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Sports Health Innovation Awards for 2014-15

Awards: Two “Sports Health Innovation” awards that include funding of up to $20,000 each, in total direct cost, will be given to collaborative groups of researchers. These projects must involve collaboration between investigators from multiple research teams at the University of Cincinnati. Funding for this award initiative has been provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Background: Awards are designed to stimulate research collaboration between teams focused on improving the health of student-athletes. Particular emphasis will be placed on funding collaborations that include investigators from both main and medical campuses. Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Project priorities: These collaborative awards will provide up to $20,000 each, and will be explicitly aimed at gathering pilot data for larger grant applications. The types of projects that will be considered within this mechanism include projects that:

  • Stimulate the development of new clinical and translational inter- and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Develop new methodologies to leverage institutional strengths and new initiatives.
  • Pursue high-risk, high reward studies.
  • Encourage collaboration.

Overview of Review Process: Investigators interested in submitting an application were strongly encouraged to attend and present in the cross-campus conference that will was held on August 1 of this year to identify a potential collaborator at the conference. Each award submission will require a budget; overhead and faculty salaries will not be covered.

Grants submissions will be due by midnight October 1, 2014.

An NIH-style study section format will be used to review and score the proposals. Funds will be disbursed to the departments administering the winning grants by January 1, 2015. All funds must be spent within twelve months of receipt. A final report will be due within six months of the end of the grant award period. Recipients are expected to apply for NIH or equivalent grant support within twelve months of the end of the grant award period.

Application Form: Can be obtained by contacting Kim Hasselfeld at

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