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Core Utilization Voucher Program



The purpose of the KY INBRE Core Utilization Voucher Program is to provide access to scientific cores at the research institutions (UofL or UK). If appropriate cores do not exist or are overutilized in the KY INBRE network, several Southeast Region INBREs (WV, SC, PR and MS) have offered their cores for utilization. These vouchers, with an estimated cost of $5,000 each, are intended to cover the costs typically incurred by core users and are intended to generate preliminary data for grant applications. An additional $20,000 annually in cloud credits will be set aside that can be requested as part of the voucher program. While priority will be given to PUI researchers, UK and UofL researchers will also be eligible to apply. Applications for core vouchers will be reviewed annually in December during the same period as the other KY INBRE funding mechanisms. The review process will involve the DSC advisory committee, who will consult with the appropriate Core directors for appropriateness of the requested services. 

Application Information

Pilot project “voucher awards” are available for Kentucky investigators interested in the use of scientific core facilities at the University of Louisville or University of Kentucky to enhance their research programs and provide preliminary data for grant applications. Awards are to be used to cover the costs associated with utilizing any of the core facilities at UofL or UK including costs associated with training, if applicable. Expenses for travel and lodging to access one of the network facilities may also be included in the budget. All other costs of the project are the responsibility of the investigator. Student involvement in the project is required. Applicants must include email correspondence with the director of the core facility stating the project is feasible in terms of scope and funding. By accepting an award, principal investigators agree to provide a 1-page outcome summary within 12 months and agree to be available to give a presentation about their supported work during the KY INBRE Annual Research Conference. 

Judging Criteria

Applications will be evaluated for scientific merit, relevance to public health, student involvement, experimental design, and feasibility. Plans for publication and/or submission of pilot data for grant applications should be mentioned. Subsequent publications or grant applications must include citation of NIH award P20GM103436. Projects that incorporate new preparation protocols and methods development are encouraged to apply. 

Submission Instructions

Please submit the following documents – using NIH PHS398 forms and instructions:

Also submit as NIH format attachments:

Completed proposals should be saved as a single PDF and submitted via email by the posted due date to Dr. Whitney Rogers, email, with the subject line “KY INBRE Voucher Proposal 2023.”

If any additional clarification is needed, please contact your institutional lead faculty (if applicable),  KY INBRE Project Director: Dr. Whitney Rogers, the KY INBRE Program Coordinator: Dr. Bruce Mattingly, email, or the KY INBRE Principal Investigator: Dr. Martha Bickford, email

Page updated Nov 9, 2023