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Arkansas Biosciences Institute

ABI will become internationally recognized as a leader in health and life sciences research. Its multifaceted programs will strengthen Arkansas through science-based economic development including research, education, and technology.

A Leader in Health Sciences Research

By working on joint and related research initiatives, the five member organizations created a large community of scientists and researchers who can better compete for external grant awards from federal sources and national foundations, increase the number of scientists and staff supported by extramural funding, share resources (equipment and expertise), attract other scientists to Arkansas, and encourage science-based economic development in the state.

ABI Summer Internship Program

ABI is sponsoring the ABI Summer Internship this summer. This program is to provide basic support for Arkansas State University undergraduate students to enhance their academic experience by providing them with opportunities to participate in hands-on research and creative work with faculty and staff - in the sciences, engineering, professional programs, arts, humanities or the social sciences (not limited to the sciences). Interns will be required to present on their experiences and findings of this project in early Fall to the A-State community.

The application and mentor list can be downloaded below. All qualifying students are encouraged to apply. We have provided a brief summary from each faculty participating as a mentor in this program.

The amount of each internship is $2,500*, for which each student will be required to work twenty (20) hours per week for ten (10) weeks. Application deadline is . Interns will be able to start as early as May 9.

Minimum Qualifications

♦ Must have completed at least 30 credit hours as of May 15 but will not complete an undergraduate degree prior to December 2022 at Arkansas State University.

♦ Selection criteria will be based upon academic credentials and the compatibility of student and mentor research interests.

Applicant Process:

1. Ensure the minimum qualifications are met prior to application

2. Review and select mentor/research interests from attached summaries

3. Complete application packet requirements

4. Contact possible mentor to schedule an interview

5. If a mentor recommends you, please ensure the entire application packet is submitted to hopep@astate.edu or ABI 101 prior to the deadline (April 12). A limit of one applicant submission per mentor.

We have the following timeline:

· Accepting students applications: March 23– April 12

· Notify students and mentors: no later than April 20

· Students may start as early as May 9


List of Mentors and Programs

Student Application Form


ABI Request for Proposals

The A-State Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) is soliciting proposals from A-State faculty (applicants must be current tenured, tenure-track, or affiliated (as approved by Graduate Council) faculty on the Jonesboro campus) to provide seed funds for new discoveries consistent with the mission of ABI that will lead to nationally competitive grants and publications. Details are provided in the Request for Proposal 2022-24 for 2 years attachment below.

Please note Eligibility and Requirements:

PIs are not eligible if they have a funded ABI seed grant in FY22.

Researchers previously awarded an ABI seed grant which led to submitted grant proposals must provide the agency, grant title and date submitted. The proposal submissions from previous ABI seed grants (if any) will be a factor in the evaluation process.


March 3 – Letter of Intent due, email to Hope Phillips (hopep@astate.edu)

April 15 – Complete Proposal due, attachments uploaded into Cayuse & approvals complete

June 11 – Notice to Funded Recipients

July 1 – Project funding begins


Request for Proposal

Budget Proposal

NSF Current and Pending Support Template

NSF Biosketch Template

Submission Instructions:

Please send all final proposal documents to RTT by April 8th in order to get them into Cayuse and routed for approvals by the deadline.

Proposals should be final documents, compiled in the format required by the ABI RFP. RTT will not be editing proposals, and will submit the proposal as given to us since these are considered internal funding opportunities.

Please email your final compiled documents to Ashley apinkard@astate.edu, Morgan mospeer@astate.edu and copy research@astate.edu.

If you do not have a Cayuse login, or you have forgotten your login information, please reach out to Morgan and Ashley, and we can help you with this.

Please direct all proposal, including budget, related questions to Maria Barner mbarner@astate.edu.

Mission Statement

The mission of the ABI is to improve the health of Arkansans through new and expanded agricultural and medical research initiatives.

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