Issued:  December 21, 2015

Draft Proposal Deadline:  No later than February 15, 2016

Final Proposal Deadline: No later than February 29, 2016

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Renovation eligibility:  Rural Pipeline Partner Institutions only

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites proposals for renovations to support student biomedical research training. Investigators and Administrators at all rural campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Southeast, and Ilisagvik Tribal College are encouraged to submit proposals. Note: Investigators and Administrators at the Fairbanks campus of UAF are not eligible.

The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska.

The full amount remaining for renovations is $300,000, which may be awarded to one or more institutions to enhance undergraduate student training opportunities. Projects with budgets under $200,000 are preferred. Larger projects will be considered with sufficient justification.

Funding priority will be assigned to renovations, locations, and investigators that will have the greatest impact in engaging students in biomedical/One Health research and in increasing student access to research opportunities. Based on these priorities, the following criteria will be part of the evaluation process:

  1. Significance, innovation and approach in the renovation project with regard to how it will foster undergraduate research opportunities;
  2. Capacity to enhance research opportunities for students, faculty and staff in the region.

If you have specific questions regarding submission or requirements please contact the BLaST Program Administrator, Tiffany DeRuyter at 907-474-2447 or

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; thus, there are inherent advantages associated with early submissions. Proposals must be received no later then February 29, 2016 and funds for alteration and renovation of research training space should be obligated no later than May 31, 2016. The BLaST Steering Committee will review all renovation requests.


BLaST Renovation Project Application

Request for Proposal as a Word doc

Proposal Format and Instructions as a Word doc


BLaST Renovation Project Evaluation


BLaST Renovation Budget Template