The South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE), SC INBRE IV solicits applications for the Bioinformatics Pilot Project Program. This program is designed to stimulate the application of genomics and bioinformatics methods by supporting research and student training through the SC INBRE and South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) networks, networks as well as at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) across South Carolina. BIPP proposals must focus on Biomedical Science and fit within the broad scientific focus areas of SC INBRE: Biochemistry/Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Bio/Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and Neuroscience. In addition, proposed BIPP projects must provide opportunities for students (undergraduate or graduate) to gain research experience.
Up to five new BIPP awards will be made throughout the state. BIPP awards support independent, faculty-driven research and provide research training to students and/or postdoctoral fellows in Bioinformatics.
Release Date: January 25, 2022
Deadline for Letter of Intent: March 4, 2022, 5 pm ET
Deadline for submission: April 4, 2022, 5 pm ET
Period of performance: Sept 1, 2022 through Aug 31, 2023
Award amounts and number of anticipated awards:
Up to 5 awards of $10,000 each will be awarded.
LOI and Application Submission Instructions and Contact Information
Utilization of Core Facilities
If core facility support is required, projects should propose to work with one of the following INBRE-supported facilities:
Computational, Data Storage and Analysis Facility at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Homayoun Valafar, Director (Email, 803-777-2404).
NMR facility at Claflin University, Dr. Arezue Boroujerdi, Director (Email, 803-535-5536)
Microarray Facility at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Michael Shtutman, (Email, 803-777-8988)
Proteogenomics Core Facility at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Jeremy Barth, Director (Email, 843-792-9984)
Instrumentation Resource Facility at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Bob Price, Director (Email, 803-733-3392)
BIPP proposals are solicited from institutions of higher education in the SC INBRE network, affiliated members of SCTR, and interested faculty at PUIs across South Carolina. Applications will be accepted from faculty at any rank in tenured, non-tenured, or non-tenure track positions. Current IDeA program-funded faculty are not eligible.
Proposal Preparation Instructions
The application package can be downloaded from the SC INBRE website in a fillable, pdf format. All forms must be completed according to the NIH guidelines for “R” series awards. Each package includes the following:
Applications will be reviewed by the SC INBRE Administrative Core personnel to determine responsiveness to the FOA, eligibility of the applicant, completeness of the application, and information regarding human subjects and vertebrate animals. Applications deemed incomplete, ineligible, or not responsive will be returned to the applicants.
All proposals that meet the eligibility requirements and guidelines will be independently evaluated by SC INBRE’s Scientific Review Committee. A competitive proposal will describe a focused set of experiments that require bioinformatics methods of data analysis. The likelihood that the experiment proposed will yield data suitable for publication and usable as preliminary data for an extramural grant proposal will be one of the most considerations during the review. Reviewers will apply the following review criteria:
Scientific merit of the proposed project as evidenced in the significance, innovation, and approach section of the proposal. The project must be relevant to Biomedical Sciences.
Potential to lead to a competitive extramural grant proposal and potential for publication
Qualifications of project personnel
Broader impact within the INBRE network, including involvement of underrepresented minorities within the research team: African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans, women, and/or Persons with disabilities.
Qualifications of project personnel
Quality of proposed training plans for students
Final decisions on funding will be made by the SC INBRE External Advisory Committee and NIGMS.
Awards and Reporting Requirements
BIPP award recipients are expected to present their results at the annual SC INBRE Scientific Symposium.
Award recipients will be contacted quarterly to request updates on the supported activity, summary of expenditures, and any project achievements to date (students trained, publications, presentations, proposals submitted/funded). BIPP award recipients are expected to publish their results and present them at regional and/or national conferences. Awardees are also expected to apply for extramural support as soon as possible during or after the completion of their BIPP award work.
A comprehensive final report is due 30 days after the end date of the award.
All publications, resulting even in part from work supported by SC INBRE, must acknowledge SC INBRE support and a PMCID must be obtained for each publication in a timely fashion. PMCID information must be provided to the SC INBRE administrative staff as soon as available.
BIPP award recipients are expected to obtain an NIH Commons ID for all student and postdoctoral participants.
After the expiration date of each award, SC INBRE will continue to contact awardees for outcome-related data such as grants, publications, etc. Failure to provide any requested materials for award or evaluation purposes will constitute default under this program and disqualify the BIPP recipient from further SC INBRE support.