Skip to Content Skip to Navigation


The twelve winning 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenges will be focus areas for the second stage of the program, Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals, although all ideas within the scope of the BREAD program will also be eligible.

EAGER proposal inquiries addressing one of the Ideas Challenge-winning ideas or an idea outside the Ideas Challenge will be accepted between August 1 – November 30, 2013, from a Principal Investigator (PI) or any consortium of investigators led by a PI at an eligible U.S. institution. Eligible institutions include academic institutions accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., U.S. non-profit research organizations including museums, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities, and consortia of only the eligible organizations listed here. Proposal inquiries will not be accepted from a non-U.S. institution serving as the lead institution. However, subawardee(s) may be eligible U.S. or non-U.S. institutions.

An EAGER proposal inquiry should be one-to-two pages in length and provide a summary of the proposed activities. In addition, the PI should specify either (a) which winning BREAD Ideas Challenge would be addressed by the proposal or (b) if the idea originates outside the BREAD Ideas Challenge, how the proposal addresses BREAD goals. EAGER inquiries should be submitted between August 1 – November 30, 2013, by email to

Submitted inquiries will be reviewed regularly by an internal panel throughout the submission window. Feedback inviting or declining submission of a full EAGER proposal will be provided to the PI within one-week of the panel meeting. Invited EAGER proposals should be prepared in accordance with the Grant Proposal Guide instructions and submitted through FastLane or There is a limit of one EAGER proposal per investigator serving as PI, although an investigator may serve as co-PI or collaborator on more than one proposal. Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines may be returned without review.

The EAGER proposals received will undergo internal review as described in the Grant Proposal Guide and the awards will be announced in February 2014. For more information, see the BREAD website or email