Discovery Knows No Bounds

Discovery knows no bounds

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine assists the body’s own ability to heal. Cell and developmental biology, regenerative pharmacology and immunology, medicine and surgery, biotechnology, bioengineering, and other relevant fields, are brought together to develop ways to replace, restore, or regenerate damaged or malfunctioning cells, tissues, and organs to help people return to better health.
What kinds of grants are being offered?
We are offering grants for research, clinical trials, clinical care, educational programs, and businesses that promote, advance, improve, or enhance awareness of regenerative medicine.
When will the grants be released next?
Research Grant RFPs will be released on 9/11/2017, due on 10/16/2017, awards announced 1/8/2018.
Education, Biobusiness/Biotechnology, and Clinical Care RFPs will be released on 1/15/2018, due on 2/12/2018, awards announced 4/10/2018
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Do I have to be in Minnesota to apply?
Yes. All grant funds must go to research, trials, businesses, and educational programs within the state of Minnesota.
How do I apply?
Download the RFPs for complete instructions on how to apply. Each RFP is accessible here.
How are the grants reviewed?

Regenerative Medicine Minnesota enlists world-renowned experts in science and medicine to thoroughly review grant proposals to ensure that the best and most promising applications are selected for funding. A list of grant reviewers for each year can be found here.

Reviewers use the nine-point NIH scale to review the grants, with one being the best score and 9 the lowest score. Reviewers are excluded from reviewing any grants with which they have declared a conflict of interest.

Research Grants

Do I have to reformat my NIH biosketch or can I use it as is?
You can use it as is. You do not need to reformat margins, font, etc.
Why do you have page limits, format requirements, etc. Are they optional?
We prefer you use the format given in the instructions. The purpose is to standardize the applications so the reviewers focus on the content.
What is the time frame for submitting an application?
Research Grant (Discovery Science, Translational Research, and Clinical Trial) proposals are due on October 16, 2017, by 6:00 PM CDT.
When will grant applicant awardees be announced?
Awardees of Discovery Science, Translational Research, and Clinical Trial grants will be announced on January 8, 2018.
When is the start date for grant funding?
Grant start dates for the funding of Discovery Science, Translational Research, and Clinical Trial grants should begin between March 1, 2018 and May 30, 2018.
How much money can applicants request?
The maximum amount of funding for Discovery Science and Translational Research grants is $125,000 per year.  The maximum amount of funding for Clinical Trial grants is $250,000 per year.
How long is the grant period?
The maximum grant period for Discovery Science, Translational Research, and Clinical Trial grants is two years, with the second year of funding contingent on demonstrated adequate progress in year one.
How many Research grants can a Principal Investigator (PI) hold at one time?
One. While PIs can apply for more than one Research grant, they can only hold one Research grant at a time. If a PI is currently holding a Research grant, they can apply for, and accept, additional Education, Biobusiness/Biotechnology, or Clinical Care grants.
Can there be multiple Principle Investigators (PIs) on a Research grant?
No. Only one person can be listed as a PI per grant. There is no limit to the number of co-investigators or collaborators.
Who is responsible for obtaining additional approvals to conduct research?
The PI is responsible for obtaining all approvals from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), and other organizations which may be required for certain projects.
Do you have a Word file of the budget document?
Yes, download a Word version of the budget form here.
I am applying from the University of Minnesota. Do I need to submit a PRF?
No. Per SPA, if you are awarded a grant, the PRF can be submitted at that time.
What is my indirect cost rate?
You should use the established NIH-negotiated rate if your institution has one (for example, the University of Minnesota indirect rate is 52%). Check with your accountant or your grants/contracts staff. If your institution does not have a negotiated rate, use 10%.