The South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) and the SC INBRE Bioinformatics Core solicits applications for the Student-initiated Research Project (SIRP) program. This program is designed to enrich the academic experience of students and to better prepare future generations of researchers, investigators, and entrepreneurs throughout the SC INBRE network. SIRP applications must apply bioinformatics tools to biomedical research questions. The project should include acquisition and/or computational analyses of genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and/or health data. The project must fit within the broad scientific focus areas of SC INBRE: Biochemistry/Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Bio/Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Neuroscience.
Release Date: January 25, 2022
NEW this year – 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 five awards of $3,000 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)
SIRP proposals are solicited from currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at institutions of higher education in the SC INBRE network who have not previously held a SIRP award.
Although more than one application can be submitted per lab per funding period, the projects submitted by students with the same faculty mentor must be distinct projects. Two students working as a team on the same project under the same mentor can apply together for a single SIRP award although the award amount will remain the same.
Proposal Preparation Instructions
The application package can be downloaded from the SC INBRE website (www.scinbre.org) in a fillable, pdf format. All forms must be completed according to the published guidelines found on the SC INBRE website. Each package includes the following:
Biosafety (if applicable). Discuss the biosafety aspects of the proposed work and, if necessary, file for approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee as you prepare your proposal to SC INBRE. If there are no biohazards, please state so.
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 and will provide the applicant with training in bioinformatics tools and approaches. Reviewers will apply the following review criteria:
Scientific merit of the proposed project; the project must be related to Biomedical Science.
Clarity of explanation
Overall strength of collaboration between mentor and applicant
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
All applicants will receive a notice of award/declination and copies of the reviewers’ comments via email. Award recipients are required to provide the SC INBRE Administrative Core with project data for evaluation and reporting purposes, as follows:
SIRP award recipients are expected to present their results at the annual SC INBRE Scientific Symposium.
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.
SIRP award recipients (both mentor and student) are expected to obtain an NIH Commons ID if funded.
After the expiration date of each award, SC INBRE will continue to contact awardees for outcome-related data such as post-baccalaureate educational plans and job placement.