Pilot testing, technical testing, and seed grants

Columbia University MRI Center at the Neurological Institute

Researchers are expected to have a working protocol before their first scan. Unpaid pilot or testing time is not available.  All researchers must have a grant before booking time. There is a discounted student scanning rate available; contact the NI Director of Imaging Services for details.

New York State Psychiatric Institute

Pilot scanning: Twice a year, the NYSPI MR Operating Committee solicits applications for pilot grants. Pilot grants are awarded to researchers based on scientific merit and availability. A researcher can be awarded 20 hours of pilot scanning time for free.

Testing time: The first time a researcher scans at NYSPI, they get 1 free scan slot to test their sequence, timing, and peripheral devices.  After this, the researcher can book any open time on the same day it will be used. The time is free as long as no one else wants it.  Paying customers are priority and can bump unpaid testing time. Researchers who need pilot time are encouraged to schedule it before 9:00 AM and after 6:00 PM, when there's less demand. Contact the NYSPI MR Program Coordinator for details.

Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Seed Grant: Seed grants for free or discounted scan time are available to NIH-eligible Columbia PIs who will be using the 3T Prisma Siemens systems. Applicants should fill out the ZMBBI seed grant application form and submit it to the ZMBBI Director of Cognitive Imaging.  Applications are reviewed in committee every month and assessed for merit, scientific innovation, likelihood to lead to a successful grant application, and time availability.

Technical Development Grant: Technical development grants are available for free or discounted scan time are available to NIH-eligible Columbia PIs. Applicants should fill out the ZMBBI Technical Development application form and submit it to the ZMBBI Director of Cognitive Imaging.  Applications are reviewed in committee every month and assessed for importance of the work to local researchers and time availability.

Pilot time: Every IRB- approved study can use up to 4 hours of unpaid pilot testing time. (Additional testing time costs the standard rate.) Researchers should contact the ZMBBI MR Research Administrator to schedule unpaid pilot time. Paid time has priority over unpaid time M-F 9-5 when the MR technologist is available, which means it can be a few weeks before pilot time can be booked M-F 9-5.  For this reason, researchers are encouraged to request M-F 9-5  pilot time as soon as possible, or plan to do pilot testing during evening or weekend times.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

TBD


Nathan Kline Institute 

TBD