The Brotman Baty Institute (BBI) aims to foster a community of investigators across the three founding institutions (UW, FHCRC, Seattle Children’s) to advance basic science and translational research with clear relevance to precision medicine.

ELIGIBILITY

All PIs listed on a BBI grant application must be BBI Members. In addition, any funding requested under a BBI grant must go to a BBI member lab or budget number. Trainees are not required to be members. If you would like to verify that your collaborator or PI is a BBI member, or if you would like to request they are invited to become a BBI member, please contact Stephanie Balcaitis at steph30@uw.edu.

PIs may be awarded funds once every other year. As a result, PIs awarded funds in 2020 may be collaborators this year, but cannot receive funding. However, PIs who were collaborators in 2020, but who did not receive funding, are eligible for funds in 2021.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application Opens: August 15, 2021

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Applicants Notified of Award: January 3, 2022

We have consolidated the process into one application for two categories of awards (Catalytic Collaborations and Precision Medicine Clinical Labs) and are offering two funding levels (faculty award and trainee award) within each category of awards. Trainees are not required to be BBI members.

Catalytic Collaborations: The BBI Catalytic Collaborations Pilot Grant program is investing in innovative, collaborative projects that address basic science or translational research questions related to precision medicine, with special consideration for proposals from junior investigators and proposals that emphasize new or ongoing collaborations involving investigators from at least two of the co-founding institutions.

Examples of project topics that are within scope include, but are not limited to:

    • Basic science studies that advance our understanding of individual differences in disease risk or therapeutic response
    • Assay development for discovery of novel therapeutic targets or precision therapies
    • Biomarker studies (e.g. for disease development, progression or treatment response)
    • Development and validation of predictive models for complex diseases

 

Precision Medicine Clinical Labs: Grants from this program will provide support for developing and implementing new technologies in BBI-affiliated clinical diagnostic labs, and to foster trainee education.

This program aims to fund innovative and collaborative diagnostic technology development and validation proposals with clear aims and outcomes to propel the field in the near term, and to foster development of trainees interested in careers in clinical diagnostics for precision medicine. Focus is on support for clinical implementation of new diagnostic technologies within member labs. Favorable scoring will be given to faculty pilot projects that articulate a clear plan to develop, validate, and implement a diagnostic technology in clinical practice within two years. While all grants must be in partnership with a clinical lab affiliated with a faculty member, researchers with ideas for new diagnostic technologies are encouraged to collaborate with faculty affiliated with clinical labs at UW, Seattle Children’s, and FHCRC. Applications may include funds for conference travel, publication costs, and educational programs.

Funding: These are one-year, direct cost awards intended to catalyze new collaborations and
generate data that will facilitate follow-on funding from the NIH or other entities. Funds for F&A
are not supported.

For Faculty awards: The maximum cost per project is $150,000 for a one-year period,
although smaller requests may be more likely to be funded. Favorable scoring will be given
to trainee pilot awards that have a well-defined training and mentoring plan and career
goals.

For Trainee awards: The maximum cost per project is $50,000 for a one-year period,
although smaller requests may be more likely to be funded. Favorable scoring will be given
to trainee pilot awards that have a well-defined training and mentoring plan and career
goals. Trainees are not required to be members.

The BBI will fund a maximum of $1.5M for this program, contingent on the number and quality of
proposals received.

For more information or to access the application, please contact Stephanie Balcaitis at steph30@uw.edu.