Submission Guidelines

The University of Southern California and Buck Institute Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for Pilot Research Projects and Vouchers for Core Services in the biology of aging.

Core Vouchers are available for a single assay/technology service.
Pilot Projects provide larger support and typically utilize multiple assays or core services.

Applicants should visit for a list of available assays, technologies, and services.

Prior consultation with core directors is required.

Applications from outside the University of Southern California and the Buck Institute are strongly encouraged.

Junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply for Pilot Projects. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows cannot serve as Principal Investigators for pilot projects but may receive vouchers for core services with the support of a faculty sponsor.

Letters of Intent are due by June 30, 2021

Applications are due by August 16, 2021

Submit a Proposal

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    Letters of Intent

    due June 30, 2021

    Applicants must have spoken with Core Leader(s) before submitting.

    Must include:

    1. Brief description of the project, including what core you will use, why/how it will accelerate your research, and where you are in your career/field
    2. Estimated budget


    due August 16, 2021

    1. Proposal Face Page (1-page maximum)
    Please provide the following information:
    a. Proposal title
    b. PI/PIs — name, degree, position, department/unit
    c. Other Key personnel — name, degree, position, department/unit
    d. Proposal Abstract (30 lines maximum)

    You may use the Proposal Face Page provided.

    2. Proposal Approach (3-page maximum)
    – Specific aims (Hypothesis, Endpoints)
    – Research project: Brief intro and preliminary data
    – Research proposal
    – Impact/significance to field

    3. Biosketches
    (PI/PIs and Key personnel)

    4. References
    (1 page maximum of relevant bibliographic references)

    5. Budget and justification, submitted in NIH format