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 ITHSCall for Applications: Collaboration Innovation Awards
Applications Due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on April 3 ,2016
ITHS is soliciting applications for Collaboration Innovation Awards, which are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators in projects that address critical transitions in translational research.

Award Details:
Awards: Up to $50,000 in direct costs for a one-year project.

Eligibility: The application call is open to faculty members at the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and other academic institutions affiliated with the University of Washington through ITHS.

Criteria for Funding: Successful applicants will:

  • Represent new collaborations
  • Advance translational science
  • Yield pivotal data in a one-year time frame
  • Use cutting-edge approaches
  • Represent unique intellectual perspectives coupled with cutting-edge approaches

Applications Due: April 3, 2016 (by 11:59 p. m. Pacific)

Learn more at:


WHAT IS THE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE? Few university experiences offer a richer education than standing shoulder-to-shoulder with scholars and researchers working on society’s most important questions and challenges. From cancer prevention to choreography, substance abuse to alternative energy, financial planning to art history, Boise State undergraduates in all fields of study have a unique opportunity to explore and research issues that relate locally, nationally and around the world. Individually or as part of a team, they hone problem solving and critical thinking skills that will serve them for a lifetime, no matter the direction their career paths follow. The annual conference is a forum for undergraduate students from all academic disciplines to demonstrate what they have learned through their research, scholarship, or the arts. Students may present their work in poster, podium presentation, or visual formats.

WHO MAY PARTICIPATE? Any undergraduate student may participate in the conference provided they have a Boise State faculty sponsor and their project abstract is approved.

WHEN IS THE CONFERENCE? Monday, April 18, 2016

Check-in and poster set-up   8:30am-12:00pm    Jordan Ballroom Lobby

Poster Presentations             1:00pm-3:30pm      Jordan and Simplot Ballrooms

Podium Presentations           1:00pm-3:15pm     Ah Fong, Alexander, Boyington, Brink, Cataldo, Hatch A, and Hatch B

Closing                                  3:30pm-4:00pm     Simplot Ballroom

* All Undergraduate Research Conference events to be held in the Student Union Building.
HOW TO SUBMIT A CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION APPLICATION? The following information is required for the application: .

  •  Project abstract uploaded as an attachment (abstract should be 150 – 200 words). Abstract must be reviewed and approved by faculty mentor prior to applying for conference.
  • Faculty mentor information
  •  Team member name(s)
  • Presentation format (poster, podium, visual arts, media, performing arts)


Application Deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016

For questions about the Undergraduate Research Conference, please contact Erin Muggli at or (208) 426-4062.

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Save the Date for the 2016 Idaho INBRE Conference


Where: Moscow, Idaho –  Best Western, University Inn

More information coming soon!

The Perfect Study Plan 
 An immersion experience, with mentoring provided by experienced clinical and translational investigators.
We are looking for New/Early-Stage Investigators to apply for the Visiting Scholars program, providing opportunities for training in clinical and translational research. Faculty can apply for up to $10,000 in support towards travel, housing, and research supply costs (with all expenses posted by June 30, 2016).  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with notification – no later than 6 weeks after submission.
This is a competitive application to identify and select candidates.

 For eligibility requirements, key dates, and the application process follow the link:

 Further questions should be sent to the CREMCaD Director,


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Submit your draft to the CTR-IN at  NOW for a quick turnaround time.
If you’re seeking submission to a journal publication or submitting a grant proposal with a tight deadline, we can help!
Journal Submissions or Grant Proposals …
We verify each and every requirement from the selected journals, or Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement. The editorial review includes reading successful submissions from each journal and/or adhering to RFP instructions to validate writing style choices or specific rules to content and format. Additional services include spelling and punctuation, rewriting sentences or reorganizing paragraphs to improve clarity and impact, eliminating jargon, and generally smoothing the language. For access to this free service, click on the button below for the editorial auto form to appear. Follow this link: .
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Advance to Funding Program Reviewer Recruitment 

The CTR-IN is recruiting reviewers to provide NIH-quality reviews of 4 proposals being prepared for submission to the NIH for February 2016 deadlines.
Reviewers will prepare NIH-style reviews and scores (Overall, Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, Environment, and Additional Review Criteria, including Protection of Human Subjects). In addition to the written reviews, we will schedule a video conference call Study Section.
With the holiday break approaching, time is short and we would like to secure reviewers as soon as possible. Reviewers should be in place, no later than Thursday, December 24th. Please see  (PDF document) for further details, including topics of the proposals we have.
Thank you for your consideration,
James Kenyon, PhD
Professor, Department of Physiology & Cell Biology
Director, NV INBRE
Senior Associate Dean for Research
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Reno, NV 89557
Amy Beaulieu, MHA
Scientific Review and Mini-Grant Coordinator
Mountain West Clinical and Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN)
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Office of Medical Research-Las Vegas
1701 W. Charleston-Ste 290
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

The Grant Writing Workshop is Back!

CTR-IN’s Grant Writing Course provides training for faculty at Mountain West CTR-IN Institutions who have authored proposals (with a clinical translational focus) assessed as being most likely to result in competitive extramural grant funding.

Eligibility: If you are a faculty member at a CTR-IN Partner Institution with an extramural grant application draft with a clinical translational focus that is progressing toward submission. Use the following link to apply now:

Deadline for all submissions: December 29, 2015.

For additional information, contact:

Selected applicants will attend the Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, January 28th – Friday, January 29th at UNLV. Funding will be provided to cover travel and incidental costs to attend the workshop.

For additional information on the workshop schedule, course objectives and accommodations, follow the link below:


The Pathway to Success!

The Round 4 Pilot Grant FOA is a limited competition, mentored career development funding opportunity. Key dates, and eligibility requirements are now available!

The Pilot Grant program provides research funding and a mentored pathway of milestones leading to publication and expansion of research skills. This funding mechanism helps faculty achieve independent investigator status as reflected in the submission of an NIH R-type grant proposal (or equivalent) in clinical or translational research.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Learn more at:

Pilot Grant Program Key Dates:
Look for internal guidance and deadline from your institution’s OSP. All institutions will be submitting nominations to CTR-IN on or before: 01/29/2016. For those nominated by their OSP, full applications will be due to CTR-IN: 04/06/2016. Announcement of applications selected for Intent to Fund: 06/10/2016. Earliest start date: 07/15/2016.

Still not sure how to proceed? Follow this link for a list of Pilot Grant FAQs:

Take Your R-type grant proposal from Good to Excellent with the Advance To Funding Program (ATFP)

The Mountain West CTR-IN offers researchers with faculty appointments at our partner institutions the opportunity to have an NIH Study Section-like external review of their R-type grant proposals by content experts with Study Section experience prior to submission to the NIH or other similar sponsors.

These reviews provide insight into the scientific review process. They are offered to help applicants improve the persuasiveness, scientific content and format of their proposals to make them more competitive prior to submission to the funding agency.

ATFP Provides the Following Resources:
– Expert pre-view of the content, approach, methods, required elements and general craftsmanship.
– The opportunity to receive written NIH-style reviews and hear a real discussion of your proposal in a simulated Study Section format via video conference.
– The opportunity to discuss the review with the reviewers. (Remember they are always right, your hopes notwithstanding)!
– The opportunity to contact the reviewers following the live discussion for further advice about the proposal style, format, and substance.

The LOI should include the following:
1. PI name
2. Institution
3. Title of project
4. Proposed NIH Institute (s)
5. Whether this is a New application or a Re-submission

Submit a Letter of Intent as a pdf file to Amy Beaulieu: by 5 PM Pacific Time – Friday, December 4th.

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Accelerating Research. Improving Health.

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.

Please follow this link for more information:


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.

ITHS – Institute of Translational Health Sciences



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,

ITHS – Institute of Translational Health Sciences
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