-DOD Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, centered at the Connecticut Convergence Institute, are major goals.

Eligibility: An applicant investigator must hold an appointment at UConn Health/UConn Storrs as faculty. The investigator must identify and work with a core faculty member of the Connecticut Convergence Institute who serves as a Principal Investigator on the convergence grant. A list of core facility members is available on our website.

The funds may be used for:

  • Research supplies and materials, animals, and core services
  • Research equipment essential to the research being proposed, under $2,000
  • Software if fully justified by the scholarly demands of the proposed work
  • Research participant compensation costs

We are also committed to engaging students at the Connecticut Convergence Institute in convergent research. Budget costs must include a 6 person-months (50 percent) effort for a graduate assistant.

Not allowed on Convergence Grant Funding:

Personnel costs except graduate assistants, Publication costs, Service/maintenance contracts, Membership fees, Office supplies, Travel

Compliance with and documentation of regulatory approval is required prior to expenditure of funds. The initial award period will be for one year but a one-time no-cost extension may be requested. Award notices are expected by April, 2019.

Application Process:

  • Contact information for the PIs and Co-PIs and a letter of endorsement from a core faculty member.
  • A maximum of four pages describing, background, aims, preliminary studies (if applicable), research methods (including timeline), and plans for future grant submissions
  • NIH/NSF format biosketches for all PIs and Co-PIs
  • A detailed and itemized budget & budget justification

Criteria of Selection for Funding:

  1. Priority will be given to projects intended to support novel, innovative research programs
  2. PI/Team qualifications
  3. Likelihood that the project will lead to subsequent external funding and/or commercial development.

Questions: Feel free to contact Dr. Kevin Lo, Assistant Director, at wlo@uchc.edu or 860-679-2949.