The Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) plans to make available up to $40,000 from our annual budget to provide seed funding for up to four faculty members, especially the junior faculty, to collect preliminary data needed to compete for external funding.  To promote interdisciplinary collaborations, both on campus and off, each proposal must identify a PI and a co-PI from different departments or organizations.


You are invited to submit a two page (maximum) white paper to Dr. Hu Yang ( by May 31, every year.  The two page limit does not include references, budgets, and budget justifications; matching funds are encouraged, but not required. Minimum font size is 10.


The proposal should contain the following components:


  1. Brief Introduction to address the importance/novelty of the study and the need for seed funding
  2. Proposed study, including objectives and approaches, goals, and expected outcomes
  3. The contributions from the PI and co-PI, and the goals of the desired collaboration
  4. Specific plans to use the data collected to garner external sponsorships to continue the research
  5. Other information you think is necessary
  6. On a separate page, please provide a budget and budget justification statement


How to Submit a Proposal