Letter of Intent: Montana INBRE 2023-2024 Faculty RFPs

Deadline: October 31st, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

Issue Date: Monday, September 19, 2022
Letters of Intent Due

  • If you want your weekend free, submit by Friday, October 28, 2022
  • If you want to work over the weekend or on Halloween, submit by Monday, October 31, 2021 (morning)

Letters of Intent Overview

Montana INBRE is requesting letters of intent in advance of its annual Faculty Research and Student-Focused Faculty Research RFPs. Letters of intent are required for any proposal involving collaborations between multiple institutions and/or significant community engagement aspects. For all other project types, LOIs are highly encouraged, but not necessarily required prior to submitting a proposal for Montana INBRE funding.  Signaling intent allows Montana INBRE staff to plan follow-up meetings, identify and contact appropriate proposal reviewers in advance, and estimate the upcoming workload for reviewers and staff. 

Letters are due no later than Friday, October 28, 2022.


Faculty in the biomedical, social/behavioral, economic, agriculture, and engineering sciences may apply for Montana INBRE Funding. Most successful applicants will not have independently funded programs and priority is given to new, junior, and/or early-stage investigators. Interdisciplinary research proposals directed by multiple Project Leaders can include established investigators; however, new/junior investigators should have a leading role in any project.

Funding and Priority Areas

Montana INBRE funding areas include environmental health, public health, infectious diseases, rural and/or Native American health disparities, and food security/sovereignty. Montana INBRE strives to develop a diversified research portfolio that spans bench science, social science, and community engagement spheres and seeks to include every academic institution in the Montana INBRE network. Within these general areas, proposals must address at least one of Montana INBRE’s research priority areas:

  • Social and behavioral aspects of rural and/or Native American health                          
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Public Health                                     
  • Environmental health                            
  • Access to healthy food

Projects can be developed within a single discipline (e.g., social sciences), but collaborative projects between biomedical and social and behavioral health investigators are also possible and encouraged. Student involvement in research is important and strongly encouraged. Projects should have a high likelihood of leading to independent funding.

Letters of Intent Should Include

Letters of Intent should briefly explain the proposed research and discuss the ways in which Montana INBRE / IDeA Cores have been consulted and are collaborating in the development of the proposed research.            

Prior to submitting a letter of intent, prospective and returning investigators should briefly consult with appropriate Montana INBRE Core staff and/or facility managers in the development of their research proposal. Investigators are  strongly encouraged to take advantage of research resources available through the Montana INBRE Cores and Programs. Core/Facility names and contacts for these resources include:                                      

If human subjects are involved in the proposed research, applicants should consult with the IRB of record (at their own institutions or the institution to which protocols are deferred) regarding application requirements and due dates. The IRB of record in collaborative research between MSU investigators and researchers at partner intuitions is generally the IRB at the partner institution, though MSU investigators must submit the protocol to MSU’s IRB for review as well. For guidance, contact:       

Pre-Proposal Checklist

☐ Discuss project idea(s) with Montana INBRE PI, PC, DRPP Director
☐ Discuss proposal with appropriate/relevant INBRE Core(s), Programs and/or Facilities
☐ Begin seeking IRB and/or IACUC approval (if applicable)
☐ Begin seeking letters of support for your project
☐ Submit Letter of Intent by October 28, 2022


Complete RFP Details