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Specialized Center of Research Program (SCOR) guidelines

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LLS’s Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant program is intended to bring together established investigators from one or several institutions to develop a focused research program, foster new interactions and cooperation, and enhance interdisciplinary research among the participants. The overall goal of this mechanism is to enhance the development of innovative strategies for the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of hematological malignancies. Strategies that move discoveries from the bench to the clinic are of high importance as are integrated translational projects.
 

2021-2022 LOI and Full Application Guidelines & Instructions

Policies and Procedures

SCOR Grant Terms (Updated July 2021)

 

Award

A SCOR team will be judged as a unit and funding will not be available for otherwise meritorious but non-synergistic parts of an application. The quality and significance of the Projects and Cores, and the enhanced productivity that is likely to be achieved by linking the investigators, are the primary determinants of funding decisions.

Each SCOR is comprised of a minimum of three scientific Projects and a minimum of two scientific Cores that will cooperate under the leadership of a SCOR Director. There must be objective evidence of interdisciplinary research among the Projects and Cores.

The maximal annual total cost is $1,000,000 for each year of the five year grant. The maximum annual direct cost is $833,333.33 while the maximum annual indirect cost is $166,666.66. The SCOR Director has the authority to budget these funds among the various Projects and Cores.

 

How to Apply/Deadlines

LLS uses its own Research Portal powered by FLUXX for Letter of Intent (LOI) and full application submission.

 

Application Timeline

Call for Proposals October 6, 2021
Letter of Intent Deadline December 1, 2021, 3:00 PM (ET)
Notice of Full Application Invitation           January 14, 2022
Full Application Deadline March 28, 2022, 3:00 PM (ET)
Notification of Awards August 2022
Signed Contract, Lay Abstract, and Scientific Abstract due to LLS September 1, 2022
Funding start date October 1, 2022

 

Mission Score

During the review process, in addition to a Priority Score, each application will be assigned a Mission Score, which evaluates the alignment of the proposal with the intention of the award mechanism; it does not evaluate the scientific/clinical quality of the research. Though the Priority Score is the most prominent for funding decisions, the Mission Score may be used to distinguish between two applications with similar Priority Scores. For example, an application with a Mission Score of 1 may be funded over an application with the same/similar Priority Score, but with a Mission Score of 3.

Mission Score of 1: There is a very high degree of integration between basic and translational research with strong potential to lead to a clinical trial during the duration of the award.

Mission Score of 2: There is a very high degree of integration between basic and translational research with a moderate potential to lead to a clinical trial during the duration of the award.

Mission Score of 3: There is a moderate degree of integration between basic and translational research with a limited potential to lead to a clinical trial during the duration of the award.

SCOR Application FAQ

How do I complete the budget section on the application?

On the downloaded application template, complete the CENTER GLOBAL BUDGET for each year and then for years 1 through 5 combined, using the tables provided. These budgets should include all Projects and Cores. Complete the PROJECT SUMMARY BUDGET FOR ENTIRE FIVE YEAR PROJECT with the table for personnel and other costs as well as a budget justification for each Project. The budget justification should be a detailed itemization of each category of direct costs for each year of the program. Repeat this process using CORE-DETAILED BUDGET FOR INITIAL BUDGET PERIOD for the Cores included in your application. You must also copy the information from the GLOBAL CENTER BUDGET TOTAL FOR YEARS 1 THROUGH 5 and paste into the Fluxx webform.

How will awarded funding be dispersed, and what costs are permitted?

Awarded funds must be used for research-related costs while overhead/indirect costs strictly should be kept at a minimum. The maximum annual total cost is $1,000,000 for each year of the five year grant. The maximum annual direct cost is $833,333.33 while the maximum annual indirect cost is $166,666.66. Funding will be paid to the Sponsoring Institution of the SCOR Director, and the SCOR Director has the authority to budget these funds among the various Projects and Cores. This includes the authority to divide indirect costs as needed among participating institutions, as long as the total annual indirect costs remain no more than 20% of total annual direct costs.

How can I verify that a submission was successful?

In the LLS Research Portal, select “Submitted” under Requests. If the application is listed here, your submission was successful. If your application is not listed here, check “New or Pending” under Requests. An application in “New or Pending” has not been submitted.

How do I add the names of the administrators at my institution to my application?

In order to be listed on an application, an individual will need an account in the LLS Research Portal (Fluxx). Everyone who has an account associated with your institution will appear in the dropdown menus for each role, as long as you have first selected your institution from the dropdown menu at the top of the page. If an administrator does not appear, they probably do not have an account, and you can contact researchprograms@lls.org with their name, email address, and office phone number in order to have an account created for them. An LLS administrator will reach out to them directly with their account information.

Is there a particular naming convention that applicants should use for the Full Application Document?

There is no specific format needed for this document name, but please be sure to include the applicant’s (SCOR Director’s) full name.

When should biosketches be uploaded throughout the application process?

Biosketches should be uploaded for the SCOR Director, each Project Leader and each Core Leader during the Letter of Intent phase of the application process. These biosketches must be combined into one, single PDF and uploaded to the LLS Research Portal. Please use the most up-to-date NIH biosketch format.

Which institutions are eligible for the SCOR program?

Academic and/or research institutions in or outside of the United States are eligible to apply.

When are organizational assurances required, and what is required for these?

The Sponsoring Institution is responsible for determining which assurances are needed for each project. LLS requires proof of approval by the start date of the grant of whatever assurances are deemed necessary by the institution’s policies..

Can applicants delete instructions from the template to make more space?

No, template alterations could cause for administrative triage of your application.

Is there a salary cap?

No.

How often should Project and Core Leaders meet/communicate with each other?

Project and Core Leaders should meet via teleconference or in person at least quarterly to discuss results of their research and integration.

Is the Letter of Intent phase competitive?

Yes, the LOI phase is competitive. A scientific review panel will evaluate all letters of intent submitted and select those invited to submit a full application.

 

Need More Information?

Contact:

Senior Director of Research Administration
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
3 International Drive, Suite 200
Rye Brook, NY 10573

researchprograms@lls.org