This opportunity does not have a specified deadline.
Approximate Offer Date:
June 1st, 2022
SUMS’ mission as a research resource is well established, supporting hundreds of researchers on thousands of projects each year. Because of the scale of this operation, the majority of this research is performed by facility scientists, with results returned to users to maximize consistency, accelerate progress, and simplify workflow. In the modern age, however, researchers with greater understanding and hands-on experience in mass spectrometry have distinct advantages: intimate familiarity with this complex data type is required to be able to make best use of it, and researchers who can run these projects independently are more efficient in their research as well as being in high demand career-wise.
This SUMS training seed program is designed to give researchers an essential “boost” in their journey toward independence. While the focus will be on the training and experience over generating a specific set of data, a project proposed by the researcher will provide a concrete basis for learning.
For a defined project that can be addressed using SUMS’ hands-on mass spectrometers (single quad LC/MS, single quad GC/MS, quadrupole-Orbitrap LC/MS or CE/MS, MALDI-TOF), SUMS scientists will provide researchers with personalized coaching on all stages: experimental design, sample preparation, instrument operation, and data analysis. The seed grant funds will cover SUMS staff scientist time for one-on-one training, as well as student projects’ instrument usage fees. Typically, the program would encompass training on a pilot project, working toward proof of principle; routine sample analysis would be taken on by the trainee after program completion.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss applications with SUMS staff before submission.
Students and postdocs, with PI approval. Also other Stanford researchers with hands-on projects that would benefit. Limit one award per PI per fiscal year.
Applications will be evaluated on the suitability of the project to available mass spec instrumentation, as well as on the long-term value of the training to the researcher. Matching funds are required, minimum 1:1. The funding will be applied toward SUMS user fees. Additional funding beyond the match for reagents, materials, cell culture, etc. can also be mentioned as appropriate. Depending on the project, the researcher may also need to have suitable laboratory space and equipment for sample preparation.
A letter of support from the PI is required for students and postdocs, acknowledging the 1:1 funding match as well as committing to buying the necessary supplies for the project, such as reagents and consumables; in some cases investment in software licenses may make sense. The PI's perspective on the value of this training experience to the long-term goals and operations of the lab may also be included.
Proposals should be concise and practical – the equivalent of 1.5 pages total (do not strive to use up the entire character limit for each section!) organized as follows:
- Training project title (up to 128 characters)
- Project background and significance (up to 1000 characters)
- Project goals - both training and scientific aims (up to 1000 characters)
- Experimental design & methods - typically for a pilot project (up to 3000 characters)
- Budget (up to 500 characters)
Required: requested seed funds ($3K max) & minimum 1:1 PI matching funds. The combined funds will be applied solely toward SUMS staff & instrument time
Optional: Additional PI lab investment – supplies, reagents, etc. – which does not count toward the PI matching
- Long-term impact of this experiential education on student’s career, PI lab’s research, and other outcomes e.g. potential for future mass spec-based work, broadly useful methodology, sharing a unique approach, new application area, publications, presentations, preliminary data (up to 1000 characters)
- Timeline - proposed timeline to start the training (up to 128 characters)
- PI’s Letter of Support - for students and postdocs, submitted as a recommendation letter
- Optional: Upload up to 3 figures in a single .pdf file, and refer to them by figure number in the application text
Maximum funding amount:
How can the funds be used?
Maximum seed request is $3,000. Matching funds are required, minimum 1:1. The combined funds will be applied toward SUMS shared resource user fees, to cover instrument and staff time for this personalized training. Additional commitment from PI beyond the grant funds may be needed to cover project consumables and supplies.