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Summer Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT) Program

Deadline for summer 2016 is April 29, 2016

The SMaRT Program supports faculty time and effort for enhancing undergraduate involvement in research endeavors.  The SMaRT program provides students that are completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer conducting research with a faculty mentor.  One of the goals of OK-INBRE is to enrich the academic experiences of undergraduate researchers by providing quality research mentoring experiences.  Effective mentoring is critical to the retention of students in STEM fields and has been linked to greater productivity, research independence, and career satisfaction.

Funds in the amount of $2,500 for the faculty mentor for 0.5 months of effort (approximately 2 hours per day) for an eight week project period will be provided.  $500 will be provided to cover research supplies for the mentoring of one student (or $1,000 for research supplies for mentoring two or more students). Hourly salary can be provided for student researchers. 


Faculty salary can include fringe benefits (salary + fringe cannot exceed $2,500).

Student salary cannot exceed the NIH maximum of $1,948 per month ($12.17 per hour).

Students may work up to 40 hours per week.

Please include a budget with the application.

The start and end dates for the program are at the discretion of the institution.


Fall - Spring - Summer

Release Time from Teaching for Curriculum Development or Grant Proposal Development   
Funds for release time from teaching obligations (up to 5 teaching load credit hours) will be provided to assist faculty members at Oklahoma regional universities in the preparation of grant applications to support (1) biomedical research projects, or (2) curriculum redesign and course development intended to improve the preparation of future biomedical researchers.  

Requirements for Curriculum Development Release Time Awards:

 1.         Within 30 days of completing the release time award, the funded applicant must provide a progress report containing the syllabus and outline of the final course developed.  It should also include when the class will go (or went) to the University committee for approval and the committee’s decision on implantation of the newly designed course.  This report should be submitted to Dawn Hammon at

 2.         If a progress report is not received within 30 days as required, then future requests for curriculum development release time funding will not be accepted.

Requirements for Grant Development Release Time Awards:

  1. If a faculty member is provided Release Time for Grant Proposal Development, a grant application MUST be submitted within six months of the end of the release time that was awarded (unless the funding agency has only one deadline per year or that the deadline for which they will be submitting their application is beyond the six-month window). 
  2. The applicant must provide one exact copy of the submitted grant application generated through the approved release time to Ms. Dawn Hammon at within 10 business days of submitting the original to the funding agency. 

  3. After the grant application has undergone peer review at the funding agency, the applicant must transmit the final critique provided by the funding agency to Ms. Dawn Hammon at within 10 business days of receipt of the final critique and summary statement.

  4. If a faculty member fails to comply with regulations 1, 2, and 3 above, then future requests for OK-INBRE funding will not be accepted. 

Send completed application to: Ms. Dawn Hammon at

For questions or additional information, please contact Dawn Hammon or Darrin Akin or

Applications will be accepted throughout the year.  There is no application deadline.



$10,000 Award
One or more awards annually

Deadline for summer 2016 is March 31, 2016

Faculty at regional Oklahoma universities can apply for Research opportunity awards with a maximum budget of $10,000 in direct costs plus F&A to support a summer project in a lab at one of Oklahoma's research-intensive institutions: the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the University of Oklahoma Norman campus, Oklahoma State University, or the University of Tulsa.  
The funds may be used for both summer salary support and lab supplies for the lab sponsor.  Please submit a 1-2 page description of the project, including a brief statement on how skills learned during the summer will be used in the educational mission of the regional university.  Also include a support letter from the lab sponsor and biographical sketches for both the regional university faculty member and the lab sponsor.  Please submit a budget for your project on the NIH form page.  If the budget is to be split between two institutions, please include a budget page for each institution.  These materials should be submitted electronically to Dawn Hammon at