Search WRCE:


Funding Information

Request for Applications: WRCE Developmental Project Awards

Release Date: July 25, 2012
Letter of intent filing deadline: November 6, 2012
Application Receipt Dates(s): Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:00pm CDT
Peer Review Date(s): January-February, 2013
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2013

The Western Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (WRCE) invites applications for Developmental Project Awards. There are openings for four awards beginning March 1, 2013. These are highly-focused projects that are one year in length, $120,000 (direct costs). The WRCE invites applications from full-time faculty at academic institutions or equivalently-ranked investigators from biotechnology or industry from across the country.

Please click here to access the announcement.

All scientific projects in the WRCE have as their ultimate aim the development of a product (i.e., vaccines and/or diagnostics) through programs of investigator-directed research. The following three themes comprise the WRCE research portfolio and are considered high priority areas:
Theme 1: Platforms for Multiplexed Diagnostics for Category A-C Agents and Emerging Agents (with an emphasis on low cost, point-of-care devices)
Theme 2: Vaccine Development for Arboviral and Emerging Viral Diseases
Theme 3: Vaccine Development for Diseases caused by Intracellular Bacteria (with an emphasis on Brucella, Rickettsia, Burkholderia, Francisella tularensis, and Coxiella burnetii. Other intracellular bacteria that cause emerging human diseases will be considered, such as Ehrlichia spp., Orientia tsutsugamushi, and Neorickettsia).
Applications must be tailored to address one of these themes.

Please share these funding opportunities with your colleagues. Contact Kimberly Schuenke ( or Douglas Watts ( to determine whether the concept you are proposing overlaps existing RCE projects and fits within the scope of allowable activities.

Detailed instructions for submitting applications can be found here, and PHS398 forms tailored for the WRCE are here. You can also contact me directly and I can email you this information.

Kimberly Schuenke, PhD
WRCE Program Administrator
The University of Texas Medical Branch
phone: (409) 747-0766