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Life Sciences Discovery Fund Proposals

Questions and Answers: Life Sciences Discovery Fund

Do I need IRB approval for LSDF proposal at the time of proposal submission?
No, Just in Time procedure can be used for LSDF proposal.
Do I need Animal Care Committee approval for LSDF proposal at the time of proposal submission?
No, Just in Time procedure can be used for LSDF proposal.
How many file attachments should I upload to the eGC-1?
Please upload only two (2) .pdf files to the GC-1: one file contains a full proposal and a second file contains all pages that require signature.
What box do I check on the "Intellectual Property Certificate" page?
Please check "Yes".
If I have a subcontract in my proposal, how do I calculate the UW F&A on each subcontract?
LSDF allows a fixed fee of $6,250 per subcontract.
The LSDF program announcement stated the equipment threshold of $5,000 however the UW equipment threshold is $2,000, which one should I use?
Please use $5,000 threshold per LSDF program guidelines.
Do I need a letter of support for my LSDF proposal?
Yes. A letter of support should be signed by your Department Chair or the Dean if the Dean will be asked to contribute resources.
LSDF requires the electronic submission of the proposal via the LSDF website, Do I submit my proposal directly?
Yes. Since LSDF requires the invitation code for each proposal and only PI has this invitation code, PI may submit LSDF proposal directly provided that PI obtains necessary approval of the eGC-1 and a signed face page of the application before submission.
Which F&A rate do I use for the general organizational administrative expenses?

These costs are associated with maintaining a viable research infrastructure and include costs for:

  • Dean's offices that facilitate and oversee research administration in the School/College
  • Central administrative services such as the Office of Sponsored Programs, Grant and Contract Accounting, Purchasing, Human Resources, etc.
  • Libraries

The Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Provost for Planning and Budgeting have agreed to charge 15% for LSDF grants. Please use the rate of 15% MTDC to calculate F&A on these types of expenses that cannot be allocated specifically to the project. Please see the attached Guidance for preparing an LSDF budget (right sidebar) for more details.

How do I calculate the cost of organizational facility expenses?

The UW has determined that the appropriate facilities rate for both lab and office space are:

  • $46 per assignable square foot (ASF) for lab space
  • $36 per ASF for office and other "non-wet lab" space.

It is responsibility of the PI(s) and his/her Chair(s) or Dean to determine how much of the "assigned" square footage of research space available to the PI(s) is to be committed to the proposed LSDF program. Please see the attached Guidance for preparing an LSDF budget (right sidebar) for more details.