Funding Opportunities & Awards*

Community Based Research Scholars

Support for an undergraduate community-based researcher during the summer semester providing research experiences relevant to the student and their communities in their home state. This opportunity is relevant to American Indian students who either want or need to be home during the summer months, and have a strong desire to work on a mentored research project and conduct community-based research. It is anticipated that this competitive award will fund one K-INBRE scholar this year.

Data Science Scholars

Data science is an important research discipline and central to the K-INBRE mission. The Data Science Scholar program is designed to help train undergraduates in bioinformatics and computational biology research. The K-INBRE takes a broad view of data science and scholars can propose any project that involves the analysis of complex biological data and connects to the K-INBRE theme of molecular, cell and developmental biology. Students from all K-INBRE campuses are welcome to apply and can be mentored by any faculty with a history of data science-based research. If appropriate, scholars can be co-mentored by a member of the K-INBRE Data ScienceCore ( Students from the PUI partner schools are particularly encouraged to take advantage of Data Science Core members and computational infrastructure support available at KSU, KU, and KUMC. This competitive award can fund up to two Data Science Scholars, and will provide the opportunity for an array of mentored research experiences and the ability to present research at the annual K-INBRE Symposium.

Entrepreneurial Scholar

Support is provided for undergraduate students interested in Entrepreneurial research opportunities. This program has been developed in collaboration with the KUMC Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI), which brings together philanthropy, industry and universities to collaborate in advancing university innovations in life sciences. IAMI identifies and partners high potential academic projects with industry-experienced leadership to enhance the yield of commercial products that benefit patients. This competitive award can fund up to two scholars.

Star Trainees

The K-INBRE “Star Trainee Program” is designed to identify outstanding prospective biomedical researchers during their junior year in college, and provide financial support during the senior year. This capstone program will support students with extensive research experience (minimum of 3 semesters of research experience). Star Trainees are expected to present their research (poster or oral presentation) at the annual K-INBRE Symposium.

Summer/Semester Scholars

Support for undergraduate researchers during summer, spring or fall semesters is provided by these awards. All campuses are eligible to compete for the awards, which can be used for student compensation and/or laboratory research project supplies.

Translational Research Scholars

Support for undergraduate students interested in clinical and translational research opportunities. This program is designed for students to experience clinical and translational research at the K-INBRE and Frontier CTSA institutions. These scholars will participate in numerous training experiences associated with the K-INBRE including online seminar series, research presentations associated with K-INBRE Partnership Pair awardees and Frontiers CTSA, institutional research days on each of their respective campuses, as well as participating in the annual K-INBRE Symposium.

*All funding opportunities are contingent on future awards from the NIH.