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2015 Butcher Program FAQs

Where and when will be Butcher Symposium be held?
The 2015 Butcher Symposium will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. It will begin at 8:00 am with registration and a continental breakfast. The event ends at 3:00 p.m.
When is the Symposium registration deadline?
The registration and abstract deadline is October 10, 2015.
What size should the poster be?
The posters should fit within a 4 foot x 4 foot area.
How long should the abstracts be?
The abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
Am I eligible to attend the Butcher Symposium?
Postdoctoral researchers and graduate students across the University of Colorado system are invited to attend the Symposium, present a poster (required if attending), and submit Butcher Innovation Award proposals. Faculty and potential collaborators from federal labs and industry are also welcome to attend the symposium and present a poster (optional).
Am I eligible to submit a Butcher Innovation Award proposal?
Postdoctoral associates and graduate students across the University of Colorado system are invited to submit proposals for the Butcher Innovation Awards. One requirement is that the Lead Investigator and Co-Investigator must have attended the Butcher Symposium and presented a poster there. Please visit our Eligibility page for additional information.
When is the deadline for submitting Innovation Award applications?
Letters of Intent to Submit are due January 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Mountain). The deadline for Innovation Award applications is January 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Mountain). You can find additional details about the application process here. Details will be announced at the Butcher Symposium and posted on the Butcher Program website.
Is my research appropriate for a Butcher Innovation Award?

The primary goals of the Butcher Innovation Awards for PhD Students and Postdoctoral Scholars are to encourage scientific creativity by supporting:

  • Excellent interdisciplinary bioscience and engineering, especially within the broad area of quantitative biology
  • Independent research, translational and communication projects designed and proposed by CU PhD students and postdocs
  • New collaborations between people from different fields who have not published together before
You can read more about the Eligibility criteria here.
Can I write a proposal with investigators outside of CU?
Yes, the proposal should have a Lead Investigator from CU, but collaborators outside the CU system can be added as Co-Investigators or Other Collaborators. However, you need to ensure that the CU investigators are the recipients of the funds.
Do I need to have attended the Butcher Symposium on November 6, 2015 in order to submit an Innovation Award proposal? Does everyone named on the research proposal need to have attended the symposium?
Yes. The Lead Investigator and Co-Investigator on your proposal should have attended the Symposium and presented a poster. If you have specific circumstances that prevent you from attending the symposium, please provide that information to the organizing committee by emailing
May I write more than one research proposal?
No, each Lead Investigator or Co-Investigator may participate in no more than one application. Other Collaborators may be listed on multiple proposals.
Are the funds allowed to be used to support salaries?
No, the following should not be including in the budget: indirect costs, salary, fringe benefits, subscriptions, memberships, postage, office supplies, food or alcohol.