The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Proposals Requested for J. Lloyd Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grants 2016

The Huck Institutes is now accepting research proposals from students for the 2016 Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants. The Huck GRI Grants succeed the 2015 Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants and 2014 Huck Institutes Graduate Enrichment Awards.

About the grants

The 2016 Huck GRI Grants will recognize graduate students who demonstrate outstanding ability to conceive and cogently propose important experiments of their own design to augment their thesis research. The proposal and the experiments must represent the student’s own creative synthesis and may not be part of any other grant proposals written by the applicant, his/her thesis advisor, or any collaborators. Grantees will each receive $5,000 from the Huck Institutes to be used toward the proposed experiments.


Doctoral students who have passed the candidacy exam and are nearing the end of the 2nd or 3rd year in a Huck affiliated graduate program (i.e., who entered the program in either Fall 2013 or Fall 2014) are eligible to apply, and should have already received – via email – the proposal guidelines and Instructions on January 20, 2016. Previous recipients of Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants are ineligible to apply.

Proposal requirements

Proposals are due not later than 5pm March 31, 2016, and must be emailed to Dr. Pamela Mitchell (, Associate Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Each applicant must also submit a Declaration of Original Authorship form co-signed with his/her advisor; the original signed form may be sent via campus mail or brought directly to Dr. Mitchell in 105 Life Sciences Building, or a PDF copy may be emailed to Dr. Mitchell. Proposals submitted after the deadline or found to be otherwise non-compliant with the requirements will be returned without further review.

Evaluations and selection

Proposals will be evaluated and scored by multiple Huck faculty with relevant expertise; advisors of current applicants are ineligible to serve as evaluators.  In 2015, the top 11 of 36 proposals received for Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants were funded, and we anticipate funding a similar number of Huck GRI Grants in 2016. Grantees will be notified by July 1st, 2016, and funds will be made available within one week following the announcement. All funds must be spent within 18 months and are not transferable to other institutions; however, requests to extend funding beyond 18 months may be made in writing and will be judged on a case-by-case basis.