Applications due June 30 for new epigenomics pilot grant program

The UND COBRE for Epigenomics of Development and Disease P20 GM104360 is announcing a new pilot grant program for 2017/2018. The funding opportunity is a short-term pilot grant program that is designed to allow researchers to generate preliminary data using epigenomics platforms to increase their ability to compete for extramural awards.  This is a competitive program to support novel, innovative research that fits within the overall goal of the COBRE to promote research focused on understanding the functional role of epigenetic changes in biological systems.

Application due date: Friday June 30, 2017, noon

Application format: The application should consist of a single PDF file containing the following items formatted using current NIH forms.   Face page; 3-page (maximum) research proposal consisting of specific aims, preliminary data, and experimental design; NIH biosketch (new format); budget and justification; and references. Include any relevant compliance information (vertebrate animals, human subjects, clinical samples, etc.) that will be needed by NIH.  Submit applications by email to Mary Bohlman (

Maximum award:  Maximum award is $30,000, budgets requested must be fully justified.

Eligibility: All tenure track or research track faculty members with primary appointments at the University of North Dakota and are performing research in basic sciences, clinical or translational sciences, population health, or related fields are eligible to apply.  Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are not eligible.  Applicants are encouraged to discuss their research aims and methodology with epigenetics group members prior to submission in order to maximize synergy within the group.

Awards: Grants will be reviewed externally, and will be awarded based upon the standard NIH criteria (Significance, Approach, Innovation, Investigator, Environment), the ability to expand novel research capabilities or directions in the COBRE, and the potential for data generated to support competitive extramural proposals.  Awards cannot be used to fund travel, faculty salary, or major equipment.  Awardees will be expected to attend and present at COBRE group and symposium meetings, and to acknowledge the grant in publications and posters.