The first round of GEM pilot grants was completed in May 2016. The funds will support up to one year of research, and GEM will also fund an external reviewer for each grant to help further develop proposals for larger grant awards.
Advances in genomics, including research on the microbiome and the interplay of the environment, promise significant changes in healthcare and medicine, and our collective conceptualization of what it means to be “human.” Precision medicine, based in genomics, will increasingly become a focus area in the United States in the coming years. However, healthcare practitioners still identify as not having obtained a working knowledge of genetics and genomics that facilitates genetic-based health services.
Additionally, the public lacks a comprehensive understanding of genetic and genomic testing—from ethical considerations, to information protection, to interpreting the results. Similarly, many people remain largely unaware of the implications of maintaining a healthy microbiome or the impact of antibiotic resistance.
The UB Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM) seeks proposals from UB faculty who are interested in developing innovative ways of educating and engaging UB students and the community about topics related to the genome and the microbiome.
Proposals should promote GEM’s vision of advancing our understanding of the genome, the microbiome and their interactions with the environment, and to use this knowledge to benefit humanity in a just, broad-based, and responsible manner.
Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Proposals should incorporate measurable impact goals – example, public genomic health literacy (short- or long-term), shift in attitude and/or an increased understanding of genomics or microbiomics at any level. All proposals should clearly demonstrate a benefit to the University, through a potential for increased revenue or opportunities for UB students.
Activities that funds will support include, but are not limited to:
Funding resources available: Around $5,000 per project (exceptions may be given), and funding available for up to 5 projects. Projects must be completed during the 2017-2018 academic year, with an interim and final report submitted to GEM.
Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm, August 15, 2017
Applications, single spaced, using 11 point font (Arial or Times New Roman), and 0.5-inch margins must include:
Page 1 – Title page including Project Title, names/degrees and institutional affiliation of all project investigators, and a 100 word abstract.
Pages 2-page – Project Description to include:
a) Overall goal and specific aims, ~ ½ page.
c) Approach including design and description of methods to be used, ~ 1 pages.
d) Anticipated results and impact on education and/or community engagement, ~ ½ page.
References: Not included in the page limit.
It is strongly recommended that you engage with available GEM staff in the development of your ideas, where appropriate. GEM resources are available for the development and coordination of your ideas:
- GEM Director of Outreach Activities
Bridget Brace-MacDonald firstname.lastname@example.org
- GEM Science Education Director
Dr. Sandra Small email@example.com