LSU Biomedical Collaborative Research Program

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (LSU A&M), the Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC), and LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO) School of Medicine are soliciting collaborative applications between LSU A&M, PBRC, and LSUHSC-NO School of Medicine researchers for pilot funding consideration. Applications may be targeted to all aspects of NIH fundable research including bioengineering, comparative medicine, bioinformatics, translational medicine, etc. The goal of this program is to promote interdisciplinary and other team approaches to biomedical research. Following the NIH multi-PI format, applications are required to include two co-Principal Investigators from two different participating campuses (e.g., 1 Co-PI from LSU A&M and 1 from LSUHSC-NO, 1 from LSU A&M and 1 from PBRC, or 1 from PBRC and 1 from LSUHSC-NO). Additionally, applications from research teams that represent new collaborations are strongly encouraged.

Award Information

Funding will be awarded as an internal grant by each participating campus. It is anticipated that 6-8 pilot projects will be awarded. Project budgets should not exceed $75,000 in direct costs over a one-year period. Indirect costs are not allowed. Awarded funds will be distributed equally between the collaborating investigators (i.e. $37,500 to the PI from each campus). The project period is February 1, 2018, through January 31, 2019. (Under exceptional circumstances, renewal funding for a second year may be considered where there is evidence that an additional year of funding will ensure national competitiveness.)

Previous award recipients

The LBCRP Workshop will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. The workshop will include presentations on LBCRP-supported collaborative research projects. 


Applicants must have a current tenure-track, research, or clinical faculty appointment at LSU A&M, PBRC, or LSUHSC-NO School of Medicine. LSU A&M eligibility includes all Colleges that can provide partial funding to be matched by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED), and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Proposals must include two Co-PIs, and each Co-PI must hold a primary appointment at a different campus (e.g., 1 PI from LSU A&M and 1 from LSUHSC-NO, 1 from LSU A&M and 1 from PBRC, or 1 from PBRC and 1 from LSUHSC-NO). Research projects in any of the NIH-supported scientific focus areas are eligible.
Renewal applications are not currently being accepted. However, previous recipients of an LBCRP award are eligible to submit applications for new projects.

Application and Submission Information

Applications should be submitted online at: Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, September 15, 2017.

Where indicated, elements of the proposal should be uploaded to the online application in PDF format. Applicants must observe the specified page limits. Use standard paper size (8 ½“ x 11”) and at least ½” margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. Each section of the proposal that is uploaded as a file must be individually paginated prior to being uploaded to the electronic system.

Submission Date and Time

The deadline for submission of proposals is 5:00pm CST on Friday, September 15, 2017.

LBCRP Workshop

All those who submit an application will be invited to present their work during the LBCRP Workshop. The meeting this year will be in New Orleans - date and location to be announced. Registration is free.


Questions regarding the LBCRP program and/or questions of a scientific nature should be directed to:

K. Gus Kousoulas, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development (STEM)
Director, LSU-Tulane NIH Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research
Phone: 225-578-5833 (ORED)
Fax: 225-578-5983 (ORED)
Wayne L. Backes, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
School of Medicine
Department of Pharmacology
LSU Health Sciences Center
Phone: 504-568-6557
Fax: 504-568-6888