Archive Of the 2022 GSI Pilot Grant Competition Announcement


The Genome Science Institute is pleased to announce the availability of up to three one-year pilot grants up to $20,000; each to enhance genetics and genomics research at Boston University/Boston Medical Center, with the funds for use at the BUSM sequencing cores or BUSM Data Science Core. These grants are intended to provide the resources needed to generate preliminary data prior to the submission of extramural grants (e.g., R01s or P01s).

PURPOSE AND SCOPE: This grant is intended to stimulate the expansion of genetics and genomics research by enabling the generation of preliminary data and establishing collaborations so they can be convincingly presented in extramural grant applications. We encourage applicants to seek opportunities to enhance their NIH research proposal applications.

ELIGIBLITY: The grant is open to all BU faculty on the Medical or Charles River campuses. Joint PIs are allowed. At least one PI must have been a GSI member for the six months prior to the submission deadline. (Exceptions for new faculty will be considered.) The GSI is open to all BU faculty engaged in genetics and/or genomics research. Although recent recipients of a GSI award can still apply to this competition, these applications will be reviewed with the additional considerations of the progress and/or completion of the previous GSI awards and distinctiveness of the new application from previously awarded applications to the GSI. Please contact to apply.


  1. A two-page application outlining the specific aims, rationale, background (brief) and methodology (brief) of the project.
  2. A one-page summary describing the expertise of the individuals involved, and the plan for future grant submission.
  3. Those applicants who received GSI awards in the past, please summarize the outcomes of the funded research: grants, publications, collaborations, patent applications, etc.
  4. Application should be sent to by 5:00 PM on April 4, 2022.

REVIEW PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed for scientific merit and potential importance in the field of genetics and genomics. Applications will be ranked by the GSI Pilot Grant Committee and funding level determined by the GSI directors. A summary of the discussion is available by contacting the seed committee chair after the review. Anyone with a Conflict of Interest with a potential reviewer should make appropriate notes in the application.

REPORTING: Individuals who are funded should appropriately acknowledge support of the GSI in publications and grant applications that arise from this project. A 1-2 page progress report outlining the work carried out, as well as a basic breakdown of how funds have been spent is due 12 months from the date of award. Individuals will also be required to present their findings from this research support in the GSI Research symposium.

Finally, individuals are required to notify the GSI if any of the work conducted as a result of a GSI pilot grant contributes in any way to either a publication or a subsequent award. This allows the GSI to measure the effectiveness of this program.

Our 2022 Pilot Grant Winners!