Applications from members of the academic community at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle or Duke University or other institutions with relevant expertise to strengthen the overall mission of the Center, will be accepted in response to an RFA to be issued along our regular timeline, in January 2012. The RFA announcing the availability of Pilot and Feasibility Project funds, and detailing eligibility and application process will be disseminated through the Grant’s Management offices in these institutions, and broadcast to the faculty by e-mail, and posted on our Vanderbilt Kidney Disease Centers Web site. Guidelines for formatting for submitting Pilot and Feasibility Project applications will follow the same guidelines as for the initial application, with have a 5 page limit for science and the standard format of specific aims, innovation, significance, research strategy, vertebrate animals and human subject sections as appropriate and references. The budgets will be up to $50,000 direct costs per year, with a maximum of 2 years funding. Eligibility will be for those established investigators embarking on a new area of investigation, or for junior investigators at the beginning timepoint of their careers.