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Basic Lab Safety Training Requirements

In accordance with Boise State EH&S Guidelines and BRC policy, all BRC faculty, staff, student workers and associated members are required to complete trainingA copy of all training records must be shared with the BRC and kept on file.

Please submit all training records to:
Subject Line: ‘Your last name, first name ‘_SAFETY TRAINING.

BRC Basic Lab Training requirements -V8 May 2017

Bioinformatics Technology Access Grant



Idaho INBRE Bioinformatics Core Technology Access Program

The Biomolecular Research Center, on behalf of the Idaho INBRE Program, is pleased to issue this request for proposals. The goal of the Idaho INBRE Bioinformatics Core is to support data collection, bioinformatics training, and assist INBRE network faculty, students and staff in “big- data” analysis. Through a competitive application process, technology access awards will be made to assist investigators and students around the state in obtaining experimental data needed in a wide variety of projects. Typically, support from these technology access awards will be aimed at paying service charges at core facilities throughout Idaho and other INBRE states, or at other institutions. The awards may be used to pay for such things as bioinformatics consulting (e.g. at UI IBEST), or proteomics analysis (at the BRC proteomics facility), or nucleic acid sequencing (at ISU or UI cores). The awards are not limited to these examples. Dr. Ken Cornell, Director of the Idaho INBRE Bioinformatics Core, is available to discuss potential projects if you have questions about their scope and eligibility for support under the umbrella of “technology access” (contact info below).

Eligibility. Faculty members with an appointment at one of the Idaho INBRE partner institutions (BSU, BYU-I, COI, CSI, CWI, ISU, IVREF, LCSC, NIC, NNU, UI), and who work on biomedical-related research projects that need bioinformatics (such as DNA/RNA sequencing, proteomics/metabolomics, advanced imaging, etc.) are eligible to apply. PI’s should indicate how technology access award results will be used to support planned grant applications and publications. Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students of eligible PI’s are also eligible to apply, but must include a brief letter of support from the PI/mentor.

Reporting Requirements. A brief one-page summary of major findings will be required at the end of the project. As a follow up you will be asked to report annually on subsequent grant applications, conference presentations, talks, and manuscripts that were impacted or stimulated by the technology access award funding. Please acknowledge the Idaho INBRE program (P20 GM103408) in all grant proposals, presentations, and publications that benefited in part from the technology access funding. Also acknowledge any core facilities that provided data or data analysis.

Research Compliance. All proposed research must be in compliance with university policies and governmental regulations. As such, if the project requires IRB, Biosafety or IACUC approval, these should be in place at the time of the award. Such approvals are NOT required at time of the technology access application submission. NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made in response to this FOA.

Application Submission & Requirements

  1. Please click on the “Applications” button below to begin the online application. The application is also found on the BRC website.
  2. Attach a Project Proposal (1-2.5 page) as a single PDF document.
  3. The Project Proposal should use the following format:
    1. Project title
    2. Brief project description (no more than 1-2 pages)[if relevant include the specific number of samples that need to be analyzed]
    3. Core facility use and location (projected)
    4. Initial budget estimate (ie costs for the core resources, etc)
    5. A brief statement of the status of required assurances and approvals (if relevant)
    6. Projected timeline
    7. Brief statement of plans for grant submission/publication arising from the access award

Selection Criteria and Review Process

  1. Only complete applications will be considered.
  2. All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Bioinformatics Advisory Committee (BAC).
  3. For this round, the selection criteria will be based on:
    1. Scientific merit and readiness
    2. Feasibility of the project being complete and used in an upcoming publication or grant application
    3. Availability of core resources to complete the project in a timely manner
  4. Upon selection, the applicant will be notified by the The BAC. The BAC will then work with the investigator to finalize project plans and assist in access to core facilities.

Allowable costs under this award

For this round, technology access funds must be expended by November 30, 2018. No carry-forward will be allowed. We anticipate making 10-12 awards of $3-6K range. Smaller (and larger) awards will be considered depending on the availability of funds. Awarded funds will be used to directly pay core facility or project resource charges (no subawards will be made).

Deadlines & Notification

The deadline for applications this cycle is May 31, 2018. Notice of grant award will be made by June 9, 2018.


Questions or concerns regarding this RFA should be directed to:
Ken Cornell, Ph.D.
Director, Idaho INBRE Bioinformatics Core Boise State University

No applications being accepted at this time

Biomolecular Research Center Seed Grant Program

Request for Applicants
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 ServicesPlease 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 For Jasco and Proteome AUC proposals, please contact Lisa Warner at 

Eligibility: 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.

COBRE Pilot Grant Program


Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

COBRE in Matrix Biology

Request for full proposal (due October 5)

Purpose: The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) at Boise State funds Junior Investigators with the objective of enhancing nationally competitive Matrix Biology Research and the goal of increasing biomedical research activity in a thematically focused multidisciplinary manner. Extracellular Matrix (ECM) is gaining prominence as a key structural and functional regulator of organ and tissue function and failure. Researchers in this arena examine how the ECM gives tissues their unique properties, and how the local pericellular environment controls cell signaling and cellular responses to the local environment. Central to the COBRE in Matrix Biology is the critical role ECM plays in health and disease. The study of matrix biology naturally lends itself to interdisciplinary collaborations and a convergent problem solving approach.

Criteria for Eligibility: Applications are welcome from all Boise State investigators who are eligible to apply for independent NIH funding. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply. For the purpose of eligibility, a junior investigator is defined either as (1) an individual who does not have and has not previously had an external, peer-reviewed Research Project Grant (RPG) or Program Project Grant (PPG) from either a Federal or non-Federal source that names that investigator as the PD/PI or (2) an established investigator who is making a significant change to his/her career. Senior, funded investigators who are not making a significant career change are not eligible. Investigators who have managed to obtain significant support in the form of a RPG or PPG (e.g., NIH R01 or P01, NSF, or other Federal or non-Federal agency awards) are not eligible. Each applicant should indicate in his/her Biographical Sketch their current and previous history of peer-reviewed research support. A junior investigator must hold a faculty appointment, tenure or research track, at the time that the award is made.  With respect to item (2) above, support may be provided to an established investigator who is making a significant change to his/her career goals by initiating a new line of research that is distinctly and significantly different from his/her current investigative program.  The current or previous history of independent peer-reviewed research support, which should be indicated in the Biographical Sketch, in a different investigative area than that proposed in this application does not disqualify the investigator. Furthermore, this individual can be of any faculty rank. However, investigators whose current research is already supported by a RPG or PPG and who are not changing their current research program are not eligible.  Investigators who propose to develop a new or alternate line of research, but whose intention is to maintain support of an active RPG or PPG in a different area of research are also not eligible.

Funds Available and Use of Funds: Support of up to $100,000 in direct costs may be requested. We anticipate funding three (3) proposals depending on the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Allowable expenses include salary support for the principal investigator and a research technician or postdoctoral fellow; fees for the use of shared core facilities within the Biomolecular Research Center; housing for research animals; and federally allowable research supplies. While projects will be funded for one year, awardees may apply for noncompetitive annual renewal for a second year of funding. All Junior Investigator Grant awards are contingent upon NIH approval of the Junior Investigator Grant proposal.

Application: Full applications will be accepted at this time. Applications will be scored for scientific merit following standard NIH criteria: Significance, Innovation, Investigator, Approach, and Environment. Additionally, review criteria will include 1) plans for future extramural grant applications, 2) likelihood that the Junior Investigator will publish in a timely manner, 3) plans for research in the field of Matrix Biology.  Applicants must state how the project addresses the Matrix Biology scientific theme and how the award will provide faculty the opportunity to invigorate their career with collaborative research in matrix biology and biomedical research. Preliminary data is not required, but should be included if available.

The application must include the following elements:

  • Title and Project Summary (1 page)
  • Specific Aims (1 page)
    • Research Strategy, (maximum 10 pages) in NIH format include Significance, Innovation, Research Approach, and Project Timeline with milestones and plans for submitting two manuscripts each year and an R01 or R01-like grant application to obtain future extramural funding
    • NIH-style Biographical Sketch for PI
    • Demonstration of IRB, IACUC, and IBC approval, if appropriate
    • If release time from teaching is required, a letter from the department chair must accompany the application
    • A summary of the investigator’s track record in submitting grant applications
    • A list of experiments that will be carried out in the Biomolecular Research Center
    • A detailed budget for two years and justification. For planning purposes, do not exceed $100,000 per year.

DescriptionKey Dates*
Posted DateAugust 10
Application due date, submitted as a single PDF, by email to:
October 5
*All Junior Investigator Grant awards are contingent upon NIH approval and availability of funds.

Member Access Request Form

To request access to any Biomolecular Research Center Labs you must complete the Member Access Request Form and return it to the Biomolecular Research Center Administrative office (Math Building Room 225) or scan and email to

BRC Member Access Request Form V8_May 2017

Scientific Equipment Training Grant

The Biomolecular Research Center is offering students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to receive a grant to be trained to use the scientific equipment located in the Biomolecular Research Center. To qualify you must be a student, staff, or faculty of Boise State University. Please refer to BRC website to see what services and equipment are available at the BRC.

These grants are limited to the availability of the BRC professional staff and grants will be capped at $400.00.

Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and you will be notified of your award status within 2 weeks.

*If you have any questions or concerns please contact the BRC at or (208) 426-2238.