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Biomolecular Research Center Seed Grant Program

Biomolecular Research Center Seed Grant Program

The Biomolecular Research Center is pleased to issue this request for proposals. Our goal is to provide seed grant funding to support projects that utilize our core facilities. Seed grants will be awarded to facilitate the collection of preliminary data intended to improve the competitiveness of other grant proposals.

Instrumentation Notes

Some of the existing instrumentation available at the BRC are the Bruker Daltonics maXis Quadrupole Time-of-Flight (Q-TOF) Mass Spectrometer, the Thermo Scientific Velos Pro Dual-Pressure Linear Ion Trap (LIT) Mass Spectrometer, the Zeiss Confocal Microscope ~ LSM Meta 510Skyscan 1172 Micro-CT Scanner, Beckman ProteomeLab XL-1 AUC,  and the Jasco J-810 Spectropolarimeter. For lab contact information and rate information, refer to BRC Services and Equipment. Please discuss potential projects with lab staff before proposal submission.  For Mass Spec proposals,  please contact Dr. Shin Pu at For Histology proposals, please contact Dr. Cindy Keller-Peck at For Confocal & Micro CT proposals, please contact Raquel Brown at rbrown@boisestate.eduFor Jasco and Proteome AUC proposals, please contact Lisa Warner at 

All members of Boise State faculty are eligible to serve as the principal investigator (PI) on applications submitted to the BRC Seed Grant Program.  PI must indicate how seed grant results will be used to support future grant applications and publications.

Reporting Requirements
Our goal is to help you submit high quality grant applications, present at national meetings, and publish your work in peer-reviewed journals.  As a follow up to seed grant funding, we want to know what grant application(s) you submit, at what national meeting(s) you present, and/or what paper(s) you publish.

We will ask that you acknowledge the BRC Seed Grant in all grant proposals, presentations, and publications that benefited in part from seed grant funding. We will also ask that you keep us apprised of your successes by completing annual reporting requirements.

Research Compliance
All proposed research must be in compliance with university policies and governmental regulations. As such, all proposed projects will require approval by Boise State’s Office of Research Compliance (ORC) before research activity commences. Such approvals are NOT required at time of seed grant application submission. However, funds will be made available only after ORC approval.

Application Submission
Please click on the “Applications” button below to apply. Project proposal must be uploaded as a single PDF document.

Application Requirements
Please prepare a project proposal that includes a project title, a brief project description along with an estimate of the BRC resources (examples: number of samples or confocal time) needed to carry out the proposed work, and predicted project timeline.

Please fill in the online application found on the BRC website and attach project proposal.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

  • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • All eligible applications will be reviewed by the BRC Seed Grant Review Committee.
  • The selection criteria will be based on the potential for generating preliminary data for grant proposals.
  • The BRC seeks innovative pilot research projects that will likely lead to successful grant application and toward investigators who will present their work at national conference or in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Allowable costs under this award
Seed Grant funds must be utilized for BRC Core instrumentation training, user fees and/or analytical services and must be utilized within the projected project period.  No carry-forward will be allowed.  Funds not utilized by the end of the award period will be made available for other seed grants.