Technology Access Program Request for Applications

The Idaho INBRE Data Science Core is excited to continue its Technology Access program. This program is open to biomedical investigators for projects that utilize core facilities, primarily in Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming. Projects utilizing core facilities in other states will also be considered. A broad array of biomedical research projects will be supported, including metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics, imaging and molecular characterizations. The technology access program will also support training at national centers for students and faculty that need to perform advanced analysis of big data sets, such as those encountered in transcriptomics or proteomic experiments. Successful applications will receive funding to cover core facility costs for data collection and analysis, consulting, or travel costs for training sessions. Typical funding levels are $3,000-6,000 but can be more (or less) depending on the project and budget justification.

Allowable costs under this award:

Technology access funds must be expended by the end of February every calendar year. No carry-forward will be allowed. We anticipate making 8-12 awards per year. Smaller (and larger) awards will be considered depending on the availability of funds. Awarded funds will be used to directly pay core facility charges (no sub-awards will be made). Core facilities will invoice INBRE Bioinformatics directly for project costs.

Application Submission & Requirements


  • Idaho biomedical researchers with an appointment at one of the Idaho INBRE partner institutions (BSU, BYU-I, COI, CSI, CWI, ISU, IVREF, LCSC, NIC, NNU, UI).
  • 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.
  • Projects must reflect overall biomedical research goals of the INBRE program.

Notes and Deadlines

  • Projects, where results will be used within a year for grant applications or publication, will receive priority.
  • Projects should generally be ready for completion by February of each calendar year.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning July 1 of each calendar year.
  • Award announcements will begin July 15 of each calendar year.
  • Applications will be accepted until funds have been exhausted.
  • Applicants with questions about available funds, timelines, or the suitability of their projects for support should contact Dr. Ken Cornell at for more information.

Reporting RequirementsA brief one-page summary of major findings will be required at the end of the project. As a follow-up, investigators will be asked to report annually to the INBRE program on subsequent grant applications, conference presentations, talks, and manuscripts that were impacted or stimulated by the technology access award funding. Program awardees are requested to acknowledge the INBRE grant award numbers for their respective states (e.g., Idaho INBRE P20 GM103408) in all grant proposals, presentations, and publications that benefited from the technology access funding. Also acknowledge any core facilities that provided data, data analysis, or student training.

Research ComplianceAll 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 the time of the technology access application submission; however, project readiness is a consideration in the review process. 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.

Core facility resources

To assist investigators in finding relevant core resources to meet their project needs, more information on some of the available core facilities can be found at the links listed below. The use of other facilities may also be proposed.

Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Sciences (IIDS) - UI

The Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) - BSU

Molecular Research Core Facility (MRCF) - ISU

Sequencing Core - BSU

Other Western INBRE (RAIN) Facilities

Selection Criteria and Review Process

1. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Data Science Committee.

2. The selection criteria will be based on:

  • Scientific Merit, including appropriate selection of sample replicates and controls. Prior consultation with instrument core personnel and/or biostatisticians is recommended.
  • Feasibility of the project providing data for publication or grant.
  • Availability of core resources to complete the project in a timely manner.

3. Upon selection, the applicant will be notified by the Data Science Director. They will then work with the investigator to finalize project plans and assist in access to necessary core facilities.

Contact & Questions

To discuss program eligibility, project scope, core facility capacity, assistance identifying relevant core facilities, resources for experimental design and statistical support, or other questions relating to this RFA, please contact:

Director, Idaho INBRE Data Science Core

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