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COBRE grants, key elements

The objectives of COBRE funding are to augment and strengthen an institution's biomedical research capacity and to develop a multidisciplinary research center with a thematic science focus. COBRE grants also enable an institution to develop resources needed to conduct state-of-the-art biomedical research, with the ultimate goal of preparing investigators to compete successfully for additional NIH research grants.

Principal Investigator Criteria:

  • an established NIH-funded biomedical researcher;
  • an active research laboratory;
  • relevant peer-reviewed, funded research;
  • institutional commitment;
  • commitment to mentor junior investigators who will propose and conduct pilot research projects.

Junior Faculty Projects:

  • must be thematic and focus strongly on basic and/or clinical research;
  • may include cellular and molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology, genetics and developmental biology, pharmacology and other fields of biomedical research.

Grants should support investigators from several different disciplines.

Who is eligible to compete for a COBRE grant?

In Kansas, investigators from the four graduate degree-granting universities - the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas State University and Wichita State University - can compete for COBRE grants. Each institution is eligible to hold three COBRE grants.