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Request for Proposals: The Northwest Roybal Center
Increasing the Diversity of the Health-Related Research Workforce

The mission of The Northwest Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging is to promote the translation of basic behavioral and social sciences research to improving health, well-being, quality of life, and productivity of older adults with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.

The center is pleased to announce the availability of noncompeting administrative supplements from the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging to increase the diversity of the health-related research workforce.

Pilot proposals will be submitted through the Northwest Roybal Center parent grant, must contribute to the Northwest Roybal Center Mission, and must advance the research career development of the candidate.

Award Details:
Awards: Supplements of up to $100,000.00 in direct costs are available.
Eligibility: Early career investigators who represent racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be under-represented in biomedical research. The investigator must be employed at the junior-faculty level (i.e., instructor or assistant professor) within the five-state WWAMI region, and must have at least one year of postdoctoral or equivalent research experience.

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On October 12 – 14, 2015 the 2015 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference was held in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. Over 300 participants from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming gathered for the Biennial event hosted by the Idaho INBRE Program. Boise State INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence)*, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)* and the Biomolecular Research Center* sponsored 13 students to participate in this incredible opportunity and present their scientific research at the conference:

Nicole Frane – Master’s Student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jon Reeck – PhD Candidate, Biomolecular Sciences
Abir Rahman – PhD Candidate, Biomolecular Sciences
Nisha Shrestha – PhD Candidate, Biomolecular Sciences
Neha Misra – PhD Candidate, Biomolecular Sciences
Lillian Volz – Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Megan Kelly-Slatten – Undergraduate, Department of Biological Sciences
Phil Moon – Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ryan Carfi – Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jason Stonick – Master’s Student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Christopher (Hank) Dossett – Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Cody Gowan – Undergraduate, Department of Biological Sciences
Justin Stadlbauer – Undergraduate, Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Boise State students who participated in the conference presented their research accomplishments gained during sponsored summer fellowships and academic year research support. Abir Rahman, Biomolecular Sciences PhD Program, received 2nd place honors in the graduate research category for his poster titled, “Understanding VPS35 mutant autophagy dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease”. His PhD adviser is Asst. Professor Brad Morrison, Biological Sciences. Congratulations to Abir and to all of the participating students!

Other highlights from this conference included an extraordinary line-up of guest speakers and a student research poster presentation. Speakers included keynote Heinrich “Heinz” Feldmann Ph. D., Chief of the Rock Mountain Laboratories (RML) Laboratory of Virology and Chief Scientist of the RML BSL-4 laboratories, guest speakers from National Institutes of Health including; Judith H. Greenberg Ph.D., Krishan Arora Ph.D. and Robert Vinson, as well as scientific talks from many outstanding regional faculty and professional scientists.

*Supported by Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Grants #P20GM103408 and P20GM109095. Support is also acknowledged from The Biomolecular Research Center at Boise State with funding from the National Science Foundation, Grants #0619793 and #0923535; the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust; and the Idaho State Board of Education.

Clinical and Translational Research – Mini-Grant Application Open

Boise State University faculty active in clinical and translational research are invited to consider applying for a mini-grant (up to $12,500) from the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), which is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Mini-grants are intended to support clinical or translational projects and collaborations with excellent potential to lead to extramurally-supported clinical or translational work.

Boise State is a partner in the CTR-IN, which provides provide research support to investigators across 13 institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Click here for the Mini-Grant RFA (request for applications), as well as information about eligibility, submission instructions, and access to downloadable documents. The CTR-IN also provides resources for biostatistical support, education and mentoring at no cost to Mini-grant Awardees.

Mini-grant applications are due October 8, 2015 and January 14, 2016.

If you have questions about the CTR-IN Mini-grant program, you may contact John Mercer at UNLV ( or the Boise State Biomolecular Research Center at 208-426-2238.

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The ITHS KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program is now accepting applications for our newest cohort, which will begin in the summer of 2016.


The KL2 program offers three years of rigorous training in clinical and translational research for junior faculty in an interdisciplinary cohort environment. Other benefits include:

      • Provides 75% of a KL2 Scholar’s annual salary up to $85,000.00 per year
      • Offers pilot research funds up to $25,000.00 per year
      • Supplies travel funding
      • Offers tuition support


      • Applications accepted until October 15, 2015
      • Three applicants will be admitted to the 2016 cohort

Learn more or apply now –> 

bannerThe Mountain West CTR-IN seeks to fund Visiting Scholars! providing opportunities for training in clinical and translational research

Visiting Scholar Award recipients will have the opportunity for an immersion experience with mentoring by experienced clinical and translational investigators, which is concordant with the goal of the CTR-IN to increase NIH-funded clinical translational research in the region. This is a competitive application to identify and select candidates.

Application due date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting August 3rd, 2015.

Opportunity will remain open until: March 1st, 2016, or until all funds have been awarded. Decisions will be provided within 6 weeks of application submission.

Notification date: Not later than 6 weeks after submission.

Earliest anticipated start date: One month following notification date.

Latest project end date: June 30th, 2016

Apply Now! For eligibility requirements and the application process click Visiting Scholars RFA
Further questions should be sent to the CREMCaD Director,

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Accelerating Research. Improving Health.

Request for Proposals: The Scan | Design Foundation
Innovative Pain Research Grants

The UW Medicine Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and the Scan | Design Foundation are pleased to announce the availability of a funding program designed to support creative, exploratory, cutting-edge research in pain.
This program was established to support projects that may be too innovative and speculative for traditional funding sources but still have a high likelihood of producing important findings. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals.
The ultimate goal of the program is to improve the lives of people affected by pain. The funders encourage applications for research proposals that involve new interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations and that are innovative and novel.

AWARD DETAILS: Amount: Up to two grants, each up to $50,000.00

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 1, 2015
Invitations to Submit Applications sent by: December 1, 2015
Full Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
Award Announcement: May 1, 2016
Award Start Date: June 1, 2016