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Application Procedures


PREPARE Institute Developmental Grants are accepted once each year and must be submitted via InfoReady Review

Early stage investigators must work with a mentor and certify that their mentors (see below) have had an opportunity to read and provide input on Developmental Grant applications before submission. Applications will be accepted only after mentors confirm this pre-submission review. Allow time to work with your mentor as you prepare your application.

All investigators are encouraged to submit their applications up to a week in advance so that errors or technical difficulties can be addressed before the submission deadline. PREPARE and HMI staff will let you know if your application needs corrections or is ready to be reviewed. Applications that do not conform to the posted guidelines will be returned without further review. 


The PREPARE Administrative Core hosts virtual office hours before Developmental Grants are due.

You are always welcome to email if you have any questions. 

Early stage investigators need a mentor

Early stage investigators must identify a mentor prior to submission of the proposal. The mentor will provide assistance with preparing the proposal, and if funded, with the conduct and publication of the study. For those who would like help with identifying a mentor, contact or

Download Forms

To begin working on your UC San Diego PREPARE Institute and Human Milk Institute (HMI) Developmental Grant in Pandemic Prevention and Human Milk Research application, please download the following forms. Except for the face page, the same forms are available in InfoReady Review.

  • Face page and demographic information
    • No need to upload. This is for your reference only so you can assemble the required contact information before you apply via InfoReady Review.
  • Abstract
  • Goals/mentoring plan
  • NIH biosketch instructions (for reference only)
  • Blank NIH biosketch
    • Include one for the Developmental Grant PI and one for each co-investigator.
    • Combine all biosketches into a single PDF before uploading.
  • NIH other support instructions (for reference only)
  • Blank NIH other support
    • Only needed for Developmental Grant PI
  • Budget in Excel or Budget in Word (upload only one version and see ** below)
  • Budget justification **
    • **Please explain how each item in your requested budget will further your research plan. Briefly describe the specific expertise and role of each person listed in the budget and the reasons you are requesting specific equipment, supplies, or other expenses, such as participant reimbursement.
    • **Developmental Grants cannot fund travel to scientific meetings. The only exception is that unfunded early stage investigators may include travel to a scientific meeting to present the results of their PREPARE Developmental Grants.
    • **Developmental Grants cannot fund indirect costs and overhead.
    • **Follow NIH guidelines for typeface and size in the justification (minimum 11-point type).
  • Environment and resources
  • Research plan and literature cited
  • Describe your research plan following the outline below:
  1. Specific Aims
  2. Significance
  3. Preliminary Studies (if applicable)
  4. Experimental Design and Methods
  5. Literature Cited (not included in the 4-page limit)

Note: Sections 1-4 must be covered in four pages. You may take as many pages as needed for section 5. Follow NIH guidelines for typeface and size (minimum 11-point type).


Upload Your Application

All sections of your application (see forms above) may be completed offline, then uploaded as PDF files via InfoReady Review. Remember the Face page and demographic information are for your reference and need not be uploaded. Please review the InfoReady Review Applicant Guide. Login instructions follow.

  • Click Log In at the top right of the InfoReady Review home page.
  • If you have a email address, log in using your Active Directory credentials.
  • If you have an address at one of our member institutions (,,, click the Register button. The registration process is quick and easy. You'll receive a confirmation email. Respond as instructed.

Note: You must use an institutional email address for logging in. A Gmail account, for example, will not be accepted for grant submissions.

  • If an administrator will be submitting your application on your behalf, please establish your own InfoReady Review account first, then designate a proxy. Search "proxy" in the InfoReady Review Applicant Guide for full instructions.
  • After you have logged in to InfoReady Review, you can scroll through the list of opportunities or select the Seed Funding category to find the UC San Diego PREPARE Institute and Human Milk Institute (HMI) Developmental Grant in Pandemic Prevention and Human Milk Research.
  • Click the link, and follow the online instructions to upload your application.

If you have questions, please email Don't be shy! We're ready to help!

Due Dates

Applications are due on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 5:00 PM. We strongly recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the due date to allow for administrative preview and corrections if needed. 

Early stage investigators: remember to allow time to work on your application with your mentor before submission.