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The goal of this program is to facilitate access to JBC Core services, particularly for JBC Young Investigators seeking to launch new directions of research. This program will not only enable new and exploratory projects but also provide junior JBC members with the opportunity to develop skills in proposal preparation.

Number and size of awards

The JBC commits $40,000 to be issued as 8 yearly awards up to $5,000. Funds must be spent on JBC services, such as biosample fees, data management/ statistical support, and Cellular Systems Core services including CyTOF, RNA-seq, and HoxB8 studies.


All JBC members are eligible for Microgrants. However, the selection committee will give preference to JBC Young Investigators, defined as JBC members at a rank of assistant professor or below who have not yet been awarded an R01 or equivalent. JBC members may receive no more than one award yearly, with preference given to those not previously funded.

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Proposal evaluation

Microgrants will be evaluated by the JBC Microgrant Committee. Proposals will be solicited by the JBC Project Manager for committee review at published deadlines.

For JBC Year 8 Cycle 1, the microgrant deadline is April 29. Proposals are scored independently by 2 committee members based on the following criteria:  scientific rationale, feasibility (including justification of sample size), utilization of JBC resources to fulfill the JBC mission, and potential for publication and/or future funding.

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