Once a year, the CMI invites it’s Associate Members to submit research proposals (from interdisciplinary teams of associate members) for the Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI). Selected Associate Members will be named CMI Young Scholars and will serve as mentors for an undergraduate student in Spring/Summer.

To facilitate the collaborative proposal development process an event is held that serves as a “meet and greet” introduction/brainstorming session to begin the networking.  There is an additional brainstorming session where the associate members present their ideas to the group and a faculty panel supply them with constructive criticism regarding their proposal ideas.  Written proposals are due a week later.

Proposal Team Requirements:  At least two existing full-member CMI research groups must be represented by the associate members and there needs to be a lead faculty (PI) lab identified.  Associate members can serve as links between labs to facility the participation of labs without associate members. Proposals across CMI research programs are encouraged.  The research teams will be provided $8000 ($4400 for an undergraduate stipend and $3600 in supply money to support their research.

Research Project Priority Areas

Chemistry of Life: Proposals focused on interdisciplinary solutions to broad problems at the chemistry-life sciences interface. Proposals that leverage expertise on both sides of this interface will be prioritized.

Emerging and Infectious Diseases: Proposals focused on interdisciplinary solutions to broad problems involving the study and treatment of infectious disease are of top priority.

Functional Tissue Engineering: Proposals addressing enabling biomaterials and engineering systems technology that lead towards regenerative medicine therapies in the musculoskeletal and cardiac systems are welcome. Examples of enabling technology include but not limited to smart biomaterials, large animal models development, automation systems, 3D in-vitro tissue and organoid models and computational model development for regenerative medicine applications.

Translational Pharmacology and Physiology: Proposals should focus on pathological responses in the Gastrointestinal tract such as food allergy, chemotherapy for GI cancer, infectious diseases, and ischemia/ reperfusion injury. Use of the swine model to develop treatments for human disease is especially encouraged.


Timeline (2020-2021)

September 30, 2020 – Young Scholar Award (YSA) Brainstorm/Idea Presentation.

October 14, 2020 – YSP proposals due by 5pm via e-mail to Lori Kazura (lgdann@ncsu.edu).

October 19, 2020 – YSP winners announced. and projects posted on CURiOuS (https://sites.sciences.ncsu.edu/curious/).

November 3, 2020 – SIRI applications due.

November 10, 2020 – SIRI Interviews.

Proposal Formatting Requirements

Proposal should be 1.5 pages in length.  Page 1 should be an NIH-style aims page and the second 1/2 page should be a plan for undergraduate mentoring.  Arial 11pt font and 0.75” margins. References are not included in page length.


CMI Co-directors: Dr. Jorge Piedrahita (japiedra@ncsu.edu) and/or Dr. Joshua Pierce (jgpierce@ncsu.edu)