The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is designed to provide funding for research capacity building in states that have not participated fully in the research programs of the NIH. The guiding principles in organizing this Network for the development of biomedical sciences research in Rhode Island are to:
facilitate an increase in the number of junior investigators who would be better prepared to successfully compete for independent extramural research grant support from NIH and other funding agencies
increase the number of students being trained for careers in the biomedical sciences
provide access to instrumentation and
bioinformatics core facilities for conducting cutting-edge research
The network has the objective to support and develop talented individuals, committed to research careers in Rhode Island, and to build the biomedical research capacity of Rhode Island institutions that have historically received little NIH funding. The research foci of the RI-INBRE program are: molecular toxicology, cell biology,
and the behavioral sciences.