IMCI supports groups preparing to submit grant proposals within the next year through the Modeling Access Grant (MAG) Program. MAGs are the bridge between a great idea and an actual project. They do not provide funding but rather provide expertise in writing the modeling aspects of a grant proposal, including developing preliminary models for inclusion in the proposal.
The Modeling Access Grant Program program is intended for faculty with modeling needs outside of their own area of expertise who would like to develop a modeling component to a research project and who intend to submit a proposal within the next year. The objective is to substantially strengthen the research by adding a modeling component. The access grant will provide dedicated time with Collaboratorium personnel for developing models, preparing the modeling aspects of a grant proposal, and potentially write a manuscript. MAGs are expected to be completed within a predetermined amount of time but they often grow into other projects.
Applicants are expected to consult with the IMCI Associate Director Marty Ytreberg prior to developing a proposal to obtain advice on whether current Collaboratorium resources match the investigator’s needs. Proposals will be accepted anytime during the year, and the review process is simplified and expedited as described below.
Currently, IMCI is sponsoring the following Modeling Access Grants:
- DNA and protein modeling for P/asmodium falciparum dhfr and dhps sequences derived from an existing study in Kenya (Luckhart, 2019)
- Exploring Glycosylation Dependence on the Bacterial Affinity of the Mucin7 Repeat Peptide Sequence with Modeled and Synthesized Carbon-Linked Amino Acid Conjugates (Waynant, 2019)
- The Rapid Evolution of Primate Haptoglobin and the Molecular Modeling of its Interaction with the Trypanosome Hemoglobin-Haptoglobin Receptor (Rowley, 2019)
Modeling Access Grants that have been awarded in the past are listed here.
If you would you would like to be considered for a Modeling Access Grant, please submit a cover letter and proposal via email to IMCI@uidaho.edu, as per these instructions.