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Submission Deadline

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by 5:00 pm.

Proposal instructions

Protein Gels

Proposers must be faculty and principal investigators (PI) working at any of Delaware's academic research institutions and submit an electronic copy of the proposal in a single PDF document.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Cover page: download fillable PDFrequired
  • Three-page narrative
  • A list of a few key references
  • Budget: download Excel template
  • Budget justification
  • Two-page biosketch (NSF or NIH format)
  • Letter of support/commitment (one page maximum)
  • Each page of the proposal must include the name of the proposer
  • 11 or 12 pt font
  • 1-inch margins top, bottom, left and right

Proposals are expected to include a partnership and financial commitment from a nonacademic Delaware-based bioscience organization (For example, core members of the Delaware Bioscience Association).

Junior principal investigators beginning their careers are encouraged to apply for applied research projects that may have an economic impact in Delaware, even if an industrial partner has not been identified.

There is no requirement that any matching support be formalized between the host academic institution and the industrial partner at the time of a grant application. However, the match will need to be committed by the time the project is expected to begin and should be expended during the same project period as CAT funds. A typical match will involve at least 1:1 of industrial and CAT grant support and the degree of industrial partner support will be considered during the CAT grant review process. For large businesses, a monetary match is expected. For small businesses (following the definitions established by the Small Business Administration), a portion of the match commitment may be in-kind. Documentation from the industrial partner in the form of a letter of support is expected and should include a contact name, address, phone number, dollar amount of financial or in-kind support, as well as dates for the project.

Details of acceptable forms of match commitment can be discussed directly with the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. The strength of commitment from the industrial partner will be considered during the review process.

Issues related to intellectual property should be discussed with the relevant technology transfer office directly.

Proposals for very innovative and applied research without a partnership, but with a clear description of potential economic impact, will also be considered for an award.


  • Each project is limited to 12 months of grant support.
  • A single academic investigator proposal budget may request up to $50,000 per year.
  • A multi-academic investigator proposal budget may request up to $75,000 maximum.

*Projects involving PIs from two or more of the institutions listed should provide separate budgets for each institution.

Budget Justification

Allowable costs:

Only allowable direct costs may be requested. Allowable costs are costs that can be identified specifically with the project being proposed.

  • Fringe benefits, but not indirect costs.
  • Personnel costs: Please include the name of the individual for whom support is requested, their role on the project, and the effort being requested (in calendar months).
  • Travel: Funds to support travel in the U.S. to present research at scientific meetings up to $1,500 is allowable. (Must be well justified.)
  • Supplies: Funds to conduct research.
  • Other: Costs to use fee-for-service facilities are permitted.
  • Equipment: Equipment over $5,000 may only be included if approved in advance of your proposal submission. (Must be well justified.)

Unallowable costs:

  • No F&A costs may be included in the maximum budget request.
  • Support for the PI is not permitted.
  • Support for administrative personnel is not permitted.
  • Subcontracts are not permitted.

Review process

Each proposal will be reviewed by a Technical Review Panel who will make recommendations to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will make final decisions and will include members of state government (ex officio), industry and academia. Only successfully submitted proposals will be considered. The PI is required to participate in the Bioscience CAT annual symposium.

Submission information

Upload an electronic copy of the proposal as a single PDF document.

For questions, please contact cat@dbi.udel.edu or consult our F.A.Q.