First Collaborative Health Equity Research Pilot Awards Announced

Two black women discussing diabetes education in a book filled room.

The new Collaborative Health Equity Research (CHER) Pilot Award has announced its first awardees. Olayinka Shiyanbola (School of Pharmacy) and Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi (School of Nursing) each received $50,000 to support community-engaged research projects focused on health disparities.

The health issues addressed by these research projects, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, are both ones for which considerable disparities exist in disease burden and prevalence. Applicants are required to cite published evidence that the health disparity or inequity is recognized by state or federal agencies as significant and warranting intervention.

Full description of the research awards.

Like several other pilot awards, the CHER pilots will allow investigators to collect preliminary data for future grant applications. In addition, these awards have an explicit commitment to the career development of early stage investigators and require applicants to identify a senior mentor and form an interdisciplinary team.

The award program was jointly developed by the ICTR Community-Academic Partnerships core (ICTR-CAP) and the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) as part of their shared mission to support community-engaged research.

Maureen Smith, Director of ICTR-CAP core, comments:

Maureen Smith, MD, PhD, MPHICTR-CAP proudly supported the launch of the new CHER award. All the T2 to T4 funding mechanisms encourage health disparities research, support mentorship of early career investigators, and provide incentives for community and academic collaborations. The new CHER award is unique in requiring all three of these components for a successful proposal. Congratulations CHER awardees!

Christine Sorkness, ICTR Senior Associate Executive Director, adds,

Christine Sorkness, PharmDThis award program builds on the existing AHEAD pilot awards program that ICTR  administers for the campus Advancing Health Equity and Diversity initiative. CCHE plays a major role in supporting post-doctoral or junior faculty scholars through that program and the new CHER awards are a natural progression. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to facilitate these two excellent research projects from Olayinka and Andrea in collaboration with our colleagues from CAP.

Read more about the initial release of the CHER RFA last August.

New ICTR RFA offers Funding and Collaboration Opportunities

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UW ICTR is releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) for a new competitive funding opportunity that aims to advance the commercialization of innovations to improve healthcare outcomes. The Evidence to Implementation Award is part of the ICTR commitment to supporting the integration of effective research into clinical practice to benefit health in Wisconsin and beyond.

Each award includes up to $40,000 in direct costs and substantial in-kind consultation and resources, through investigator collaboration with the new ICTR Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Launchpad Program, for up to 18 months.

Melody Bockenfeld, ICTR D&I Launchpad Program Manager, comments:Melody Bockenfeld, MPH, BSN

We are excited to roll out this new award and look forward to forging strong partnerships with investigators to bring successful and effective health solutions to the public. This will also be the first opportunity for investigators to take advantage of the new suite of services we have developed under the D&I Launchpad Program.

This award is for researchers at UW-Madison or Marshfield Clinic Research Institute who are interested in seeing their innovations successfully implemented in healthcare settings where they will have direct, positive impacts on communities. The award is unique due to the partnership with the D&I Launchpad team, which will work in collaboration with the awardee, offering substantial in-kind support to the project.

Available services from the Launchpad team include business consultation, translation and packaging services, communication strategies, evaluation services, and implementation science guidance.

Chris Sorkness, ICTR Senior Associate Executive Director, notes:

This RFA is a big step forward in the long-term ICTR goal of offering implementation support for high-demand research inside and outside of Wisconsin’s borders. Through our unique D&I Launchpad Program, researchers will receive the comprehensive support and resources needed to see their healthcare advances make a successful, sustained leap from research to practice.

Proposed research for this RFA must include a successful intervention, care model, device, or other innovation that meets a specific demand and has potential for significant impact on healthcare or the community. Researchers must also be committed to disseminating and implementing their work broadly in practice and be open to publicly marketing their implementation materials.

The RFA is available online. A pre-proposal is due February 5, 2018. Projects chosen to proceed to the second round selection process will meet with the Launchpad team in early Spring 2018. Awards will be announced in May 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Melody Bockenfeld with any questions or requests for more information.

Evidence to Implementation Award Program

Status: Active/RFA Open

This is award is intended for investigators who have developed a successful intervention that meets a specific demand in healthcare or the community and has the potential for significant impact. Investigators must be committed to disseminating and implementing their work broadly in practice and to having their implementation materials disseminated and marketed publicly. Note: For this award, investigators will work closely with the Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Launchpad Team.

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2018 RFAs Announced for Pilot Awards Program

The Pilot Awards Program RFAs for projects beginning in July 1, 2018 were released November 1, 2017. This release date is one month earlier than in recent years and has been adjusted to better fit the typical schedules of both applicants and reviewers.

Peggy Hatfield, ICTR Program Manager for Translational Basic and Clinical Research Pilot Awards, comments,

Peggy Hatfield

We found that our schedule needed to be revised to accommodate both the time off that many applicants take during the winter academic break and also to give us additional time to find non-conflicted expert reviewers. Given the collaborative nature of research on the UW campus, it has been taking more time to recruit appropriate faculty for peer review of pilot award applications.

Another new feature this year is the incorporation of the NIH revised instructions for reviewing clinical trials into the pilot award review criteria. These criteria will be mandatory for applicants to NIH funding opportunities starting Jan 25, 2018. The ICTR award programs will likewise instruct local reviewers to use these additional considerations as part of their review.

RFAs released Nov 1 include Translational Basic and Clinical Research, Clinical and Community Outcomes Research (CCOR), Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research, and Stakeholder and Patient Engaged Research (SPER). These awards span the full spectrum of clinical and translational research. More information and complete application instructions are found on the Funding Opportunities page.