Pilot Projects

The NIDA center for genetic studies of drug abuse in outbred rats (P50DA037844) focuses on quantitative genetic studies of a range of psychologically complex drug abuse-related phenotypes in rats. In order to broaden the impact of this center we will support pilot projects that are related to the center’s objectives. Junior investigators are especially encouraged to apply. For example, we envision proposals that would:

  1. Propose additional behavioral, neuroanatomical, neurochemical, proteomic, etc. phenotyping in rats already being tested by the center.
  2. Propose to obtain additional rats from the breeding core to explore other drug-abuse relevant phenotypic domains.
  3. Utilize the services of the genotyping and sequencing core to perform  analysis of drug-abuse relevant quantitative traits
  4. Develop tools to integrate genetic studies in rats with other analogous studies in other organisms (e.g. fly, human)

In 2020 we will issue two types of awards:
1) up to $25,000/year for up to 2 years to applicants from Center’s participating institutions (University of California – San Diego, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, University at Buffalo, Wake Forest University and the University of Michigan)
2) up to 100 HS rats free of charge, including free shipping to applicants from any research institution.
See details here.

2019 Pilot Awards recipients

2017 Pilot Awards recipients

2016 Pilot Awards recipients

2014 Pilot Grants recipients

If you have questions please contact Pilot Core Director (Oksana Polesskaya, PhD).

Updated: February 5, 2020