Instructions for New Incubator Award Applications


These are instructions for New Proposals. If you are submitting a Renewal Application, please consult the Renewal instructions.

Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2017.  Letters of Intent are required for all new proposals.

The letter of intent is limited to one page, is non-binding, and should provide an overview of the questions you intend to address, an indication of the significance of what you will learn and an overview of your interdisciplinary research working group and why those co-investigators are necessary and what expertise they provide to the project. The letter of intent is to help DIBS organize review committees, so feedback will not be provided.  Please email a PDF version of the letter to Dr. Allen Song, Inquiries about the suitability of a project for the DIBS incubator awards may also be sent directly to Dr. Song.

Full proposals should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017.

Awards will be announced mid-June 2017.

In order to apply, you will need to submit three separate PDFs, as specified below. To submit your application, email all three PDFs to do not send partial applications, all files must be sent together.

The Application File:

Please use the Proposal Form for all pages of this file.

The Biosketches File:

This file should contain the following:

  • Biographical sketches for each working group member. Please use NIH biosketch forms. Leave the eRA COMMONS USER NAME field blank. Instructions for this form can be found on the Sample biosketch form.

The Budget File:

This file should contain the following:

  • A one-page detailed budget projecting the first year of spending. Please use the DIBS Incubator Award Budget Form. Please note that the award cannot be used for faculty salary support, but can be used for staff salary and/or student stipends. The budget Justification is required ONLY for equipment requests.

Only submit the application once it is complete. Any questions should be addressed to DIBS' interim director, Dr. Allen Song at

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