Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico INBRE Program Administrators formed RAIN to leverage our existing strengths and reduce programmatic redundancy as we continue to build biomedical research capacity in our states. We share complementary biomedical and public health challenges and opportunities, as well as the same NIH INBRE grant-renewal schedule.


The initial concept of RAIN began in September, 2016 during the INBRE PI/PC Meeting at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland and continued with an official planning meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico in October that same year. The INBRE Directors, Program Coordinators, and Program Managers identified numerous areas with interstate collaboration potential that includes our INBRE Bioinformatics Cores, undergraduate student research opportunities, graduate programs, access to unique patient populations, mentor expertise, and faculty research programs.


The first RAIN Biomedical Research Conference took place in 2017 with the purpose of bringing together INBRE-supported faculty investigators to share their research findings, identify creative collaborations, and communicate with each other about their experiences as research mentees and student research mentors. Our overarching goals were to learn from each other’s achievements and challenges, facilitate peer-mentoring among faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions, pool research capabilities and resources, and identify common needs and unique expertise to enhance programmatic impact.

RAIN Funding Opportunities

RAIN Metabolomics Pilot Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) due January 20, 2019.

Montana INBRE is excited to announce a pilot grant program for projects that utilize mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. This program is open to INBRE investigators in Idaho, New Mexico, and Montana. Successful applications will receive funding up to $10,000 in order to facilitate data generation to establish feasibility, support research projects, and generate data for publications. Projects may focus on targeted oruntargeted metabolomics.


    • Montana, Idaho, and New Mexico-based faculty

To Apply

    • Please provide the names and institutional affiliations of project lead and co-leads, as well as the proposed work's relation to a current, future, or past INBRE project, if any
    • Please provide a one-page description of the project that includes a title, summary, hypothesis to be tested, sample types to be analyzed, projected number of samples, and description of the information that would constitute a successful experiment. If you are modeling your study after a publication, please include references
    • Please email complete proposal as single PDF document to: ganesh@montana.edu

Notes and Deadlines

    • The MSU Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Mass Spectrometry Facility is willing to work with researchers on experimental design and methods for analysis
    • Priority will be given to projects that come from investigators in more than one of the Regional Alliance of INBRE Network (RAIN) states (Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico) as well as beginning investigators and junior PIs
    • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds have been exhausted or until January 20, 2019
    • Data must be collected and funds expended before April 30, 2019

Contact and Questions

Ganesh Bala | MSU Facility Manager ganesh@montana.edu
Brian Bothner | MontanaINBRE Director bbothner@montana.edu