The RNA Bioscience Initiative enhances research in RNA biology across the Anschutz Medical Campus through its Pilot Grant Program. Support may be in-kind or monetary depending on the studies proposed. New grant offerings are announced twice yearly- spring
and fall; past offerings have included single-cell RNA-seq, RNA-seq, bioinformatics support, RNA-Biology, single-cell technology development, RNA-Clinical, and RBI seed grants.
The RNA Bioscience Initiative supports multiple informatics fellowships at the Senior Research Associate Level. The objective of these unique, semi-autonomous postdoctoral positions is to train the next generation of bioinformatic analysts with the goal
of mastering skills spanning both biology and computer science. Appointments are for two years with the possibility to extend for an additional year. Salaries commensurate with experience but will be above NIH pay scale for post-doctoral fellows.
The RNA Bioscience Initiative supports graduate students through its RNA Scholars Program. Applicants are selected based on previous accomplishments and promise in RNA Research. The RNA Scholar awards provide 1-year of stipend support and a small discretionary
The RNA Bioscience Initiative provides support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend RNA-focused scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops.
"We’re grateful for the support from our 2017 RBI Pilot Grant, which supported a Nature Medicine paper (PMID: 30420752). This paper was instrumental in acquiring two grants- an NIH NCI R35 for $5,928,348 and a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant for $5,000,000."
Craig Jordan, PhDProfessor and Chief Division of Hematology
"The Pilot Grant Program is really the highlight of the RBI… you guys spread the love! … you support innovative high-risk high-gain projects that would otherwise be inaccessible. For my lab, the RBI pilot grant we received really pushed the boundaries of our research, and the data has contributed to six manuscripts."
Holger Russ, PhDAssistant Professor, Barbara Davis Center
"Without a doubt, RBI's activity on campus has been truly revolutionary in terms of promoting RNA research at CU Anschutz."
Chad Pearson, PhDAssociate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
"The RBI provides support and guidance so many labs can develop RNAseq databases and leverage those for publication and grant acquisition."
Linda Barlow, PhDProfessor, Cell & Developmental Biology
"RBI support for pilot projects and RNA education has been transformative to our CU Anschutz campus."
Kristin Artinger, PhDProfessor, Craniofacial Biology
"The overall organization– from educational opportunities to grant offerings is outstanding. The RBI seed grant program allows exploration of RNA biology for researchers whose focus may not be primarily RNA-focused."
Berenice Gitomer, PhDProfessor, Renal Diseases & Hypertension