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BRESE Scholars Program

ASPIRE BRESE Scholars Program

Biomedical/biobehavioral RESearch Enrichment (BRESE) Scholars

 What is BRESE?

BRESE is a two-year mentored grantsmanship program for new faculty in biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines funded by the NIH award CSUSB ASPIRE.  The goal of ASPIRE is to increase the capacity of CSUSB to support research and enhance the diversity of CSUSB students and faculty engaged in externally funded research.

The BRESE Scholars program includes a series of workshops and seminars on getting your research started and grantsmanship, writing accountability groups, inclusivity in research, informal meetings, one-on-one mentorship, and other developmental activities.

In addition to these supportive activities, BRESE Scholars are awarded professional development money to support their research and grant writing activities. In the first year, BRESE scholars receive $5,000, and in the second year $2,000.

Who is eligible for BRESE?

Tenure-track faculty in their first or second year in biomedical and biobehavioral disciplines.

How to apply for BRESE?

The application for BRESE is on InfoReady and includes:

  • A five-part narrative (see below)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement explaining how you expect the program to benefit your career/research goals, and how your participation in BRESE will contribute to enhancing the diversity of faculty and students who do research at CSUSB. 

The narrative (excluding the list of references) should not exceed two single-line spaced pages and it should be written in a manner that allows reviewers who are not familiar with the applicant’s field of study to understand the goals and significance of the proposed work.

The narrative should have the following components:

Specific Aims 

This section should include a central hypothesis, a statement of need, and two to four brief aims that address this critical need.  The aims listed should be consistent with the central hypothesis and support the overall goal of the proposed project.


This section contains an explanation of the overall importance of the project, framed in context with the current literature, and how the proposed scholarship contributes to the field and to the applicant’s own program of scholarship. This section should include a statement on the contribution the work will make when completed.

Project Design and Procedures

This section should provide a clear plan of work that is achievable within the time frame proposed. The specific sources of data (primary or secondary) to be collected/obtained (whether from human subjects, animals, or the physical world), how the data is to be collected/obtained, and how the data will be analyzed should be provided. A detailed explanation about the process by which the data will be reduced, integrated, or interpreted should be given.

Project Timeline

The timeline should include enough details about the tasks and milestones to demonstrate when project activities are projected to occur over the course of the proposed period. Be sure the tasks described in the Project Design and Procedures section are included in the timeline. Any task or milestone presented in the timeline should be described in the proposal narrative and vice versa.

List of References/Cited Works (no page limit)

Include only the references or works cited in the proposal narrative.

If you have any questions please contact: Cynthia Crawford at or Dorota Huizinga at