INBRE: IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence

Alabama institutions are NOT currently eligible to receive INBRE grants.

The INBRE program began in 2001 and enhances biomedical research capacity, expands and strengthens the research capabilities of biomedical faculty, and provides access to biomedical resources for promising undergraduate students throughout eligible states. The INBRE program represents a collaborative effort to sponsor research between research intensive institutions and institutes, primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and minority serving institutions.

The purpose of the INBRE program is to:

  • Enhance the research capacity of institutions through collaborative partnerships, develop areas of potential research, enhance staff development, and provide access to research resources, so they can participate more fully in the competition for NIH awards.
  • Provide hands-on research experiences, mentoring and career development activities for participating students at primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and minority serving institutions and serve as a pipeline to health research centers.

Primarily undergraduate institutions are defined as U.S. two-year, four-year, masters-level, and small doctoral colleges and universities that:

  1. Grand baccalaureate degrees in NIH-supported fields or provide programs of instruction for students pursuing such degrees with institutional transfers (e.g. two-year schools).
  2. Have undergraduate enrollment exceeding graduate enrollment.
  3. Award an average of no more than 10 Ph.D. or D.Sc. degrees per year in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Each INBRE grantee establishes a multidisciplinary research network with a scientific focus that will:

  1. Build and strengthen the lead and partner institutions’ biomedical research expertise and infrastructure
  2. Build and increase the research base and capacity by providing research support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students at the participating institutions
  3. Provide research opportunities for undergraduate students and serve as a “pipeline” for undergraduate students to continue in health research careers within IDeA states
  4. Provide outreach activities to students at undergraduate institutions, community colleges and tribal colleges participating in the state’s network
  5. Enhance the science and technology of the state’s workforce

INBRE Network Characteristics and Award Budget

The INBRE grants are made to independent biomedical research institutes and/or biomedical research institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health sciences or sciences related to health within IDeA-eligible states.  Only ONE award is made per state and only one application can be submitted per state.  The application must include a scientific focus in one or more thematic areas, such as neuroscience, cancer, genomics, proteomics, developmental biology, or any of the biomedical and behavioral scientific areas relevant to the mission of NIH.

The INBRE program represents a collaborative statewide effort to sponsor research between research intensive institutions and institutes, primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and minority service institutions. An INBRE scientific network must include:

  • A doctoral degree-granting institution or research institute as the applicant institution in the eligible IDeA states and ideally six to eight baccalaureates, master’s level degree-granting institutions and community colleges or minority serving institutions participating in the thematic research activity.
  • One or two additional biomedical research-intensive institutions may participate in the network and share in the portion of the budget dedicated to the lead institution.
  • New undergraduate institutions that have not been a part of the network previously but contribute to the thematic research effort may be included, if appropriate, in the proposed scientific network.
  • The states that elect to do so, or states that do not have appropriate eligible undergraduate/graduate institutions with focus on the scientific area relevant to the thematic focus proposed in the application may include partner institutions from other IDeA states: in that case, the IDeA funds may be transferred to the partner institution in another IDeA state via subcontract.

It is the responsibility of INBRE leadership to define an effective statewide partnership and collaboration. The network is to include undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate science department faculty, and faculty and students from community colleges and minority-serving institutions. Special efforts must be undertaken to enhance the recruitment and career development of participating students, fellows, and faculty.

Direct costs are limited to $2.5 million per year, excluding facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on consortium arrangements.  In addition, the INBRE program will provide one-time funds of up to $250,000 in direct costs in the first year of award for alteration and renovation to improve existing core laboratories, research laboratories and/or animal facilities at the primarily undergraduate institutions, community colleges, and minority-serving institutions. Regardless of whether allegation and renovation costs are requested, budget requests for years two through five cannot exceed $2.5 million per year in direct costs, excluding F&A costs on consortium arrangements.

Additional information about the INBRE program can be found here.