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COBRE Pilot Grant Program

Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

The NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Matrix Biology is pleased to announce its Pilot Project Grant Program. Funded by the NIH/NIGMS (COBRE grant P20GM109095), this program will provide support for promising faculty members undertaking biomedical research. The goal of the program is to enhance Matrix Biology research at Boise State University. To achieve this, we aim to support investigators to generate preliminary data that will lead to competitive applications for external funding.

We anticipate funding of up to four two-year pilot projects at $50,000 direct costs per year. The second year of funding is dependent on a demonstration of progress.

Investigators are encouraged to utilize shared core facilities including but not limited to the BRC proteomics, metabolomics, histology, microscopy, protein expression, and the Biomedical Research Vivarium core facilities.

Key Dates

Applications will be due at 5 p.m. on June 152020, submitted as a single PDF document to Tracy Yarnell, Program Administrator, COBRE-Matrix Biology (

An internal review committee will be convened the first week in July.

Applications recommended for funding will undergo external review and be considered for final approval by the COBRE-Matrix Biology External Advisory Committee (EAC) and NIGMS.

The earliest anticipated start date will be August 1, 2020.


Eligible investigators must hold a faculty appointment at Boise State University. A letter of support from the individual’s departmental chair stating that the faculty member is able to commit 25% effort to his/her pilot research project is required. Faculty members are not eligible for Pilot Grant support if they are the principal investigator on an R01 grant or its equivalent. Faculty will be required to provide a mentoring plan as well as a letter from the mentor confirming their commitment to the pilot project.

Please see the attached announcement for more detailed information

Inquiries regarding the Pilot Project Program should be directed to Tracy Yarnell at or Julia Oxford at

2020 Pilot Project Grant Announcement (pdf)