The next available Research Project Investigator award period will begin November 1, 2021 with an application deadline of August 13, 2021.  Details on how to apply will be available in April, 2021.


The NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for competitive biomedical and behavioral research by enhancing the research capabilities of institutions in eligible states. The IDeA Program aims to achieve this goal through 3 major initiatives: (1) the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), (2) the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), and (3) the IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Program (IDeA-CTR).

The Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) Research Project Investigator (RPI) award program fosters and develops the most innovative research that will lead to nationally funded programs through resource sharing, faculty collaboration and mentoring. The RPI program supports research designed to generate preliminary data that enhances the competitiveness of the OUHSC/OMRF and PUI investigators for future extramural funding. The projects must align with one of the biomedical research themes of the OK-INBRE program: Cancer, Developmental Biology or Infectious Diseases. Mentoring committees are used to ensure that all RPI investigators are aware of other eligible state, institutional, or philanthropic resources to generate funds beyond OK-INBRE funding to sustain their overall research programs. Additionally, mentors help faculty navigate and overcome obstacles, as well as develop their research and prepare grant applications and publication submissions.


 Application Due Date:  August 13, 2021 at 5:00pm

Peer Review Date:  September/October, 2021

Earliest Anticipated Start Date:  November 1, 2021



University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC)

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)

University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)

Northeastern State University (NSU)

Southeastern State University (SE)

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU)

Cameron University (CU)

Langston University (LU)


 OK-INBRE expects to fund at least eight proposals, four from the Research Intensive Institutions (OUHSC/OMRF) and four from the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) in the OK-INBRE network (listed above).Funding is anticipated to be $100,000 in direct costs per year per award plus applicable F&A. Awards are expected to run 2.5 years in duration with the understanding that awardees can compete for an additional 2.5 years of continued support, if eligible, pending continued NIH support for the OK-INBRE program.

Applicants may submit more than one application, provided each application is scientifically distinct. Only one application will be funded per applicant.