WUCCI Micro-Grant Programs

Recent advances in cellular imaging enable unprecedented dynamic and spatial resolution in studies of cells, tissues, and animals, creating exciting opportunities for discovery in a broad range of basic and translational research aimed at understanding human diseases. The Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) provides access to cutting-edge microscopy and sample preparation equipment along with technical expertise to promote and facilitate the highest possible quality cellular imaging and analysis in these studies. In order to enable investigators to jump-start their research studies using the WUCCIs resources the following three micro-grant programs are available


1. Children’s Discovery Institute

Children's Discovery Institute (CDI) - Large Core Initiative Grant

Funded 07/01/2015 – 06/30/2018

Please note ALL year 2 micro-grant funds have been allocated. The Year 3 program will start in September 2017.

The CDI recently awarded a Large Core Initiative grant to the newly formed Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) to support collaboration between the CDI and the WUCCI to bring advanced cellular imaging and analysis to basic and translational studies of pediatric disease within the mission of the CDI. The CDI award will support micro-grants for current CDI Investigators and CDI center members as a mechanism to offset WUCCI hourly usage fees.

The micro-grant application will require a short consultation with the WUCCI Director prior to submission of this application (to help determine the scope of work), a statement of the objective of the work and the relevance of the proposed work to CDI objectives. In addition, the application will include the anticipated duration and budget of the project.

For CDI funded-Projects: In each year, a project funded by a CDI award is eligible for an initial micro-grant application of up to $2,000, with follow-up micro-grants of up to $1,000 as deemed appropriate to the project by the WUCCI Director as well as pending availability of funds. Funds will be limited to $6,000 total per CDI project per year.

For CDI Center Members: In each year, CDI members who are not currently funded as CDI project investigators will be able to request a single micro-grant of $2,000 for imaging services pertinent to research that falls broadly within the scope of the CDI mission.

Eligibility: CDI Investigators and CDI Center members with a faculty appointment. CDI-funded postdoctoral fellows and PI’s of Educational Initiatives are not eligible to apply.

Submission: Submit completed application form (download) to fitzp@wustl.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The following acknowledgement must be used when publishing or presenting work funded by this micro-grant program: “Funding for this project was provided by the Children’s Discovery Institute of Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.”

2. Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital - Clinical Investigator Program

Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital - Clinical Investigator Program

Funded 10/01/2015 – 09/30/2017

The Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital recently awarded a grant to the Washington University Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI) to establish a micro-grant program to facilitate the use of advanced cellular imaging and analysis tools by clinical investigators working with human samples scope of understanding the progression of human disease and improving patient care. The BJH Foundation award will support micro-grants for physician scientists as a mechanism to offset WUCCI hourly usage fees.

The micro-grant application will require a short consultation with the WUCCI Director, a statement of the objective of the work and the relevance of the proposed work to understanding human diseases and improving patient care). In addition, the application will include the anticipated duration and budget of the project.

In each year, a single initial micro-grant application can request up to $1,500, with a single follow-up micro-grant of up to $1,000 as deemed appropriate to the project by the WUCCI Director as well as pending availability of funds. Funds will be limited to $2.500 total per investigator per year.

Eligibility: Investigators with a faculty appointment in a clinical department working with human samples. Note: data obtained CANNOT be used to inform patient care. This program is limited to correlative research studies.

Submission: Submit completed application form (download) to fitzp@wustl.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The following acknowledgement must be used when publishing or presenting work funded by this micro-grant program: “Funding for this project was provided by the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital.”

3. Diabetes Research Center (DRC) - Imaging Scholarships

Diabetes Research Center (DRC) - Imaging Scholarships

Funded 12/01/2015 – 11/30/2016

The DRC has, in collaboration with the WUCCI, established a pilot scholarship program to support use of the WUCCI by its members to bring advanced cellular imaging and analysis tools to basic and translational studies of diabetes. The pilot program will provide a single $500 scholarship to DRC member laboratories on a first come, first basis, for use in covering the costs of pilot cellular imaging studies using the WUCCI.

Eligibility: DRC members with a faculty appointment.

Submission: Submit completed application form (download) to fitzp@wustl.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The following acknowledgement must be used when publishing or presenting work funded by this micro-grant program: “Funding for this project was provided by the Washington University Diabetes Research Center (P30DK020579-39).”

4. Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) - Just In Time (JIT) Funding

Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) - Just In Time (JIT) Funding

Funded 01/01/2017 – 12/31/2018

The MRC has, in collaboration with the WUCCI, established a pilot Just In Time (JIT) funding program to support use of the WUCCI by its members to bring advanced cellular imaging and analysis tools to basic and translational studies of musculoskeletal diseases. The pilot program will provide a single $1,250 micro-grant to MRC member laboratories on a first come, first basis, for use in covering the costs of pilot cellular imaging studies using the WUCCI.

Eligibility: MRC members with a faculty appointment.

Submission: Submit completed application form (download) to fitzp@wustl.edu

PLEASE NOTE: The following acknowledgement must be used when publishing or presenting work funded by this micro-grant program: “Funding for this project was provided by the Washington University Musculoskeletal Research Center (P30AR057235-08).”