· Significance: Describe the important health challenge that will be the focus of the application.
o The proposal can address any among a broad array of clinical, public health, and health care system areas of relevance, but it should be clear that the issue is likely to have the attention of funding agencies currently or in the near future.
o Describe the key outstanding questions in the field and how the team’s approach might address these questions.
o What is the vision for a research program focused on this health challenge? How would it be different from or complementary to what already exists at Penn? How is the proposed program innovative?
· Development Plan: Propose a plan for developing the team of investigators from across schools at Penn to address this important health challenge.
o How will a combination of perspectives and interdisciplinary research methods be leveraged to advance our understanding of the health challenge?
o How will the plan promote new or more effective collaborations including enhancing connections between junior and senior scientists?
· Goal: Describe short-term goal and its relationship to long-term objectives
o What is the specific goal or product that will come directly from the developmental effort described above? Examples might include a proposal for a pilot project or pilot program.
o How will the achievement of this goal advance the research group towards a sustainable research program? What would come next and what would be the plan for achieving sustainability of a research program in this area?