Montana INBRE Special Emphasis Research Development Project RFP for Grant Year: 2021 - 2022

Issue Date: October 1, 2021
Inform PI/PC of Intent: no later than Friday, October 22, 2021
Proposal Due: Friday, November 5, 2021
Award Notification: Beginning November 15, 2021
Funding Expended by: April 30, 2022 (no carryover allowed)


Montana INBRE is soliciting proposals for the development of Special Emphasis Research Projects in the areas of environmental health and COVID-19 public health. The current request focuses on the planning and collaboration required to develop a research project in these areas. This RFP encourages project leaders from different institutions to work together to leverage strengths and share resources to develop a full research project and substantive and lasting collaborations that will allow them to reach goals that neither institution could reach on its own.  

Priorities for the Special Emphasis Research Project include:

  • Multiple project leaders representing more than one Montana INBRE partner
  • Inclusion of project leaders not at a research-intensive University (UM, MSU)
  • Environmental health
  • COVID-19-related topics, particularly impacts on health and well-being

Projects can be developed within a single discipline or be interdisciplinary. The potential for student involvement in research is important. Successful completion of a planning project is envisioned to seed a joint research proposal that can be submitted to Montana INBRE for competitive review.  Projects and collaborations that are new, as well as established collaborations focusing on a new area of research, are eligible. Senior investigators may apply; however, they should consider collaborating with new and/or less established researchers.

This funding mechanism will expire on April 30, 2022. Investigators are encouraged to take advantage of research resources available through INBRE Cores and use these to strengthen research impacts. Core/Facility names and contacts for these resources include:

If human subjects are involved in the proposed research, applicants should consult with the IRB of record (at their own institutions or the institution to which protocols are deferred) regarding application requirements and due dates. The IRB of record in collaborative research between MSU investigators and researchers at partner intuitions is generally the IRB at the partner institution, though MSU investigators must submit the protocol to MSU’s IRB for review as well. For guidance, contact:


Faculty from all Montana INBRE partner institutions in the biomedical, social/behavioral, economic, agriculture, and engineering sciences may apply for Montana INBRE funding. Interdisciplinary research proposals directed by multiple Project Leaders from different institutions will be prioritized. Unlike in standard INBRE research proposals, established investigators are encouraged to apply so long as they partner with new/junior investigators who have a leading role in the project.


Budget range is $1,000-$10,000 per project leader. Travel, teaching buyout, salary, and expenses critical to project development are allowable.

To Submit

  • It is highly recommended that before October 22, 2021, prospective proposal writers engage with Montana INBRE Principal Investigator, Dr. Brian Bothner, and/or Program Coordinator, Dr. Ann Bertagnolli, to discuss your ideas and formulate a plan that incorporates relevant Montana INBRE-supported resources. This engagement may begin with a phone call, email, or letter of intent.
  • On or before Friday,November 5, 2021, email a copy of your one or two-page (1000-word max) document describing your proposed research, requested budget, and your plan for expending funds during the funding period, which will last through April 30, 2022.