The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

2017 J. Lloyd Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grants (Huck GRI Grants): Request for proposals

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is now soliciting research proposals from students for Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grants. The Huck GRI Grants, newly instated in 2016, replaced the graduate student grants previously known as the Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants in 2015.

The 2017 Huck GRI Grants are intended to recognize graduate students who demonstrate outstanding ability to conceive and cogently propose important experiments of their own design to augment their thesis research. The proposal and the experiments must represent the student’s own creative synthesis and must not be part of any other grant proposals written by the applicant, their thesis advisor, or collaborators. The winning grantees will receive $5,000 from the Huck Institutes to be used towards their proposed experiments.


Doctoral students who have passed their candidacy exam and are nearing the end of their second or third year in a Huck Institutes-affiliated graduate program (i.e., entered their program in fall 2013 or fall 2014) are eligible to apply. Proposal guidelines and instructions were emailed to all eligible graduate students on January 31, 2017. Previous winners of Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants are not eligible to apply.


The submission deadline for proposals is 6 p.m. on Thursday March 30, 2017.

Proposals must be emailed by the above deadline to Dr. Pamela Mitchell ( Applicants must also submit a Declaration of Original Authorship form co-signed with their advisor (the original co-signed form can be sent via campus mail or brought to Dr. Mitchell in 105 Huck Life Sciences Building, or a PDF copy can be emailed, whichever is more convenient). Proposals that are submitted after the deadline or are non-compliant with the application guidelines and format requirements will be returned without review.


Proposals will be evaluated and scored by multiple Huck Institutes faculty with relevant expertise. Advisors of current applicants are ineligible to participate as evaluators. In 2016, the top 12 proposals were funded from the set of 25 proposals received for Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants. It is anticipated that a similar number of Huck GRI Grants will be funded in 2017. Grantees will be notified in July 2017, and funds will be made available within one week following the announcement. The funds must be spent within 18 months and are not transferable to another institution. Requests to extend funding beyond 18 months must be made in writing and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.