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Call for proposals: Center for Host Pathogens Interactions CoBRE seeks proposals

The UND HPI CoBRE invites proposals for pilot projects to support promising research that fits well within the scientific theme of the Center. We anticipate supporting around two new pilot projects at up to $100,000 direct costs per year for one year.

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, foster new collaborations among new and existing investigators, and promote the utilization of Flow Cytometry, Imaging, Computational Data Analysis, and Histopathology core facilities.

CoBRE Projects must have a single Principal Investigator who will be responsible for the scientific direction and management of the project. Collaborators can be included if the collaboration provides expertise necessary to the proposed research and not held by the PI.

The Application Process: Applications should be prepared in general accord with the NIH PHS 398 application guidelines, including the following:

  • NIH Face Page (Form Page 1).
  • NIH Pages Two and Three: Summary, Relevance, Project/Performance Sites, Senior/Key Personnel, Other Significant Contributors, and Human Embryonic Stem cells.
  • NIH Detailed Budget (Form Page 4). Allowable costs include salary support for PI (up to 10% of salary), graduate students or staff, and supplies. Funds cannot be used for PI’s salary, travel, and equipment purchases greater than $5,000.
  • Budget/Personnel justification.
  • Biographical Sketch(es) of Pl and Key Personnel.
  • Research Plan/Proposal (three-page limit utilizing 10 point font with single spacing and including specific aims, significance, innovation, and research strategy). Bibliography is not included in the three-page limit.
  • If a previous UND HPI CoBRE Pilot Grant awardee, History or Success from Prior Awards (one-page maximum outlining the progress on that prior work, including publications and extramural funding).
  • NIH Human subjects, if applicable.
  • Vertebrate animal justification and protection, if applicable.

Application must be submitted via Novelution.

In addition, please observe the following:

  • The research plan may not exceed three (3) pages in length including figures and tables but excluding references (which must be complete citations in the NIH style).
  • All figures and their lettering must be large enough to be clearly legible. Legibility of all provided material is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Missing or inaccurate information may disqualify your application from consideration.
  • IRB, IBC, and IACUC approvals must be secured prior to grant funds being released. These documents are required for obtaining NIH approval for funding the pilot projects.

In addition to on-line submission in UND’s Novelution, proposals should be submitted by email to Jessica Craig ( by 5 p.m. January 5, 2024. Proposals will be reviewed immediately and will be awarded once NIH approval is received.

Evaluation: Each Pilot proposal will be evaluated based on scientific merit using the NIH scoring system, by members of the HPI CoBRE Administrative Core and the External Advisory Committee. Final approval for funding will be made by the External Advisory Committee, with approval from the NIH.

Contact: For additional information, please contact Dr. David S. Bradley at 701.777.2610 or