The Molecular Research Core Facility (MRCF) at Idaho State University is pleased to announce that we will be offering our traditional seed grants this fall. If you think that some free sequencing, fragment analysis, microscopy or flow cytometry could enhance your research or help you get the data you need, please check out the attached application. We would be willing to discuss your project or help in any way we can. Don’t hesitate and miss out on this opportunity! Applications are due by Oct. 24th at 5pm.
ISU Student Seed Grant Competition for:
Work in Molecular Biology,
Advanced Imaging, or Flow Cytometry Using MRCF Instrumentation
In an effort to stimulate graduate and undergraduate student research using biomolecular, bioimaging, and cell analysis resources, the ISU Molecular Research Core Facility (MRCF) requests proposals for $500-$1000 research grants. This year the competition has been expanded to include undergraduate research. Awards are designed to offset costs for MRCF services including sequencing and fragment analysis, biological imaging, and flow cytometry. The review committee will consider applications from undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of research. For further information concerning MRCF service costs, please visit the website at: www.mrcf.isu.edu, or email Michelle Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of MRCF grants:
- General: Sanger sequencing, fragment analysis, instrument usage, flow cytometry, etc.
2 Grants – $500.00
- Advanced Imaging: Includes free consultation and training prior to grant funds usage
1 Grant – $500.00
- Next-gen sequencing: a single sequencing run of up to $1000
1 Grant – $1000.00
MRCF Seed Grant Policy: Appropriate Use of Funds
- Seed grants are awarded to students using ISU MRCF resources in support of their research in an ISU research lab. The goal of the seed grant award is to stimulate robust research that will improve a research project, lead to publishable and fundable results, and improve the student’s chances of advancing in their career. All ISU graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
- Seed grant funds may be used only to cover internal MRCF costs (e.g., sequencing and equipment usage costs) and may not be used to purchase supplies or equipment. Facility costs include charges in all three divisions of the MRCF (Molecular & Bioinformatics, Advanced Imaging, and Flow Cytometry). Prior to submitting a proposal, you are encouraged to speak with MRCF faculty and staff to ensure MRCF resources are appropriate for the proposed project. For questions, contact Michelle Andrews (email@example.com) or Lisa McDougall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Seed grant funds may be revoked by the MRCF at any time.
- For the spring competition, seed grants expire on May 31st of the following year. For the fall competition, seed grants expire on Dec 31st of the following year. Following the award period, any remaining funds will be returned to the MRCF. Students can request an extension of up to one additional year. Requests for extensions must be provided in writing before the expiration of the current award and include 1) a justification for the extension and 2) a timeline describing how and when the remaining funds will be used. Extension approval is at the discretion of the MRCF.
- Recipients of seed grants are expected to acknowledge, in all publications, posters and presentations, the support of the MRCF.
MRCF Seed Grant Format
The body of the proposal (sections 2-5) will not exceed four pages with 1 inch margins and no smaller than 11 point font in Arial, Times New Roman, Cambria, Calibri, or Helvetica.
Email electronic versions of the cover page (see last page) and proposal in a single PDF document to email@example.com. The PDF file name and subject line of the email should read “MRCF-your_last_name” (e.g. MRCF-Johnson).
The MRCF Seed Grant application format is loosely based on the NIH proposal format.
Seed Grant sections
- Cover Page (see Last Page, below)
- Specific Aims
- Significance & Innovation
- Significance: The positive effect that the successful completion of your work is likely to have on addressing an important problem.
- Innovation: Does the application challenge or seek to shift current research paradigms? Does the research employ novel theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies or instrumentation?
- Research Plan
- Justification & feasibility: Brief review of literature and discussion of your preliminary data (if any).
- Approach: What you are proposing to do, how you will do it, and what will be accomplished (expected outcomes or products)
- Budget plan: specifying use of MRCF funds and other available funds
- Timeline of research
MRCF Seed Grant Deadline
- Proposals are due by 5pm May 1st for the spring competition and 5pm, October 24th for the fall competition.
- Awards will be announced by May 8 and October 31 respectively for the spring and fall competitions, and funds will be available for use immediately.
Proposal writing advice
Here are some of the reasons why some proposal writers have been successful in the past:
- Writers of fundable proposals clearly specify how they will make use of the funds that will be awarded (e.g., how many sequencing runs?), and do not describe activities that are not appropriate for those funds (e.g., “We’ll use the money to buy test tubes”).
- They don’t make unwarranted assumptions about the review committee’s level of understanding of a specific biological discipline, and avoid jargon and descriptions of research designs that are not easily understood by researchers in other fields.
- They clearly describe the hypotheses to be tested by the proposed work.
- They include sufficient detail about methods and approaches to be used (e.g., Which genes will be sequenced? Which cells will be stained?).
- They describe great projects that are unique from, or at least tangential to, their advisor’s work and specific to their own research project.
- They describe where the project will lead (e.g., will it increase your chance of obtaining other funds? Will it generate the last bits of data for a publication?).
- Prior to submission, they ask several other people, with various areas of expertise, to read their proposals, leading to substantial revisions and clarifications.
- Most importantly, they think about the types of projects the MRCF wants to fund with the seed grant project, and they make sure to describe aspects of their work that fit with those goals.
MRCF Student Seed Grant Proposal
Grant is being submitted for the MRCF division indicated in the box below: (see grant types on page 1)
☐ General (Sanger sequencing, fragment analysis, instrument usage, flow cytometry, etc.)
☐ Advanced Imaging
☐ Next-Generation Sequencing
Institution & Department:
Program (undergrad, MS, DA, PhD):
Years in current program (graduate or undergraduate):
Source of funds already available for this research:
List up to 5 of your presentations and publications:
ITHS Academic/Community Partnership Research Awards
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ITHS is soliciting applications for Academic/Community Partnership Research Awards, which are intended to encourage the development and support of collaborations between academic and community investigators.
The proposed work should focus on a problem, issue, or intervention important to the community. Projects could investigate a community-based health problem, disseminate evidence-based health innovations into practice, target health promotion/prevention, or examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings.
Awards: Up to $20,000 in total costs for a one-year project.
Eligibility: Applications are investigator-initiated grants with community partners as co-investigators or subcontractors. Faculty members at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and other collaborating institutions affiliated with ITHS in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) are eligible to apply for this pilot award.
Criteria for Funding: Successful applicants will:
- Address an important translational research topic
- Demonstrate significant scientific merit
- Adequately articulate the need for the expertise of the specific partners
- Provide a vision of how the project could evolve to a more substantial body of work
Applications Due: December 1, 2016 (by 11:59 p.m. Pacific)
Now Accepting Applications for New Pilot Awards
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Now Accepting Applications for New ITHS Pilot Awards
ITHS is continually striving to fund novel, innovative, and collaborative translational and clinical research. To advance this mission, ITHS is funding a new set of awards through our Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies program.
Improving the conduct of clinical trial research.
The Research Innovation Award supports specific clinical or translational research questions that can also act as a vehicle to develop new methods, policies, or procedures that will aid in the conduct of research.
Award: Up to $100,000
Applications Due: November 1, 2016
Supporting interdisciplinary collaborations in translational research.
The Collaboration Innovation Awards are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators in projects that address critical transitions in translational research.
Award: Up to $50,000
Applications Due: November 1, 2016
Supporting research efforts of junior investigators.
The Early Investigator Catalyst Award program is designed to provide “just-in-time” resources to investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application.
Award: Up to $5,000
Applications Due: October 1, January 1, April 1, July 1
Providing translational research studies with critical support.
ITHS is offering Voucher Awards as “in-kind” service vouchers for IRB or IACUC approved or exempt investigations in support of outstanding translational research.
Award: Up to $3,000
Applications Due: October 1, January 1, April 1, July 1
Tuesday, October 4, 9 to 11 A.M.
Providence Auditorium, 20 West 9th Avenue
Translational science is dependent on the movement of research advancements from one stage of discovery to the next. Yet, it takes an average of 20 years for translational science discoveries to move from the discovery phase to clinical practice. Many promising discoveries never reach those who would benefit.
Dissemination and implementation research is a growing field that aims to close the gap between discovery and practice. In this ITHS event, Dr. Michael Parchman will discuss how investigators can maximize the impact of their work by designing studies in a way that discoveries can be quickly disseminated to and implemented within real-world clinical practices.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Explain how dissemination and implementation research fits into the continuum of translational research
- Provide definitions and examples of terms used in dissemination and implementation research
- Describe the key features of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research
- Apply the CFIR model to critique the design of an implementation intervention study
Dr. Michael Parchman is a nationally recognized scholar in chronic illness care research and the director of Group Health Research Institute’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation.
20 W 9th Ave
Spokane, WA 99202
There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited to the first 60 enrollees. Register today to reserve your spot.