2018 Express-Sequencing Grant

Express Sequencing and Bioinformatics Analysis Grants Program 2018

This competition has concluded.  Decisions have been emailed to applicants (January 25).

The NIH NIGMS-funded Wyoming IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)
Program requests proposals from University of Wyoming and Wyoming community college
faculty and researchers to the Wyoming INBRE Sequencing and Bioinformatic Analysis Program. The immediate goal of this program is to provide support for the acquisition of next-
generation sequencing data (genomes, transcriptomes, amplicon analysis etc.,) and/or analysis  of data that will strengthen the research program of the applicant. Additionally, funds may be
used for sample prep and sequencing. Funds may not be used for sample acquisition (e.g.,
tissue/sample culture or collection of samples in the field). Anticipated outcomes of this support
include, but are not limited to, conference presentations, peer-reviewed papers and/or
production of preliminary data for nationally competitive grant proposals. The longer-term
objective of the program is to enhance bioinformatics research and training in Wyoming, as a
contribution towards furthering the goals of Wyoming INBRE. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and
other research personnel are encouraged to apply. Projects involving trainee participation will
be preferentially considered. Awarded funds must be spent (not simply billed by) by April 1,
2018. Funds may not be used for any other purpose than described above.

Funds up to $10,000 may be requested, but see information on quote selection and funding
level in the Budget section at the end of this document. If this amount does not fully support the applicant’s project costs, the applicant must provide an explanation of the source of additional required funds. Depending on the number of applications received, the amounts awarded to successful applicants may be less than requested. Additional questions, should be directed to Nic Blouin and/or Vikram Chhatre at wyoinbre@gmail.com.

Judging criteria

Applications will be assessed based on: (1) completeness and clarity of project description
including adequate survey of literature in the area of research (2) degree of novelty of proposed
project; (3) benefit to applicant’s research program; (3) where relevant, dissemination of
previously generated next-generation sequencing data and analysis; (4) involvement of
trainees; (5) appropriate and well-justified amount of request, (5) past history of funding from
WY INBRE.

Choice of facility

Applicants are encouraged to propose use of a sequencing and/or bioinformatics facility of their
choice, particularly if they have already established a successful working relationship with such
a facility. The Core requests at least 2 well-considered competitive quotes for each submission.
Additionally, the Core can provide advice on service providers and interpretation of quote
results.

Award conditions

Successful applicants will be required to participate in a half-day event in which they will provide brief presentations on their supported project and how the knowledge gained has been used to advance bioinformatics components of the applicant’s research and/or educational program. Program participants may also be required to complete very brief surveys, to allow
programmatic assessment. All products resulting from the award must fully acknowledge this
funding source.

Proposal guidelines (font of 11pt or larger, margins must be 1” or larger)

Include all of the following requested information in a single pdf document and email it to
wyoinbre@gmail.com with the subject heading  “IBCseq2018 – Your_last_name” . You will
receive email confirmation of receipt. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Investigator information (1 page)

Name of investigator, position, institution, department, and contact information.
List all past WY INBRE funding for you or members (past or present) from your lab.

Project description (1 page excluding references)

1. Description of proposed sequencing and/or bioinformatics analysis project, including its scientific merit.
2. If generating new sequencing data, how do you propose to ensure the novelty of the data?
3. How do you plan to disseminate results to the scientific community at large? Provide specific examples from past research.
4. If estimated project costs exceed the requested amount, provide an explanation on how  these costs will be supported.
5. What if any other funds are available to complete the proposed sequencing work?

Budget and justification (no limit)

Detailed listing of funds requested and explanation of their relevance to the proposed work. This includes explanation of sequencing effort (e.g., coverage, sampling scheme). Provide at least 2 sequencing quotes from different service providers. Unless there is a compelling reason (please justify in this section), the amount awarded will equal the lower of the two quotes.