The Technology Access Grant program (TAG) enables faculty investigators to conduct pilot experiments or exploratory studies using the technologies and technical support of the IBEST Genomics Resources Core, Computational Resources Core, and Optical Imaging Core. Due to recent cuts in the COBRE budget, the TAG program previously funded by the IBEST COBRE and Idaho INBRE Program has been superseded by a new offering – the IBEST TAGs.  The IBEST TAGs essentially follow the model of the earlier TAG program, except that the emphasis is now focused solely on proposals that address evolution related topics.  The IBEST TAGs are intended to help faculty investigators produce preliminary data or proof-of-concept data needed for competitive external proposals. All University faculty (tenure and non-tenure track) are eligible and the PI must be a faculty member.

Proposals will be accepted at anytime during the year, and the review process is simple and expedient. The amount of each award will depend on the resources to be used, but will typically range from $5,000 to $10,000. All awards are contingent upon the availability of grant monies.

Applicants are expected to consult with the appropriate IBEST Core facility directors prior to submitting their proposals to obtain advice on experimental design, sample preparation (when appropriate), specific information on the cost of analytical or computational services, and data analysis services. The investigator will determine the services required with advice from the core director, but the core director alone will determine the costs of these services in compliance with University of Idaho policy.


1.   A cover letter (max. 2 page) that contains:

a)  A brief statement as to how the proposed research is related to human health and is consistent with the ‘real time evolution’ theme of IBEST,

b)  A specific plan for preparing research proposal(s) to secure extramural funding from NIH or other federal agencies and related to the Technology Access Grant request; and

c)   A statement that explains how the investigator will comply with the necessary university and NIH regulations concerning research on Human Subjects, Animal Care and Use, or recombinant or infectious biological agents (if appropriate),

d)  If you have previously been awarded an IBEST Technology Access Grant, a concise statement describing how that grant led to the submission of extramural grant proposals.

2.   Proposals submitted to the Technology Access Grant Program should be no more than three pages in length (not counting budget), and include descriptions of the following: Background and significance of the proposed research, Experimental design, analytical or computational services, and data analysis services that are needed.

3.   The proposal must contain a budget limited to $10,000 that includes a description of the specific services to be obtained.   Budgets must include official quotes generated by the core facility director.  Only costs incurred by the Core Facilities may be included. All other costs (i.e., sample collection and DNA or RNA extraction and purification) are to be borne solely by the investigator.

4.   Proposals should be submitted via email as a single .pdf file to 

5.   Proposed work must be completed within the same fiscal year (Feb to Jan) of the accepted proposal.

6.   IBEST requires all recipients of a Technology Access Grant to cite this support in publications that emanate from this funding. For reporting purposes, IBEST will also require information about all publications, presentations, and grant submissions that result from this funding.

7.   Within one year of the award applicants must submit a brief final report (1-2 pages) that describes their research findings and what external proposals they have submitted or plan to submit.

Important Notes:

a)  If the proposed research involves Human Subjects or Vertebrate Animals, or recombinant or infectious biological agents, the investigator must comply with NIH guidelines as outlined in “PHS 398 Instructions - 6/2009 Revision” (see NIH website shown above) and confirm compliance in the cover letter. For details on how to comply at the University of Idaho, see the Office of Research Assurances website.

b)  (b) Investigators must comply with all assurances and certifications listed on pages I-32 and I-33 of the PHS 398 Instructions. Please also state your compliance in the cover letter.


The IBEST Steering Committee will evaluate each proposal in terms of scientific merit and the potential to form the basis of a competitive proposal for extramural funding.

Ranking will be based on (in descending order of importance): (i) potential to lead to new extramural funding from NIH or federal agencies or foundations, (ii) scientific merit, (iii) likelihood of publication, and (iv) likelihood of future core facility usage.

Preference will be given to junior investigators who are developing their research program and established individuals who wish to extend their research program into a new area. 

If these directions are not followed, your application will be returned without refute.