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Faculty Invited to Apply for NIH COBRE 2020

November 28, 2018

The Research and Faculty Development team in the Office of Research and Economic Development is requesting notices of intent (NOI) to indicate interest in submitting a proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program (P20; PAR-18-266) for the January 2020 deadline. The deadline to submit NOIs for this limited submission funding opportunity is 5 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) invites applications for Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) from investigators at biomedical research institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences within Institutional Development Award (IDeA) eligible states. The objective of the COBRE initiative is to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary National Institutes of Health (NIH) individual research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. COBRE awards are supported through the IDeA Program, which aims to foster health-related research by increasing the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from the NIH. The annual budgets must not exceed $1.5 million in direct costs. Additional direct costs in year one only of up to $300,000 as a one-time expenditure for Alteration and Renovation may be requested. Project period is limited to 5 years.

Read the existing NIH FOA (Jan 2019 deadline).

Limited Submission: The University of Idaho is allowed to submit one application per fiscal year.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI: The PD(s)/PI(s) of a previous COBRE center that completed the 3 consecutive phases may not lead a new COBRE phase 1 application without compelling justification. PD(s)/PI(s) may not simultaneously lead two or more IDeA program awards.

For instructions on how to submit an NOI and apply for this limited submission opportunity, please download the Guidelines.

For more information, contact Research & Faculty Development at

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