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IMCI Invites DAG and MAG Grant Applications

IMCI invites applications for two of our initiatives. Both initiatives support research that involves modeling from any field. Also note that we are hosting a Brown Bag Lunch discussion of DAGs specifically for researchers from CLASS and other colleges that may be unaware of the opportunities we offer – see details below. Anyone who wants to learn more about out Data Access Grants is welcome to attend.

Data Access Grants – DAGs

To enable researchers to generate preliminary data for research grant proposals, IMCI is awarding Data Access Grants (DAGs). These grants do not cover personnel; rather, they cover costs (generally <$4000) to generate needed data. Examples of services and items we will consider include DNA sequencing, ddPCR, cryo-EM, mass spectrometry, reagents for an experiment, data purchase, a pilot survey, or software. We will consider other requests in the range of a few thousand dollars with strong justification related to a specific modeling-based grant proposal. Any area of research that involves modeling will be considered. DAG deadlines will occur 4 times per year.  The next deadline is October 12th. Review the guidelines for information on how to apply. 

A Brown Bag Lunch discussing DAGs is scheduled for September 21st at 12:30 by Zoom

Modeling Access Grants – MAGs

IMCI supports individuals or groups preparing to submit grant proposals within the next year through the Modeling Access Grant (MAG) Program. MAGs do not provide funding but rather expertise in the modeling aspects of a grant proposal, including developing preliminary models for inclusion in the proposal. Any area of research that involves modeling will be considered. Applicants should consult IMCI Associate Director Marty Ytreberg prior to developing a MAG proposal to obtain advice on whether current Collaboratorium resources match the investigator’s needs. MAG proposals are short and will be accepted anytime during the year; the approval process can generally be completed within two weeks of receipt of the final proposal.

Pilot Grant Slides Available for Download

Pilot Grant Slides Available for Download

For future reference or if you weren’t able to attend the Brown Bag Lunch yesterday, here are the slides presented by IMCI Director Holly Wichman regarding our Pilot Grant program. Please remember, you are welcome to reach out to the leadership team directly and at any time if you have questions about whether your research fits within the goals and objectives of IMCI.

Download slides from the Information Session held on Oct. 22, 2020.

Request for White Papers

Download instructions in pdf form.

The Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation (IMCI) requests white papers outlining ideas for research projects related to our mission. IMCI fosters interdisciplinary research by bringing together modelers and empiricists to address problems across all disciplines and levels of organization.

First consideration of white papers will begin on February 15, 2020 and will be accepted until March 1, 2020. We anticipate supporting the following, contingent on the availability of funds:

Pilot Grants (up to four grants): Selected projects will be funded at up to $80K / yr for 1 -2 years. The white papers will be used to select projects to invite for full proposals.

Mini-Grants (as funds permit): Small grants will generally be funded in the range of $5K to $10K and are intended to support access to technology or other resources needed to promote specific IMCI projects. Applications to support the development of new research proposals are encouraged.

Eligibility criteria:

Pilot grants: Both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty of any rank are invited to apply. Members of the IMCI Admin Team and Internal Advisory Committee are not eligible.

  • One person must be designated as project director (PD). Up to two collaborators / co-investigators are permitted but co-PDs are not allowed. Non-UI personnel, including collaborators, cannot receive funds from these grants.
  • For half of the projects, preference will be given to early career, tenure-track faculty. For this white paper, these are faculty who have never obtained external support as PD/PI from either Federal or non-Federal sources and are within seven years of obtaining their PhD.
  • A subset of the funded Pilot Grants must be for NIH-fundable research. Use the keyword search feature of NIH Reporter ( to see if NIH has funded work similar to what you would propose.

Mini-Grants: Both tenure track and non-tenure track faculty of any rank are invited to apply.

Other criteria and future deadlines:

  • Proposals must be focused on modeling (e.g., mathematical, computational, statistical, molecular).
  • Ties to empirical data are strongly encouraged and empirical work that compliments the modeling can be included in the proposal.
  • A subset of PDs will be invited to write full proposals, due in April 2020. The anticipated start date is mid to late summer, 2020.


The application should consist of a single PDF emailed to IMCI Director Holly Wichman at with the subject line “IMCI WHITE PAPER” and include:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page). The cover letter must describe:
    • whether the proposal is for a Pilot Grant or a Mini-Grant;
    • the fit of the proposal to IMCI;
    • the fit of the proposal to NIH, if applicable;
    • the role of the PD and each collaborator on the project.
  • Project narrative (maximum 2 pages). The title, PD, and up to two collaborators should be clearly indicated at the top of the first page. No abstract is required. Font size should be 11-point or larger and margins should be 1”. The narrative should include the central hypothesis, overarching goal, specific aims, context, significance, and an overview of the planned approach. Use of figures is encouraged.
  • Bibliography/references (maximum 1 page). The white paper may include up to 10 full citations.
  • University of Idaho formatted CVs for the PD and collaborators.
  • No budget is required for Pilot Grants at this time. Mini-grant proposals should include the amount requested and a brief budget justification as part of the 2 page project narrative.

Learn Pivot for Your Funding Search

Research and Faculty Development will present an introduction to Pivot training from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in IRIC 105. Pivot is a searchable database of funding opportunities, calls for papers and researcher profiles. Pivot provides information from federal and local governments, private foundations and public organizations for a variety of activities, including research and travel, in all academic disciplines. Participants will learn how to create and customize their profile and how to conduct, track and save a funding search. The session is also available via Zoom.

Proposal Writing Seminar Sept 27

Research and Faculty Development (RFD) will host a training seminar designed to enhance skills that lead to successful proposals. In this session, Carly Cummings, director of RFD, will share tips and guidance for writing competitive proposals across all disciplines. The seminar is appropriate for faculty of all career stages. The session is from 2:30-4 p.m. Pacific time Thursday, Sept. 27, in IRIC 305, Moscow. Participants may also join via Zoom. To ensure seating availability, please register so we can plan accordingly. For more information visit their website.