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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 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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