Technology Access Program Request for Applications (RFA).

The Idaho INBRE Bioinformatics Core is excited to announce a Technology Access program open to biomedical investigators for projects that utilize core facilities in Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. An array of biomedical research projects will be supported, including metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics, and imaging. Successful applications will receive funding to cover core facility costs for data collection and analysis, consulting, or student training. Typical funding levels are $3,000-5,000, but can be more (or less) depending on the project and budget justification.


  • 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 be ready for completion within 3 months of the award.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning July 1, 2019. Award announcements will begin July 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted until funds have been exhausted or until December 30, 2019.
  • Data must be collected and funds expended before January 31, 2020.

Application Submission & Requirements

  1. Please click on the “Applications” button below to begin the online application. The application is also found on the BRC website:
  2. Attach a Project Proposal (1-2 page) as a single PDF.
  3. The Project Proposal should follow this format:
    • Project Investigator(s) and institutional affiliation(s).
    • Project title.
    • Brief project description (no more than 1-2 pages) that includes statements of relevance to any past or current INBRE project funding, and specific sample numbers for analysis.
    •  Core facility use and location (projected).
    • Initial budget estimate (i.e. costs for the core resources) and justification. Append a quote from relevant core facility.
    • A brief statement of the status of required assurances and approvals (if relevant).
    • Project timeline.
    • Brief statement of plans for grant submission/publication arising from the access award.

Reporting Requirements. A 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 Compliance. All 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 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.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

  1. Only complete applications will be considered.
  2. All eligible applications will be reviewed by the Bioinformatics Advisory Committee (BAC).
  3. For this round, the selection criteria will be based on:
    • Scientific merit and readiness.
    • Feasibility of the project providing data for publication or grant application.
    • Availability of core resources to complete the project in a timely manner.
  4.  Upon selection, the applicant will be notified by the BAC. The BAC will then work with the investigator to finalize project plans and assist in access to necessary core facilities.

Allowable costs under this award

For this round, technology access funds must be expended by January 31, 2020. No carry-forward will be allowed. We anticipate making a number of awards. 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 subawards will be made). Core facilities will invoice the Biomolecular Research Center (BSU) directly for project costs.

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.

Idaho Core Facilities

New Mexico Core Facilities

Montana Core Facilities

Contact & Questions

To discuss program eligibility, project scope, core facility capacity, assistance identifying relevant core facilities, or other questions relating to this RFA, please contact:

Ken Cornell, Ph.D.,
Director, Idaho INBRE Bioinformatics Core

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