2017 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program for the BioScience Research Collaborative
The Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) is pleased to announce the RFA for the 2017 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program. Launched in 2009 as a 10-year program with generous support from the John S. Dunn Foundation, this seed grant program continues to build the collaborative environment of the Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the interdisciplinary and interinstitutional culture of the Gulf Coast Consortia. To be eligible, new collaborative groups must include one BRC tenant (list linked below) and must propose a new research project or event. For the event award, please note that funding will not be awarded for continuing support of existing events or collaborative meetings.
Informational Workshops, Spring 2017
The Gulf Coast Consortia will host two informational workshops to familiarize eligible faculty with the 2017 John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program. Two sessions will be offered, April 5, 3:00-5:00 and Friday, May 5, 9:00-11:00 am, both in suite 170 of the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street. All interested faculty are welcome to attend either or both sessions.
The sessions will compromise three parts:
1. Overview of John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Award RFA.
2. A short workshop focused on how to prepare the components of a competitive pre-proposal.
3. An opportunity to review, discuss, and learn from previous applications.
The sessions will conclude with a Q&A session. You do not need to have identified a collaborative team to participate. Workshop Leader: Phyllis McBride, PhD, Director, Proposal Development, Rice University
John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program Testimonials
Drs Shamoo and Arias collaboration started over 6 years ago based on their common research interests. At that time, Dr. Shamoo had developed a system to test evolutionary pathways involved in development of antibiotic resistance and wanted to use it on clinical strains of multidrug-resistant organisms. Dr. Arias’ had a long standing interest in identifying mechanism of resistance in human pathogens and at that time he was studying the mechanism of resistance to daptomycin in multidrug-resistant enterococci, using isolates recovered from the bloodstream of a patient. Thus, using their combined expertise, Drs. Shamoo and Arias set out to understand the molecular and structural bases of resistance to daptomycin in these important hospital-associated pathogens. Starting with the Dunn’s foundation mechanism, this collaboration has now produced several NIH and DoD funded grants and has strengthen the ongoing efforts of both labs to combat multidrug-resistant organisms.
“It was wonderful to obtain funding from the John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award Program! Not only did I get to know my co-awardees much better, I unexpectedly also got to meet and get to know my Rice collaborator’s colleagues at Rice University who are involved in the GCC! Together, we were able to achieve an important and brand-new proof-of-concept experiment that opens the doors for improved pharmacological control of gene therapy that I feel gets us closer to clinical applications.” Lynn Zechiedrich, Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair and Professor in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine