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 events are held that serve 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. This is the project pitch day. 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 $9000 ($4400 for an undergraduate stipend and $3600 in supply money to support their research, as well as as additional $1000 scholarship to be divided between the Associate Members to support their research as they deem appropriate in coordination with their departments).

Research Project Priority Areas

Chemistry of Life (CLP):

Emerging and Infectious Diseases (EID):

Functional Tissue Engineering (FTE):

Translational Pharmacology and Physiology (TPP):


Timeline (2021-2022)

September 17, 2021, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Young Scholar Program (YSP) “Meet & Ideate” Session 1 (Centennial Campus)

September 27, 2021, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Young Scholar Program (YSP) “Meet & Ideate” Session 2 (Main Campus)

RSVP for one or both of these sessions using this Google form.

[Please upload a single slide summarizing your research to our shared Google Drive folder by Sept. 17. See folder for example slide.]

October 1, 2021, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Project Pitch Day (Centennial Biomedical Campus, Biomedical Partnership Center. Email compmedinst@ncsu.edu to pre-register for a pitch slot.)

October 8, 2021 – YSP Project applications due by 5:00 p.m. to Sarah O’Connor (sgoconno@ncsu.edu).

October 15, 2021 – YSP winners announced. Projects posted on CURiOuS.

October 29, 2021 – SIRI applications due.

November 11-12, 2021 – SIRI Interviews.

November 18, 2021 – Final decisions on SIRI students.

Proposal Formatting Requirements

Proposal should be 1.5 pages in length.  Page 1 should be an NIH-style aims page (see instructions and examples) 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), or CMI Executive Assistant Sarah O’Connor (sgoconno@ncsu.edu).