Updated process for submitting Collins Medical Trust applications at OHSU

Due to an overwhelming amount of interest, the internal submission process for submitting to the Collins Medical Trust has been updated for the September 2012 deadline. OHSU is still invited to submit up to 15 applications to the Collins Medical Trust per deadline. The Collins Medical Trust has three deadlines annually – January 1, May 1, September 1.

The process for securing one of these 15 spots has changed slightly. Instead of accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis, interested applicants will have a one-week window to submit a Notice of Intent to the OHSU Foundation. This is the first step in the application process. For the September 1 deadline, this window opens on Friday, June 15 and closes on Friday, June 22. Submit your Notice of Intent Form at any point during this one-week period. No preference is given to the timing of submissions during this time. Forms will be reviewed after Friday, June 22 and investigators will be notified in 1-2 weeks whether or not they are eligible to submit for that deadline as one of OHSU’s 15 applicants.

If more than 15 investigators are interested in applying for a specific deadline, the following considerations will be taken into account when evaluating Notice of Intent Forms:

  • Number of investigator Notice of Intent Forms submitted per department. If more than one form is received from a single department, division, institute, etc. we may request review from the department chair or appropriate contact.
  • Previous submission history. Applicants without a previous funding or submission (declined or funded) history will be given preference for applying.
  • While we do not maintain an official waiting list (interested applicants must submit a Notice of Intent Form for each deadline they would like to be considered), we do track each Notice of Intent Form received. Applicants not selected to submit in a previous round will be given preference if they submit a Notice of Intent for future deadlines.

Competitive candidates are generally young investigators at various stages in their career – postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, and junior faculty. Funding is most typically provided for pilot projects and seed funding in the hope that an initial investment will generate preliminary data to apply for a larger grant from the NIH or other sources. The Trustees are interested in supporting the most promising researchers to advance medical research (basic and clinical).

If you’ve recently submitted an application to the Collins Medical Trust and been declined, we request that you do not resubmit. While the Collins Medical Trust does not provide comments for unfunded proposals, they will request more information if they have an interest in a specific application. Likewise, if you have recently be funded by the Collins Medical Trust (within the last five years), we request that you do not re-apply. Please contact the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations if you have any specific questions about re-applying and resubmissions.

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The Collins Medical Trust was founded by Truman Collins Sr. in the fall of 1956. He was interested in the medical field and wanted to set up a trust that would contribute to medical research and education taking place in Oregon.