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University Health Science Council seeks proposals for consortia of faculty to tackle health challenges

The University Health Science Council seeks statements of interest to establish consortia of Penn State faculty members with complementary expertise across multiple research domains to take on significant health challenges. These consortia will be the foundation of a new Institute for Biomedical and Health Science Research.

Teams of scientists and engineers working with health care professionals across molecular, physiological, behavioral, environmental and societal levels will discover novel strategies for detection, prevention, treatment and cure of disease. The initiative requires that Penn State build capacity and blend basic, preclinical, clinical, implementation and public health research across the translational spectrum to find scalable and sustainable solutions.

Penn State College of Medicine faculty are invited to submit initial statements of interest by March 15, 2021. Faculty associated with promising statements of innovative interests will be invited to provide oral presentations at UHSC meetings in April, where the council will help strong groups further develop their proposals into full submissions. The council expects to make award decisions during Summer 2021.

College of Medicine research leadership believes that competitive statements will:

  • Involve multiple Penn State colleges and campuses
  • Incorporate an intent and plan to promote diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Propose an interdisciplinary research direction with a high likelihood of significant impact
  • Provide a well-articulated rationale for a team that identifies existing strengths and gaps

Faculty with ideas for proposals should contact Sarah Bronson for more information.

Read additional details on funding, evaluation criteria and the components of a statement of interest

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