E2I Awards Support Moving Research Findings Into Practice

Three evidence-based interventions have been selected to receive the 2020 UW Evidence to Implementation (E2I) Awards. The E2I Award Program was launched in 2018 with two awardees, and expanded this spring to three awards. The E2I application process is unique in that finalists work closely with the D&I Launchpad to co-create a robust final application, which is then subject to a competitive outside review.

These awards help investigators who have developed high impact, evidence-based interventions in health care take the next step to implement their research findings in clinical and community health settings. In addition to direct financial support, E2I awardees receive comprehensive resources from the ICTR-CAP D&I Launchpad program. Such resources include help with development of toolkits, marketing materials, and comprehensive business plans.

The 2019 E2I awardees are:

  • I-SITE: Implementation for Sustained Impact in Teleophthalmology
    Yao Liu, MD, UW Department of Ophthalmology
    Previous ICTR Support: Translational Basic and Clinical Research Pilot Award (2016)
  •  Staying Healthy After Childbirth: A Program for Moms with High Blood Pressure After Childbirth
    Kara Hoppe, DO, UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Previous ICTR Support: CCHE Health Equity Research Fellow (2018)
  • MOVIN: Mobilizing Older Adults Via Systems-Based Interventions
    Barb King, PhD & Linsey Steege, PhD, UW School of Nursing
    Previous ICTR-CAP Support: Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Award (2013), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Award (now known as SPER) (2017), Dissemination &Implementation Research Award (2018)

Complete list of awardees (2018-2020)

Jane Mahoney, Director of the Dissemination & Implementation Launchpad, comments,

Our D&I Launchpad team is very excited to work with this years awardees representing three innovative programs. These programs have incredible potential to make a significant impact on the health of Wisconsin and beyond. The Launchpad team’s expertise will help with the future growth and sustainability of these programs.

Growth in the E2I awards program reflects the underlying expansion in the D&I Launchpad program and the importance of translational research to the ICTR mission. As noted above, the award is only the first step in the ongoing commitment of the launchpad team to supporting the implementation plans of awardees.

For more information about the E2I Award program or other services, visit the D&I Launchpad page.

Read more about the E2I RFA

Pilot Awards Program Funds 22 Projects for 2018

ICTR granted 22 awards totaling $1.6 million for the 2018 Pilot Awards Program competition. Five of those awards were co-funded with campus partners; one each by the UW Waisman Center and the Department of Radiology, and three by the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Likewise, ICTR participated as a co-funder for two awards in the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Awards Program. Such braided funding has been a hallmark of our pilot awards program for a number of years and allows ICTR to fund additional meritorious pilot awards that otherwise would not be possible.

Complete list of awards.

Five award types are included in this month’s announcement. They include Translational Basic & Clinical Pilot Awards (10), Novel Methods Pilot Awards (4), Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot Awards (4), Dissemination & Implementation Research Awards (3), and a Stakeholder and Patient Engaged Research Award (1). Other ICTR pilot awards announced earlier in the year include the new Evidence to Implementation (E2I) awards and the Collaborative Health Equity Research (CHER) awards. Read more on our funding opportunities page.

Christine Sorkness, ICTR Senior Associate Executive Director, notes:

We are thrilled with this cohort of pilot awardees on multiple levels: We have an outstanding group of principal investigators representing schools from across campus including the School of Business, the School of Human Ecology, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as from the UW schools and college making up the ICTR partnership.

In addition, many of the proposals shine a health equity lens on health issues across Wisconsin. As well as interventions targeting Milwaukee community members from low-income and/or minority households, there are projects testing interventions to improve rural health. Finally, the health issues addressed by this year’s awards are of importance across the lifespan including issues specific to pediatric and geriatric populations.

Overall, pilot projects focus on research likely to lead to a direct impact on human health and that span the entire clinical and translational research spectrum. Examples include understanding sudden infant death syndrome, analysis of clinical workflows, increasing ambulation by geriatric patients, and improving breast cancer follow-up.

ICTR provides a variety of resources to investigators that support their research and enhance their ability to obtain research funding including ICTR Pilot Awards.

Maureen Smith, ICTR Director for Community-Academic Partnerships, comments:

Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, MPHMany of the applicants for Community Engagement and Research (T2 to T4) awards developed exceptional proposals with meaningful stakeholder engagement components by leveraging ICTR-CAP resources.

Some investigators took advantage of consultations with  ICTR-CAP Programs/Affiliate Programs, others completed the Certificate in Clinical & Community Outcomes Research, and still others incorporated feedback from the External Community Review Committee from previous application rounds.  Well done, 2018 pilot awardees!

Groundbreaking Interventions Selected for New ‘Evidence to Implementation’ Awards

After a competitive application process, two evidence-based interventions have been selected to receive the new ICTR-Community-Academic Partnerships (CAP) Evidence to Implementation (E2I) Awards that provide implementation support for high-demand, evidence-based interventions.

In addition to direct support, E2I awardees receive comprehensive in-kind resources from the ICTR-CAP D&I Launchpad program to help their healthcare advances make the successful, sustained leap from research to practice.

Maureen Smith, Director of ICTR-CAP, notes:Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, MPH

Both projects, a Tai Chi program for seniors to improve their balance and stability and a peer-to-peer coaching institute for improving surgical education and performance, represent evidence-based interventions developed with support from ICTR-CAP research funding.

Working with their UW and community partners, these awardees will be able to leverage ICTR-CAP D&I Launchpad services to more effectively and efficiently disseminate their projects. Congratulations!

  • Tai Chi Prime for Community-based Falls Prevention
    Betty Chewning, PhD, UW School of Pharmacy
    Previous ICTR-CAP Support: 2015 D&I Research Award, Improving Balance for Older Adults: Disseminating Tai Chi Fundamentals Through Community Organizations
  • Wisconsin Surgical Coaching Program™ (WSCP)
    Caprice Greenberg, MD, UW Department of Surgery, WI Surgical Outcomes Research Program
    Previous ICTR-CAP Support: 2012 CCOR Pilot Award, A Video Analytic Approach to Deconstructing Surgical Skill

Click here for a detailed description of these two awards.

Jane Mahoney, Associate Director of ICTR-CAP for Implementation Science, notes:

The D&I Launchpad Team couldn’t be more excited to work in partnership with these two important, innovative and evidence-based programs. Both programs have incredible potential, and we look forward to putting the Launchpad team’s expertise to work to help them thrive.

Mahoney recently expanded her role within CAP to better assist with the ICTR goal of impacting health by bringing more high quality, evidence-based innovations, such as those developed by the E2I awardees, successfully into practice.

For more information about the E2I Award program and the 2019 RFA, contact Melody Bockenfeld.

Read more about the E2I RFA