RNA Bioscience Initiative Grant Program
2016-2017 seed grants have been awarded to these 9 recipients. The next award will be announced in late Spring 2017.
The RNA Bioscience Initiative (RBI) at the University of
Colorado Anschutz Medical campus seeks to establish and support outstanding
RNA-focused research, to include basic science, translational, and clinical
studies. Towards that goal, the RBI seeks to fund exciting new research
projects that push the leading edge of RNA-focused research. We anticipate that
both multiple- and single-PI grants of different budget sizes will be awarded
in multiple rounds over the next 4-5 years.
In this first round of grant awards, the RBI will fund a
number of investigator-initiated projects. Diverse RNA-focused topics and
varied approaches will be supported. In this round, the RBI is particularly
interested in projects using high-throughput sequencing methods and
bioinformatics tools, but proposals focused on other methods that address the topics
outlined below are encouraged.
The RBI will fund two types of grants in this cycle:
- Research Project Grants (up to $50,000) will support
RNA-centric studies of important basic or clinically-focused questions. Proposals
that address the First Round Key Topics listed below are encouraged to apply. We
are particularly interested in proposals that use single cell RNA sequencing
methods, or new high resolution methods to study RNA transcription, processing
- Bioinformatics Grants (variable budgets) will provide
support for analysis of high-throughput sequencing data. The RBI has begun
hiring analysts at the postdoctoral level who will consult with award
recipients on their projects and implement analytical approaches. These awards
are intended to support both analysis of existing sequencing data, or can be
awarded to supplement analysis of data generated by the Research Grants.
Round Program Key Topics
Using cutting-edge RNA analysis tools and other methods to:
- Rapidly assess the efficacy of treatment for treating cancers and other major diseases.
- Understand the role of RNA processing abnormalities (such as aberrant splicing) in disease states.
- Understand the biology of RNA viruses, host sensing of viral RNAs, and role of RNAs in infectious disease.
- Identify RNAs of novel function whose dysregulation leads to disease.
- Find or understand functionally important non-coding RNAs, RNA biomarkers, and post-transcriptional modifications in RNAs.
The RNA Bioscience Initiative will provide support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend scienctific meetings, such as those listed on the RNA Society's Conferences Page.
Applications for Travel Awards are accepted on a rolling basis. The following materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject line: "Application for Travel Award."
- Description of the meeting
- Requested funds
- Topic to be presented