M272: STEM CELL BIOLOGY AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
LETTER OF INTENT GUIDELINES
You have been invited to submit a request for research funding to “The Foundation for
Stem Cell Biology”. This organization has unlimited funds, and if your idea is good
enough, you will receive funding for life.
However, you must convince The Foundation that your topic is novel, innovative,
feasible, and relevant to the foundation’s mission. In order to be considered for funding,
you will need to submit a letter of intent and present a 10-15 minute oral presentation
describing your intended research plan.
Letter of Intent requirements:
• The letter of intent must be an original document prepared by you and not
derived from any previously written document.
• The topic must be distinct from any paper assigned in the course.
• The topic must be distinct from your Ph.D. thesis project or any other project
underway in the laboratory of your mentor. If you are a first year student, the
topic must be distinct from any project underway in any of the laboratories in
which you have rotated or are rotating.
All letters must be e-mailed to K. Dorshkind (email@example.com) by the
Monday before your scheduled oral presentation.
LETTER OF INTENT FORMAT
The following information is part of the two to three-page limit:
1. Title of the project
2. Specific hypothesis or question to be investigated.
3. Methodology. In addition to outlining the general experimental
approach, you should indicate the size of the research group (ie., pre- and
post-doctoral fellows, technicians) needed to complete the proposed
4. Data analysis
5. Anticipated outcomes.
6. Statement of why your project fits the mission of the Foundation of Stem Cell
7. The length of the letter of intent should be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of
3 pages in length. Use a minimum of .5” margins and 11 point Arial type.
References are not part of the 2-3 page limit.
ORAL PRESENTATION FORMAT
The contents of each letter of intent will be presented orally during one of the
Friday sessions. The presentation should clearly present the question being
asked, relevant background information, and anticipated outcomes. All members
of the class will be encouraged to ask questions. Presentations should be
approximately 15 minutes in length.