KBRIN Developmental Research Core

The Development Research Core provides an array of support programs to develop competitive biomedical research faculty in Kentucky’s Colleges and Universities eligible for NIH R15 funding (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/area.htm ).  The primary assumption underlying this program is that each Kentucky institution needs a critical mass of independent biomedical researchers as faculty (who publish on a regular basis and are competitive for NIH grant programs) in order to provide the highest quality biomedical research training  to undergraduate students.

graph showing growth of the number of awards since KBRIN inceptionSince its inception, this core has been progressively more successful in developing junior investigators to be competitive for NIH R15 funding, and equally important, in assisting successful R15 investigators maintain their funding beyond their first R15 award. Indeed, six PIs in the state are now working on their second, and in two cases, their third R15 award. Overall, Kentucky has received 48 R15 awards since 2002 with 32 R15s awarded to faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions. This progress in developing a critical mass of independent investigators has allowed the PUIs to provide state-of-the-art training and research opportunities for students, which has resulted in an increase in the number of students pursuing biomedical research careers and a better trained workforce.

To continue to increase biomedical research capacity in Kentucky, the KBRIN offers competitive support programs to recruit new researchers to Kentucky institutions (Start-Up Awards, Distinguished New Investigator Awards), assist existing faculty develop competitive research programs (Investigator Development Awards), to train the next generation of research faculty (Post-Doctoral Awards), and assist successful researchers maintain their independent NIH funding (Bridge Awards).

Eligibility requirements, guidelines, and application procedures for each of these programs are described at the links below:

Funding Opportunity Guidelines