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DHSA issues call for proposals

Researchers urged to initiate collaborations with alliance partners


9:07 a.m., April 14, 2011--The Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) has issued a call for pilot grant applications for new biomedical research projects in basic or translational research. Five-page applications are due by Wednesday, June 15, with an expected start date of Sept. 1.

Grants will provide up to $75,000 in funding for projects 12 to 18 months in duration. Successful applications must include at least one collaborator from each of the four DHSA institutions.

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Projects will be selected based on scientific merit, contribution to the DHSA partnership objectives, potential to lead to NIH funding, and the ability of the research team to demonstrate successful collaboration among the four partners.

Applications should be developmental in nature, with the explicit goal of submitting a competitive R01 application to the National Institutes of Health by project completion. Applicants should clearly indicate how the investigators from the four institutions will collaborate and what critical milestones must be attained to develop a viable NIH application within the pilot grant period.  Grants may be renewed based on funding availability. 

Detailed application instructions can be found on the website.  Submit electronic copies of applications by Wednesday, June 15, to

Interested investigators may direct questions to Karl Steiner, senior associate provost for research development, at or 302-831-6703. 

“We will provide matchmaking support for investigators looking for additional collaborators with complementary expertise at the annual DHSA symposium,” Steiner said.

The 3rd annual DHSA research symposium will be held May 17 at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

About the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance

DHSA was established in 2009 with four founding partners—Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Delaware.

The alliance enables partner organizations to collaborate and conduct cutting-edge biomedical research, to improve the health of Delawareans through access to services in the state and region, and to educate the next generation of health care professionals.

DHSA’s unique, broad-based partnership focuses on establishing innovative collaborations among experts in medical education and practice, health economics and policy, population sciences, public health, and biomedical sciences and engineering. For more visit information, visit the website.

Article by Diane Kukich

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