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The T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion invites applications for one-time, non-renewable seed grant proposals for 2020. Please continue to check back for new updates and opportunities.

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(Closed - First Stage Applications Under Review) Applied Research in Empathy and Compassion

(This call is closed - First Stage Applications are Under Review)

2020 Request for Applied Research Applications under the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion

 

 The Center for Research on Empathy and Compassion, operating within the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, invites applications for one-time, non-renewable seed grant proposals for 2020. The Institute exists to enhance the well-being of faculty and students through elucidation of the neurobiological bases of empathy and compassion, and the application of research advances through novel educational and training initiatives.

 

The Center for Research on Empathy and Compassion pursues both basic and applied research.  Applied research is the focus of this RFA. An RFA for the basic science agenda was released in February 2020 with a deadline of March 2020. The basic science agenda has a focus on the fundamental features of neural function and behavior in the context of paradigms that engage empathy and compassion.  The applied research agenda will focus on outcomes of interventions carried out in ecologically valid contexts that foster empathy, compassion, alleviation of anxiety, and, more generally, pro-social behavior.

 

Both subjective and objective measures of outcome are valid. Examples of objective measures include functional and structural MRI, EEG and MEG, and local field potentials and single neuron recordings.  In addition, approaches to the assessment of behavior, social interaction, contextual awareness, and emotional response are encouraged. These include, but are not limited to, measures of facial expression and evaluation of discourse, gesture, and distributed cognition.  The Center encourages the incorporation of measures of physiological function (e.g., heart rate, sympathetic/parasympathetic function, blood, and saliva biomarkers) when projects are designed to help bridge the gap between measures of behavior and neural function. We are eager to exploit basic science insights to enhance training and intervention programs.

 

The Center especially encourages projects that are relevant to patient interactions with health care professionals and their relationship to professional burnout, depersonalization, and emotional fatigue.  This includes systems-level work guided by principles of empathy and compassion to improve physicians’ work experience and well-being and multidimensional innovations that span individual health care professionals, patients, care teams, and the records and equipment with which they interact. 

 

The Center is interested in cross-disciplinary projects that effectively integrate measures of brain, body, and behavior/social interaction in applied settings that engage and foster empathy and compassion.  Projects may be a proof-of-concept, pilot, or early stage and may be add-ons to existing studies. The level of funding for projects supported under this RFA is expected to be $50,000 to $100,000 for one year, with possible renewal for one additional year.  

 

 

FIRST STAGE APPLICATIONS

Please send a 500-word abstract that will be scored by the review committee.  The abstract should include: a) the project title, b) the research question, c) the relevance of project outcomes to the goals of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, d) proposed methodologies, e) the groups or systems targeted for training and/or intervention, and f) a list of research team members (please include a NIH or equivalent biosketch for each investigator).  Submit first stage applications as a single pdf via form on website (https://empathyandcompassion.ucsd.edu/research/index.html)

 You may access the application form herehttps://forms.gle/7fiz8WNK9q2gCWrj7

Applicants will be notified as to the outcome of the review, and those selected for further evaluation will be asked to submit a second stage application. The second stage application will allow applicants to more fully detail the hypothesis, preliminary data, scope, and methods to be employed as well as expected outcomes.  A detailed budget will be required together with justification. Allowable expenses will include those normally permissible under NIH funding, including personnel, research reagents, and resources and small pieces of equipment. No renovations will be supported.

 

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(Closed - Pending Decisions) The Center for Research on Empathy and Compassion

(This call is closed -  Pending final decisions)


2020 Request for Research Applications under the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion

The Center for Research on Empathy and Compassion, operating within the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, invites applications for one-time, non-renewable seed grant proposals for 2020. The Institute exists to enhance well-being of faculty and students through elucidation of the neurobiological bases of empathy and compassion and the application of research advances through novel educational and training initiatives.

The Center for Research on Empathy and Compassion will pursue both basic and applied research.  The basic science agenda will focus on the fundamental features of neural function and behavior in the context of paradigms that engage empathy and compassion.  The applied research agenda will focus on changes that result from training in empathy and compassion, as defined using both subjective and objective measures. Projects that directly link training to changes in brain function are of special interest. In turn, we are eager to exploit basic science insights to enhance training programs

 The Center is interested in cross-disciplinary projects that effectively integrate measures of brain, body, and behavior/social interaction in applied or experimental settings that engage empathy and compassion.  Projects may be proof-of-concept, pilot, or early stage and may be add-ons to existing studies. The Center encourages projects are relevant to patient-physician interactions and their relationship to professional burnout, depersonalization, and emotional fatigue.  The level of funding for projects supported under this RFA is expected to be $50,000 to $100,000 for one year, with possible renewal for one additional year.  

 The Center is open to a wide range of subjective and objective measures to examine neural dynamics in humans and animals associated with acts and experiences of empathy and compassion and associated with training in empathy and compassion.  Examples of objective measures include functional and structural MRI, EEG and MEG and local field potentials and single neuron recordings.  In addition, approaches to the assessment of behavior, social interaction, contextual awareness, and emotional response are encouraged, including, but not limited to, measures of facial expression and evaluation of discourse, gesture, and distributed cognition.  The Center encourages incorporation of measures of physiological function (e.g., heart rate, sympathetic/parasympathetic function, blood biomarkers) when projects are designed to help bridge the gap between measures of behavior and neural function.

 

FIRST STAGE APPLICATIONS

Please send a 500-word abstract that will be scored by the review committee.  The abstract should include a) the project title, b) the research question, c) its relevance to the goals of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, d) proposed methodologies, and e) a list of research team members (please include an NIH or equivalent biosketch for each investigator). 

 Applicants will be notified as to the outcome of the review and those elected for further evaluation will be asked to submit a second stage application. The second stage application will allow applicants to more fully detail the hypothesis, preliminary data, scope and methods to be employed as well as expected outcomes.  A detailed budget will be required together with justification. Allowable expenses will include those normally allowable under NIH funding, including personnel, research reagents, and resources and small pieces of equipment. No renovations will be supported.

 

SECOND STAGE APPLICATIONS

The second stage application process is an expanded and detailed outline of your proposal.

The following sections will be required with maximum page limits listed below.

Please use Arial 11 font or equivalent and no smaller than 1⁄2 inch margins. Please send the final proposal in one pdf file with all sections included.

  • Project Title, Investigators, and Specific Aims, 1/2 page;
  • Background/Rationale, 1 page;
  • Research Plan: The plan should include details of the approach, information regarding the nature of the subject pool, measurements to be taken and expected outcomes as they relate to the study of Empathy and Compassion 2 pages;
  • Timeline and Projected Project Results and/or Deliverables (e.g., conference paper, poster presentation, software artifact, planned publications), 1/2 page;
  • Anticipated External Funding Opportunities: Please list current or anticipated proposals for external funding that have overlap with your proposal to Sanford Institute. Include calls for proposals for which may supplement or expand the funding provided by Sanford Institute. Include title, very brief description, budget ceiling and floor, and link to the current call-for-proposals. 1/2 page;
  • Budget and Budget Justification, 1 page 

All applications must be submitted via https://empathyandcompassion.ucsd.edu, please visit webpage for updated deadlines and notice of awards. To limit the burden imposed on reviewers, applicants will be provided with only brief summaries of reviewer’s comments.

 

 

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(Closed - 4 Proposals Awarded) The Center for Empathy and Technology

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The Center for Empathy and Technology, organizationally situated within the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, invites applications for one-time, non-renewable seed grant proposals for 2020.

 

The Center for Empathy and Technology seeks to support projects that will advance research and education related to the ways in which emerging technologies may promote or undermine empathy, compassion, and wellbeing.  The Center is interested in projects that use advanced technology to study empathy and compassion, as well as projects that investigate the impact of technology on individuals and/or social interactions, with an emphasis on physicians and patient-physician interactions. Areas of focus related to empathy and compassion include, but are not limited to, patient-physician communication, physician well-being, professional burnout, depersonalization, and emotional fatigue.  Examples of technological advances of interest include, but are not limited to, artificial intelligence, digital health, and precision medicine.  Projects may be proof-of-concept, pilot, or early stage and may be de novo projects or add-ons to existing studies.

 

FIRST STAGE APPLICATIONS

Please send a 500-word abstract that will be scored by the review committee.  The abstract should include a) the project title, b) the research question, c) its relevance to empathy, compassion, and technology, d) proposed methodologies, and e) a list of research team members (please include a NIH or equivalent biosketch for each investigator).  Submit first stage applications as a single pdf to Cynthia Triplett (cyc077@ucsd.edu).  All applicants will be notified as to whether or not a second stage application is requested.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND NOTICES OF AWARDS

First Stage Application due date:  January 20, 2020 by 5pm (PST)

Notice of Invitation for Second Stage Application:  February 10, 2020

Second Stage Application due date:  March 9, 2020 by 5pm (PST)

Notice of award:  April 1, 2020 (on or around)

Award start date:  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

 

For more information, including contact information for questions regarding this RFA, please see the full call for proposals at: bit.ly/2Z5lsrH