Grant Application Information
We are happy to help you prepare your grant applications! Please realize that we assist with dozens of grants each cycle, so help us help you by planning ahead.
One month (or more) prior to GCO deadline
Schedule a meeting with Dr. Gundry to discuss the project. With sufficient time, we can help you write the research plan sections pertaining to mass spectrometry and provide references and preliminary data, as appropriate.
7 – 10 days prior to the GCO deadline
Request a letter of support, instrumentation and facilities description pages, budget justification, and Dr. Gundry's NIH Biosketch. We have templates ready to go for all service types and will tailor them to your specific project.
The more time and discussions we have, the better letter and materials we can provide!
- While it may be tempting to focus exclusively on protein and peptide quantity changes – many biomedical related studies would benefit from measuring protein activity – interactions, modifications, interactions with perturbations in order to advance biology. Don't forget to consider whether it would be worth characterizing a protein in addition to, or rather than, protein abundance.
- Avoid proposing to take an "unbiased approach". In reality, everything we do is biased to some degree. It may be biased towards more abundant compounds, more hydrophilic, unmodified vs. modified, etc. Avoid the buzzwords and be specific with regards to what you want to learn.
- Mass spectrometry techniques do not measure "protein expression". Rather, we measure peptide or protein abundance, which is the sum of post-transcriptional events, including cleavage, degradation, secretion, shuttling, etc.