Developmental Research Projects

Pre-Proposal Materials are Due September 29, 2023

The DRP Program is a mentored career development program intended to advance the careers of Nevada researchers in biomedical sciences. The program provides research funding and a mentored pathway of milestones leading to publication submission of an NIH R-type grant proposal or equivalent proposal (NSF, American Heart Association, etc.). The project duration is 2 years, with the second year of funding contingent on the completion of all year 1 milestones. Direct costs up to $125,000 per year may be requested. For detailed information and application information, please see the DRP Funding Announcement.

Development Research Project Pre-Proposal Applications

Pre-Proposal Applicants must submit the following by September 29, 2023:

  • A concise summary describing the goals of the proposed research and expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved
  • Specific Aims Page: a succinct list of 2-3 specific objectives of the research proposed (e.g. to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, etc.)
  • a Letter of Support completed by the applicant's supervisor approving 50% effort to career development and research activities if awarded. 

**Please Note that the summary and specific aims page may not exceed 2 pages combined.

Project Duration: Two (2) years, with second year of funding contingent on completion of all milestones and renewed INBRE funding.

Funding Level and Allowable Expenses:  Direct costs up to $125,000 per year may be requested. Permitted expenses include salaries for the PI and research personnel, as well as research supplies that are allowable NIH expenses. Travel expenses are allowed for conducting fieldwork as part of the project, accessing experts or other resources, or giving invited presentations on INBRE-related research at a national, regional or international meeting. Equipment is generally not allowable.  DRP Awardees are required to attend the NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting and must budget travel funds accordingly.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a tenure-track, full-time appointment at a NV INBRE Partner Institution at the Assistant Professor level or higher.  Awardees must devote 50% effort (6 person months) to career development and research activities. The investigator may not be the PI or Co-PI of an NIH research grant or have research funding from another IDeA program (COBRE, CTR-IN) at the time of an award. The PI may not be awarded more than one DRP grant at a time, and previous DRP recipients are not eligible.

Mentors - DRP awards are mentored career development awards. Each awardee will identify a mentor as part of the application process. The mentor must be an established scientist with expertise relevant to the proposed research willing to commit substantial time and effort as described in a formal Memo of Understanding. The mentors will receive a consulting fee upon completion of the milestones listed below.

DRP Milestones:

  • Meet with mentor face to face or by teleconference at least three times each year
  • Report to NV INBRE via the tracking database upon requested (twice a year)
  • Present progress at the NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting (Year 1 and 2)
  • Present progress and research results to the External Advisory Committee (EAC) (Year 1 and 2)
  • Attend the NISBRE Conference in 2024 (Year 1)
  • Attend the Western Regional Conference in 2025 (Year 2)
  • Attend an approved grant writing workshop (e.g., a workshop based on The Grant Application Writer's Workbook by S.W. Russell and D. C. Morrison) in the first year
  • Submit a manuscript based on the DRP research to a peer-reviewed journal before the end of the second year of funding
  • Submit a draft R-type proposal (or equivalent) to the NV INBRE Administrative Core for pre-review early in the second year of funding
  • Submit an R-type proposal (or equivalent) by the middle of the second year of funding
  • Submit Summary Statement to the NV INBRE Administrative Core with plans for revision and resubmission if necessary

Applicants from NV INBRE Partner Institutions are eligible to apply:

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Nevada State University
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Great Basin College
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Western Nevada College
  • Sierra Nevada College
  • Desert Research Institute

**Please note that you may only submit one proposal.**

Funding of Developmental Research Projects depends upon the timely arrival of NIH funds. 

Other Important Dates:

Expected Invitation for Full Application: October 12, 2023

Required Pre-Proposal Workshops (via Zoom): expected late October/early November 2023

Full Application Due:  Friday December 8, 2023

Earliest Possible Start Date: April 1, 2024

Contact Jessica Garfield at or (775) 784-6544 for further information.

Submit Pre-Proposal Materials
(Specific Aims & Letter of Support) by September 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM