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SCIBAR | Support for Creative Integrated Basic and Applied Research

Guidelines for Submitting a Concept Summary

Support for Creative Integrated Basic and Applied Research, SCIBAR, is directed at harnessing the breadth of the Bloomberg School’s capabilities to solve complex and pressing public health challenges.

Inspired by the Highly Integrated Basic and Responsive Research (HIBAR) movement, the initiative challenges faculty to take the School’s research in new directions by forging non-traditional partnerships and integrating the basic and applied sciences to make a measurable impact on new or emerging public health challenges.

The SCIBAR initiative invites applicants to submit three-page Concept Summaries for projects, crystallized around an ambitious goal with a realistic path from scientific insight to meaningful application in generating hypotheses and addressing an important public health challenge. Based on these Concept Summaries, a selection committee appointed by the Dean will recommend funding ($10,000) of 10-12 teams to help support the development of a full proposal and presentation to the School community. The full proposals and presentations will be used to select up to four $1 million awards.

To facilitate planning for the review process, all teams intending to submit a Concept Summary will be required to submit a brief Statement of Intent by October 15, 2019. This will be limited to identifying the title of the project, PI(s) and departments participating in the project. The web form for this submission will be available September 1 on the SCIBAR website, and the link will be circulated by email. Everyone who submits a Statement of Intent by October 15 will be invited to submit a Concept Summary by December 15.

Detailed submission instructions will be available on the SCIBAR website by September 1, 2019.

Content Guide for Concept Summaries

Concept Summaries should be organized around the five sections described below. A general description of what these sections should address is included. Three attachments are required. (These attachments are in addition to the three-page summary.)

  1. Overview: An overview should state your long-term goal and near-term (3-4 years) objectives. Please address why your proposed program is worthy of SCIBAR funding: for example, will you generate new knowledge coupled with the solution of an important problem, combine academic research methods with practical design thinking or engage academic and real-world experts and end users of the research? How will you leverage the breadth of the Bloomberg School’s capabilities to solve a complex and pressing public health challenge?
  2. Background: The background section should describe the societal problem to be addressed, work being done by others to address the problem, timeliness of addressing this problem now and how the proposed work takes us to the next level of understanding and closer to a solution.
  3. Program/Project Description: We do not expect all details of the project to be fleshed out at this stage, but a general description of your objectives, hypothesis, basic approach and methods should be presented. Please address how you will integrate the basic and applied sciences.
  4. Health Equity: This section should address how the program you are proposing will be informed by the School’s commitment to advancing health equity.
  5. What will success look like? At the end of the project period, what do you hope to accomplish? What is the expected impact of your work and what are the opportunities to effect change? How might success lead to defining a new or expanded area of excellence for the School? How might success be leveraged for future funding opportunities?

Funding is available to support activities needed to develop the full proposal. These activities could include:

If you wish to propose specific activities needed to put together the proposal, please provide an annotated budget of up to $10,000. (There may be a need for discussion and negotiation before a budget is approved.)


  1. References to the literature
  2. Biographical sketches of Principal Investigator(s)
  3. Budget for the $10,000 Concept Development Award, together with justification (if applicable)