Faculty Research Development Grant Applications

WV-INBRE Outreach Core | Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Purpose:  Enhance Biomedical Research at WV-INBRE Network Institutions

All faculty at WV-INBRE Primarily Undergraduate Institutions are eligible to participate (except holders of major research projects).

The overall goal of the WV-INBRE is to continue development of a research network among predominantly undergraduate institutions, Marshall University School of Medicine (MUSOM) and the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center (WVUHSC). We now are announcing the availability of funds to support biomedical research projects to be carried out at the Network Institutions. It is expected that these grants will benefit the WV-INBRE network as a whole and each application must focus on a biomedical research project.

Types of grants available:

Individual investigators at each WV-INBRE Institution are eligible to apply for Faculty Research Development Research Grants in amounts ranging from $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000.   Grants can be used to purchase supplies, pay for undergraduate research assistants, and summer salaries for the principal investigator.  Equipment purchases will be considered.  Participation by undergraduates is required.  The funds requested will go to the investigator’s institution and not to MUSOM or WVUHSC.  Funding of the grant is scheduled to begin August 1, 2015 and funds must be expended by July 31, 2016.  Funding is, of course, contingent upon renewal of the WV-INBRE project.


The WV-INBRE Administrative Core will evaluate these applications with the assistance of WVU and Marshall researchers knowledgeable in the area, and make awards consistent with the overall guidelines outlined in the NIH WV-INBRE award statement.  The selection criteria will be based on scientific merit and relevance of the project to the network.  Requested equipment must be clearly justified as being essential for the conduct of the proposed research and not to more general departmental or institutional needs/wants.  The scientific merit of the project will be evaluated first, followed by evaluation of the need for the requested equipment and supplies.   Preliminary data indicating project viability will be a major factor in awarding larger requests as well as for requests for continued funding of projects previously supported by WV-INBRE.

Application Information:

Applicants must submit a letter of intent to apply for a grant by Friday, March 27, 2015.  The letter should include the title of the project and a brief paragraph describing the nature of the research to be performed.  If known, the name of a mentor or potential mentor at either Marshall or WVU should be included.  If the applicant has not identified a mentor, the information in this letter of intent will allow the Administrative Core to identify potential mentors based on the nature of the proposed research.

Each application should be single spaced no smaller than 11 point font, using NIH form PHS 398 available from the NIH web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html Note:  While the NIH is moving to mandatory electronic submission of grants, INBRE will continue to use paper submission of our Faculty Research Development Grant applications.  Because the NIH may review FRDAs, the entire form 398 must be filled in.  The application should contain the following information:

Institutional Endorsement: Include the NIH Face Page signed by the Principal Investigator and the institutional official authorized to make a commitment of resources needed to carry out the proposed research.

Principal Investigator: (i.e., the individual preparing the application) and key personnel, including a mentor):  biographical sketch (no more than 2 pages each).

Mentor:  Each project must have a research mentor from either WVU or Marshall who can advise and assist the applicant in the conduct of the research program.  Dr. Andrew Shiemke of WVU can assist the applicant in finding a mentor.

Abstract: (250 words or less)

Research Plan: Include Objectives, Specific Aims, Background, Experimental Design (protocols if required).  Page limits: larger grants, 6 pages (not including references and appendices).  Details of research procedures or research publications may be included in an appendix. The body of the proposal should include enough detail for a reviewer to grasp what is proposed.

Network Value:  Describe how this project will benefit the WV-INBRE or the principal investigator’s institution (1/2 page maximum).

Budget and Justification (Up to three pages)

The budget must clearly justify requests.

Budget Guidelines:
            Funds may be requested to support the following:

  1. Support of student workers (fringe benefits may be requested).
  2. Summer salary for the principal investigator may be requested.
  3. Consumable supplies.
  4. Equipment required for carrying out the proposed research (computer purchases will not be considered).
  5. Services (i.e., outside laboratory fees or publication costs)
  6. Indirect costs cannot be awarded unless the institution has negotiated an F&A rate with the NIH.

There are several parts of form 398 that are not applicable: Planned enrollment table, Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment report, Other Support, All personnel report.

While institutional match is not required, all forms of institutional commitment should be defined and documented (letter from appropriate institutional official).

Human or animal research:  Research involving human or animal subjects must have IRB or ACUC approval before it can be initiated.  Although an approved human or animal subject protocol is not required for submission of an application, an approved protocol and NIH notification will be required before funds are released.  Institutional approval may also be necessary if the work involves hazards of biological origin.  Institutions that do not have these review committees must utilize existing committees at WVUHSC or MUSOM (contact Dr. Robert Griffith for assistance).

These grants may be considered for renewal pending satisfactory progress, as demonstrated by the yearly progress report which is required for all projects at the time a renewal application is submitted.  If this application is a renewal, please include a one-two page summary of progress to date as a separate section which will not be counted as part of the total pages in the actual grant application.

Submit an electronic copy and two paper copies of each application to:  Dr. Robert K. Griffith, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, P.O. Box 9540, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Morgantown, WV  26506.  Email rgriffith@hsc.wvu.edu  All proposals must be received by Friday, May 8, 2015.  You may, of course, submit your application earlier, but reviews will be done after the deadline.

The Administrative Core will evaluate the proposals and notify investigators of the status of their applications by June 1, 2015.   Funding will begin August 1, 2015 and all funds awarded must be spent by the end of the grant year (July 31, 2016).

Faculty Research Development Grant recipients are required to present the results of their research, which may be very preliminary in nature, or simply a description of plans if this is the first year of WV-INBRE support, at the 2016 Summer Research Symposium, which will be held at West Virginia University in July, 2016.  Failure to present at this meeting will jeopardize eligibility for further WV-INBRE funding.