Precision Health announces first round of grant competition


The university’s Precision Health initiative is accepting applications for Investigators Awards of up to $300,000 each over two years to support research projects that advance the field of precision health.

The initiative seeks projects that use or enrich Precision Health data and tools, methods and techniques.

Precision Health expects to fund up to 12 Investigators Awards in 2018 and will fund additional new projects in 2019. The awards are open to U-M full-time faculty members with a primary appointment in research or clinical tracks, or tenured or tenure-track instructional faculty.

A second grants program, the U-M Precision Health Scholars Awards, is designed specifically to support early-career investigators — postdocs, graduate students, residents and trainees — and will be announced in April.

The Investigators Awards program employs a two-stage application process.

An open call for pre-proposals, due April 30, has been issued. Following evaluation by a panel of faculty with expertise in precision health topics, a subset of entries will be selected and principal investigators invited to submit full proposals in June.

Especially encouraged are proposals with one or more of the following characteristics:

• Clearly advance work in the area of precision health and addressing biological advances, diagnostics, therapeutics, analytics, software or programming including artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensors or related, innovative areas.

• Use Precision Health datasets or analytic tools or create new tools or expand the Precision Health dataset through additions to the cohort or novel data streams.

• Involve multidisciplinary collaboration by engaging investigators from two or more schools.

• Focus on pressing health problems, such as cancer, mental health, metabolic disease or opioid misuse prevention.

• Generate new data or capabilities that will be of value to and shared with a broad range of the Precision Health community.

• Demonstrate strength in the qualifications and experience of investigators, and propensity to lead to externally funded projects.

• Draw in external partners who extend and complement U-M funding and capabilities.


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