DaCCoTA Support Materials
Here are a collection of resources to assist in completing a DaCCoTA grant proposal.
- Blank documents of the full set of components needed for a full proposal
- Information on the Cores available to help in completing components are found at the top of each page
- All awards accepted by DaCCoTA will be send to the NIH using the same proposal form
Frequently Asked Questions
I have questions about an RFA. Who can I talk to?
General inquiries on requests for applications (RFAs) can be sent to (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also reach out to the respective core coordinator for each RFA. The coordinator for the Pilot Projects Program is Savannah Macias-Daugherty (Savannah.M.Daugherty@und.edu). The coordinator for the Professional Development Core is Christian Buresh (email@example.com). The coordinator for the TREE Pilot Award is Mark Williamson (Mark.Williamson.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Additional core contacts:
- Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core: Miranda Ruiter (Ruiter@SanfordHealth.org) and Cassy Garry (Cassy.Garry@SanfordHealth.org)
- Community Engagement and Outreach Core: Susan Thompson (email@example.com)
- American Indian Collaborative Rural Research Network: Sonya Hegel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Database Investigator Navigator: Kent Ripplinger (email@example.com)
What do all those acronyms mean?
DaCCoTA stands for the Dakota Community Collaborative on Translational Activity. Below are the following cores and programs that make up the DaCCoTA.
- PPP: Pilot Projects Program
- PDC: Profession Development Core
- BERDC: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core
- CEOC: Community Engagement and Outreach Core
- CRRFC: Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core
- TAEC: Tracking and Evaluation Core
- AICoRN: American Indian Collaborative Rural Research Network
Who is eligible for the RFAs?
Applications must come from a clinician/non-clinician team (except for the TREE Pilot Grant, which requires a public health/laboratory scientist team, and the Introduction to Research Pilot Grant, which only requires a single non-faculty clinician or early-stage investigator) and be members of participating DaCCoTA institutions. The primary PI must register for the DaCCoTA Pathfinder network (https://pathfinder.med.und.edu/) and meet eligibility requirements for NIH funding and not have current PI-level funding from an IDeA program award.
Applicants do not need to be US citizens to be eligible for funding. Researchers with a green card or other visa status can apply.
What counts as a participating DaCCoTA institution?
Institutions include the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, Mount Marty University, Sanford Health/Sanford Research, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, Fargo VA Health Care System, Sioux Falls VA Health Care System, Altru Health System, Essentia Health, Trinity Health, Monument Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, and Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD). Additional partner institutions may be available through the American Indian Collaborative Rural Research Network (AICoRN). If your institution is not listed here and is located in North or South Dakota, you can reach out to the DaCCoTA (firstname.lastname@example.org) about participation.
How can I find a collaborator?
You can use the DaCCoTA Pathfinder network (https://pathfinder.med.und.edu/) or reach out to one of the cores for assistance.
Can part of the funding award be used for investigator salaries?
No, funds may not be used to support PI/co-I salaries, consultant/collaborator salaries, or purchase capital equipment.
What are the required core meetings?
Depending on the RFA, applicants are required to meet with either the Pilot Projects Program or the Professional Development Core. Regardless of RFA type, all applicants are required to meet with the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core, the Community Engagement and Outreach Core, and the Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core.
Can I apply to more than one RFA?
Yes, though you are only eligible to receive one award at a time.
What kinds of research can be funded?
Broadly speaking, research must be relevant to the health of North and South Dakotans and focused on translational activity. Most applications should focus on T2-T4 translational research, though T1 studies will be considered if there is a clear plan to progress to T2-T4. Applicants should focus on addressing one or more of the following community-based health research priorities:
- Behavioral health (including substance use disorder, mental health, suicidality, and overall wellness
- Food insecurity, nutrition, and food deserts
- Chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, and pain)
- Culturally appropriate and trauma-informed healthcare and research
- Unresolved trauma (health impacts of trauma, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, disproportionate foster care experiences)
Some RFAs have specific requirements, as shown below.
- Community Engagement Scholars Program: priority areas of research are decreasing health research disparities and T3 or T4 projects related to community-based health research priorities
- TREE Pilot Award: research projects should either translate promising epidemiological findings at the population level to relevant in-vitro/vivo experiments or translate promising in-vitro/vivo experimental findings to relevant epidemiological observations at the population level.
When are applications due?
All Fall 2022 RFA applications are due January 20th, 2023.
When will I hear back on my application?
Selected applications following initial review will be invited to submit a completed grant by March 1st, 2023. Awards are anticipated to be announced by September 2023.
When will the funding period start?
The expected award period will be from September 1st, 2023, to August 31st, 2024.
What am I expected to do if I receive an award?
Awardees are required to provide an oral presentation at the annual DaCCoTA symposium and provide biannual milestone reports, one of which will be submitted to NIH, and a project completion survey at the end of the award period.
What support will I have available?
You will have support available from the DaCCoTA Cores. Support includes, but is not limited to:
- Project management: Pilot Projects Program; Professional Development Core; Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core
- Continuing education: Professional Development Core; Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core
- Statistical support: Biostatics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core
- Human subjects and regulatory support: Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core
- Community engagement: Community Engagement and Outreach Core
Can I access equipment and other resources?
Yes, you can see all the facilities available at the following webpage (https://med.und.edu/daccota/additional-resources.html). You can also look through the DaCCoTA Cross-Institution Scientific & Translational Recourse Guide for a list of the research equipment available at partnering DaCCoTA Institutions. For information on a variety of health-related databases available, contact Kent Ripplinger (email@example.com), the Database Investigator Navigator.
Where can I get additional training?
You can access a variety of resources in the Pathfinder Training Portal (https://pathfinder.med.und.edu/TrainingPortalUser). Training materials include biostatistics, rEthics, other CTR materials, podcasts, and symposium presentations. You can also reach out to the Professional Development Core (firstname.lastname@example.org), Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design Core (Mark.Williamson.email@example.com), or Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core (Miranda.Ruiter@SanfordHealth.org; Cassy.Garry@SanfordHealth.org). There are also monthly core training sessions.