Tenure-track and tenured faculty at Kentucky Colleges and Universities (except the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky) eligible for NIH R15 and/or R16 funding, and not funded by other KY INBRE grant awards mechanisms (excluding vouchers for core use).
Applicants must have an active research agenda with some preliminary data, experience in mentoring undergraduate students in research, and be motivated to obtain independent funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
First-time applicants must:
contact an NIH institute Program Officer and provide a statement confirming that the research topic area is potentially fundable by an NIH institute or center; and
have attended a KY INBRE-sponsored NIH R15/R16 grant writing workshop.
Applicants must identify a senior investigator to serve as mentor/collaborator. In addition to research expertise in the appropriate field, the mentor should have successful NIH granting writing experience and be willing to review and critique grant proposals, manuscripts, etc., prior to submission. While in-state collaborations (U of L, UK) are encouraged, out-of- state mentors are acceptable when justified by research expertise and training. A Biosketch and letter of support from the identified mentor are required. It is highly recommended that you have your selected mentor and institutional KY INBRE “Lead” faculty member review your Pilot Project proposal prior to submission.
Applicants with prior KY INBRE funding must provide evidence of significant research progress (e.g., publications, presentations, student accomplishments, NIH grant submissions).
All applicants are encouraged to contact the NIH National SuRE Resource Center for advice and assistance in preparing R16 proposals.
Applicants planning to use human or animal subjects in their research must submit an official institutional IRB or IACUC protocol approval along with their research proposal.
A letter of intent to apply with the anticipated proposal title must be submitted by the annually announced due date (usually around December 1st).