The Vermont Genetics Network (VGN) is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and is part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative called IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to build biomedical research infrastructure in a variety of ways. We identify the need for and develop facilities at the University of Vermont (UVM), our lead institution.
Because we are concerned with future generations of research scientists, we support student and faculty research at our Baccalaureate Partner Institutions (BPIs): Castleton, Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges, Middlebury College, Norwich University, Saint Michael's College and Green Mountain College. The support that we provide to our BPIs is intended to make the faculty competitive for extramural funding in order to sustain their research and encourage undergraduates to choose biomedical careers. To inspire Vermont undergraduates outside our BPIs, we provide Outreach in the form of visits from VGN staff and faculty, who work closely with students and college faculty to implement cutting edge experiments in their course settings.
All of these activities invest in the Vermont biomedical research infrastructure, including physical and human resources, in order to bring about sustainable changes in how we in Vermont carry out research and educate our next generation of scientists and doctors.
The North East Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC) is a consortium of five states that are collaborating on building cyberinfrastructure in the NE region. The consortium is not formally affiliated with NSF EPSCoR or the NIH IDeA. The NECC states have a collaborative award from NSF EPSCoR (Track-2) for specific fiber, research, and workforce development and diversity programs. The NECC states have a coordinated set of supplements to INBRE and COBRE grants from NIH NCRR to further build cyberinfrastructure in the region. These supplement cover fiber, research, electronics, and training in cyber-tools and education outreach in the region.