INBRE Faculty-Student Summer Research Grants

Furman University is one of six PUIs in the State of South Carolina who have recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health within the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. The primary goal of this program is to encourage biomedical research excellence within SC, with the eventual goal of increasing the competitiveness of the state’s institutions in federal funding.

Furman will receive approximately $300,000/year through June 2015 in support of this effort, and matching funds are being used to enhance support of individual faculty research projects of biomedical relevance. Dr. John Wheeler serves as Furman’s Project Director for the INBRE award. Over the five year history of the original award, ten faculty members (listed below) were supported by the INBRE matching grants at Furman, leading to submissions of grant applications to NIH, NSF, several private foundations and multiple student co-authored presentations and publications:

Faculty Member
Subject Year
Dr. Gil Einstein    Psychology  Summer 2005 
Dr. Julian Reed
HES
Summer 2005
Dr. Greg Springsteen
Chemistry Summer 2006
Dr. Sandra Larson Biology Summer 2006
Dr. Greg Springsteen
Chemistry
Summer 2007
Dr. Onarae Rice
Psychology
Summer 2007
Dr. Alicia Powers
HES
Summer 2008
Dr. Karen Buchmueller
Chemistry
Summer 2008
Dr. Erin Hahn
Psychology
Summer 2009
Dr. Julian Reed
HES
Summer 2009
Dr. Cinnamon Stetler
Psychology Summer 2011
Dr. Jason Rawlings
Biology Summer 2011

As a part of the new INBRE award, Furman will support up to two INBRE fellowships for each year for the summers of 2011-2015. Financial support includes a $10,000 faculty summer research stipend, one $4,000 student research stipend and a supplies budget of up to $3,500. Any faculty member is eligible to apply, provided their research efforts are in the general domain of biomedical science and amenable to potential NIH or NSF funding. In addition to the scientific evaluation of the proposed work, evidence of planning for proposal submission to NIH or similar extramural agency, recent research productivity, and the applicant’s history of extramural support will be primary factors considered by the Oversight Committee. The funding vested in these projects is substantial; significant outcomes are thus expected in terms of professional presentations, the submission of manuscripts for publication and the preparation of a competitive major extramural grant application.

An electronic copy in MS Word format should be submitted to Dr. Wheeler in the Office of Integrative Research in the Sciences by deadline indicated in the yearly application (typically February).

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