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Pilot project call for applications from UND Center for Host Pathogen Interactions

In anticipation of funding for the fifth consecutive year, the UND Center for Host Pathogens Interactions (HPI) CoBRE invites proposals for pilot projects to support promising research that fits well within the scientific theme of the Center. The HPI team anticipates supporting 2-3 new pilot projects at up to $50,000 direct costs/year for one year with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2020. The UND HPI CoBRE program is open to all full time UND faculty. It is expected that this program will attract investigators into the broader research area of host-microbe interactions at mucosal surfaces, foster new collaborations among new and existing investigators, and promote the utilization of Flow Cytometry, Imaging, and Histopathology core facilities.

Preference will also be given to projects covering, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Mucosal immune responses to infectious and non-infectious insults
  • Chronic inflammation in neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of mucosa
  • Microbiome effects on health and disease states in the host
  • Microbial manipulation of host immune processes
  • Host responses that impact lung, gut and skin mucosal inflammation
  • Investigations into understanding inflammatory processes in health and disease
  • Development of new research tools to study host-microbe interactions
  • Identification of new therapeutics, diagnostics, and treatments for infectious and inflammatory diseases

Successful projects must extensively utilize one or more of UND’s HPI CoBRE core labs. Applications should be prepared in general accord with the NIH PHS 398 application guidelines.

The deadline for applying to the Host-Pathogen Interactions Pilot Program (Year 5) is extended to April 15, 2020.

Prospective applicants with questions about eligibility, program details, or the “fit” of their project to the CoBRE theme are encouraged to contact Dr. Jyotika Sharma (701.777.2624,