Catalyst Research Program
Note: This program has been temporarily suspended due to lack of funding.
One year grants will be awarded by the CGB.
These awards will be renewable competitively
for a second year if tangible progress is
made in the form of viable extramural funding
applications, publications, or patent applications.
We plan two levels of support:
Small grants of up to $10,000 to fund individual
investigators who need support for pilot projects
in functional genomics and bioinformatics.
Collaborative/programmatic grants of up to
$50,000 to foster multi-institutional and
multi-departmental research projects in functional
genomics and bioinformatics. We will accept
and review all applications but will stress
that a key in evaluating suitability will
be the involvement of members from two or
more departments, groups, campuses, or institutions.
The purpose is to pave the way for larger
programmatic applications such as the Tennessee
Mouse Genome Consortium that was initially
fostered by this level of funding.
The goals of this program would be to catalyze
investigators and groups to apply and adapt
the new tools of functional genomics in their
own research programs.
Grant Application Assistance
We will support the services of a group of
highly qualified individuals with different
expertise to help UT faculty write the best
and most fundable grant applications possible.
This type of third person, professional help
can be immensely valuable. Such help was of
great assistance in the preparation of our
ultimately successful applications for a Vision
Center from the National Eye Institute and
our Neuromutagenesis grant from the National
Institute of Mental Health.