June 2, 2023


KY INBRE funds almost $1 million for biomedical research in Kentucky 

(Louisville, KY) — The Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (KY INBRE), a statewide multi-million dollar, five-year renewable grant program funded by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), is pleased to announce the awarding of a combined total of almost $1 million to our 2023 Awards grants and Electron Microscopy Core voucher recipients. A total of 37 awards are being distributed to faculty at nine Kentucky institutions: Bellarmine University, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University.

KY INBRE Investigator Development Award (IDeA)

The objective of the KY INBRE Investigator Development Award (IDeA) grant program is to provide support to promising junior investigators at Kentucky colleges and universities to establish a research program involving undergraduate students that is competitive for NIH funding. In addition to providing funds for research support, the program requires release time from teaching, training and mentoring in NIH proposal development, and the development of collaborative relationship with a senior scientist (mentor). Each project awards up to $40,000 for one year, with a possibility of applying for a second year of funding.

The 2023 KY INBRE IDeA Award recipients are:

KY INBRE Postdoctoral Fellow Awards

The KY INBRE Postdoctoral Fellow Awards provide partial support (up to 50%) for a postdoctoral research associate for NIH-R15 funded investigators at the primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). The purpose of this program is two-fold: 1) to enhance the productivity of the NIH-R15 funded faculty member during  the award period by providing full-time management of the laboratory; and 2) to train and develop new PhD investigators for faculty positions at PUIs. It is expected that this support will increase the PI’s research productivity to enhance the competitiveness of subsequent R15 renewal applications, and will increase the pipeline of biomedical research faculty at Kentucky institutions. If a postdoctoral fellow cannot be recruited, funds may be requested for partial support of a full-time post-baccalaureate trainee. The maximum annual award is $33,000 (total direct cost) for support of a postdoctoral fellow or $25,000 (total direct cost) for a post-baccalaureate technician. 

The 2023 KY INBRE Postdoctoral Fellow Award recipients are: 


KY INBRE Faculty Recruitment Start-Up Awards

The purpose of the KY INBRE Faculty Start-Up Award program is to facilitate the recruitment of qualified junior faculty at Kentucky colleges and universities who have the background, training, and motivation to establish an externally-funded biomedical research program involving undergraduate students. Eligible institutions may request matching funds (up to $25,000) from KY INBRE to create a first-year research start-up package to offer to potential candidates for tenure-track assistant professor positions in research areas consistent with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) priorities. The recruited candidates will become members of the KY INBRE and will receive additional research and proposal development support through the KY INBRE Mentoring Core. 

The 2023 KY INBRE Faculty Start-Up Award recipients are:

KY INBRE Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) Awards

The KY INBRE CUREs Awards provide the opportunity to apply for developmental awards to increase course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). Target budgets will be up to $20,000 per year for one to three consecutive years. These awards can be used for faculty salary support for course development and/or supplies/equipment needed for the initial development. 

The 2023 KY INBRE CUREs Award recipients are: 

KY INBRE Bridge Funding Awards

The purpose of the KY INBRE Bridge Funding Awards program is to enable NIH-funded faculty to maintain their research program for short periods of time between the lapse of initial grant funding and the start of a new or renewal NIH grant award. Bridge Awards are non-renewable and are limited to a maximum of $50,000 for a one-year period. 

The 2023 KY INBRE Bridge Funding Award recipient is

KY INBRE Electron Microscopy Core Vouchers

The purpose of the KY INBRE Electron Microscopy Voucher Program is to assist investigators with electron microscopy (EM) projects in the form of a voucher ($5,000 maximum) to cover the costs of sample preparation, assisted EM use at any of the three KY INBRE network EM facilities located at University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University, and/or travel and lodging expenses to access a network facility.

The 2023 KY INBRE EM Voucher recipients are: