VBRN Core Facility Access Program

Vermont Biomedical Research Network’s 2021-2022 Core Facility Access Program

The goal of this program is to provide faculty at VBRN baccalaureate partner institutions* (BPIs) subsidized access to the UVM Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Core Facilities and/or another non-VBRN core facility to produce pilot scale data in support of grant proposals, publications, and on-going research studies. This award funds sample processing and/or data analysis specifically. Each BPI has access to $7,500 per year pending availability of funds.

Note, these funds are not for use of the VBRN Research Cores (Proteomics or Bioinformatics). VBRN will subsidize VBRN Proteomics and VBRN Bioinformatics fees for BPI faculty.

* BPIs: Castleton University, Middlebury College, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Norwich University, and Saint Michael’s College

Core Facilities

UVM Biomedical Statistics Research Core (https://www.uvm.edu/biostatistics)

UVM Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting (FCCS) Facility (http://www.med.uvm.edu/flowcytometry/home)

UVM Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) (https://www.uvm.edu/research/imf)

UVM Mass Spectrometry Core Laboratory (http://www.uvm.edu/~massspec/, for small molecule discovery and metabolomics)

UVM Microscopy Imaging Center (http://med.uvm.edu/mic/services)

UVM MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging (http://www.med.uvm.edu/mricenter/home)

Vermont Integrative Genomics Resource (VIGR, http://www.med.uvm.edu/vigr/home)

Other core facilities or providers are permitted if services are not available at UVM.

Important dates

Application deadlines: Contact your BPI Coordinator about whether your institution has a deadline(s) for this award

Application Open: July 1, 2021

Application Close:  April 1, 2022

Award duration: one year maximum

Award End: May 31, 2022 (invoices paid to service provider for services received)

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Faculty members who are full-time, tenure-track at a VBRN Baccalaureate Partner Institution (BPI) are eligible to apply. Non-tenure-track faculty may also apply if a tenure-track investigator at a VBRN BPI is included as a co-PI on the application.
  • Research must be in human health and behavior broadly defined.
  • Applications are limited to one per investigator per yearly funding cycle.
  • A design meeting with core facility personnel and quote for services is required prior to submitting an application.
  • If services needed for your research are not available from the LCOM Core Facilities listed, please indicate your sample type and an alternative facility or service center in your application. Priority will be given to faculty utilizing UVM LCOM Core Facilities.
  • Priority will be given to faculty (PIs and Co-PIs) without existing internal seed grants.
  • Priority will be given to projects involving undergraduate researchers.
  • Award funds may be used for services provided by core facilities/service providers only. Any other expenses required for the proposed project must be supported by other funding sources.
  • Individual awards will not exceed $7,500. Note, this maximum may differ at each BPI. Contact your BPI Coordinator for more information.
  • If funds are not spent by the award end date they may not carry forward into the next fiscal year. Faculty may reapply during the next application cycle.

Submission of a progress report to your BPI Coordinator at the end of the funding period is required. This report must include a brief discussion of the results of the proposed work and how these results will be used in an upcoming grant application, publication, and/or research project. Reports are due to your BPI Coordinator by June 15, 2022.

Other Terms and Conditions

  • Funds will not be released until any necessary compliance-related approvals, such as IRB/IACUC/IBC, have been achieved.
  • Sample/data submission at the facility/service provider must be initiated within 60 days from the award start date. Failure to do so will result in termination of the award and the funds will be allocated for use towards subsequent voucher programs.
  • The non-transferrable funds expire and must be used by May 31, 2022 such that no carryover of funds will be permitted.
  • The VBRN and the Core Facility Access Award must be acknowledged in any resulting publications, including press and data releases. The following language is suggested: “Research reported in this (publication, release) was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103449. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIGMS or NIH.”
  • The PI must provide an appropriate citation for any publication(s) resulting from this award which will be posted on VBRN and Core Facility websites.

Application Process

  1. Contact the Core Facility to schedule a design meeting and to obtain an official quote. Both are required before completing your application submission.
  2. Eligible faculty (based on the criteria defined above), complete the VBRN’s Core Facility Access Program Application using the webform link below.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by VBRN Administration and the applicant’s BPI Coordinator based on NIH review criteria with input on technical merit by VBRN Core personnel. Reviewers will provide an overall impact/priority score based on NIH’s 9-point rating scale (1 = exceptional; 9 = poor). Review criteria include: the likelihood for the project to make an important scientific contribution to the research field(s) involved, to provide research opportunities to students, and to strengthen the research environment of the institution. Proposals selected for the voucher program will be announced following the review period.