About Pilot Time
CAMRI is supported by user fees: PIs receive grants or contracts and then pay CAMRI for MR scanner time on a fee for service basis. To encourage new investigators and projects, pilot time awards are available. The purpose of the pilot time is to allow for collection of preliminary data for new grant applications that will then be used to pay for regularly priced scan time at CAMRI.
Pilot Time for Existing CAMRI Users
For any user (BCM or non-BCM) who scans at CAMRI, pilot time hours are automatically granted based on the amount of paid scanner time used at a ratio of 5 to 1. For every 5 hours of paid scanner time, the user receives 1 hour of free pilot time (5 hours of after-hours scanner time generates 1 free after-hour). No pilot time is awarded for phantom scanning. Pilot time expires at the end of each BCM fiscal year (July-June) but up to 10 hours of unused pilot time may be rolled over to the next fiscal year.
Pilot Time for New BCM Users of CAMRI
New BCM-affiliated users are eligible for pilot time awards consisting of 5 hours of scanner time. There is a limit of one award per PI or investigative team and only BCM affiliates are eligible because the vast majority of CAMRI's operating budget is provided by BCM. Please send an NIH-format biosketch (or full CV) of the PI and project details in the form of an NIH-format specific aims page (or complete proposal) to firstname.lastname@example.org.