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November 18, 2018

Precision Health seeking applications for Scholars Awards

May 3, 2018

Precision Health seeking applications for Scholars Awards

U-M Precision Health has released a request for applications for its Scholars Awards, which will support exceptional early-career investigators in innovative research projects that advance the field of precision health.

Postdoctoral scholars, fellows, residents, trainees or doctoral students are eligible for the eight to 12 grants, which may total up to $80,000 each, for work that uses or enriches U-M Precision Health data, tools, methods, or techniques.

Applications are due June 8.

Encouraged to apply are researchers developing groundbreaking diagnostic and therapeutic modalities that improve health and wellness by incorporating genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors.

Of interest are projects that leverage innovative techniques in biology, clinical care, point-of-care technology, analytics or data science, artificial intelligence or machine learning, or (bio)sensing.

U-M Precision Health expands far beyond medical treatment to include prevention, implementation, and community health and focuses on:

• Actively bridging the full spectrum of precision health by identifying fundamental new knowledge in social, medical, computational, and engineering sciences; translating these discoveries into promising treatments for patients; and overcoming barriers to new knowledge adoption, and working with community health systems, policymakers, and payers to implement new therapies across the state and nation.

• Providing a cohesive structure to support broader collaboration and provide the tools and administrative support to allow our faculty to expand their work.

• Bringing researchers together under one umbrella to learn from each other’s challenges and successes.

• Providing the right resources and analytic tools to enable a diverse group of researchers to access complex datasets.

The U-M Precision Health Scholars Awards support researchers appointed as postdoc, fellow, resident, or trainee. Doctoral students are also eligible, though funding may not cover tuition expenses.

Applicants must be advised or mentored by one or more U-M faculty members engaged in Precision Health activities. Two letters of recommendation from academic personnel are due June 13.

Precision Health, established as a U-M presidential initiative in fall 2017, is a multidisciplinary program that incorporates basic, translational, and implementation research that advances precision healthcare through a combination of electronic health data, genetics, metabolomics, lifestyle, and environmental factors to provide personalized solutions for improving health and wellness.

U-M is one of a few institutions with a seamless collaborative culture that reaches across traditional department lines to tackle complex health problems. With an integrated medical center within an outstanding research university, U-M Precision Health will deploy clinical, educational, and research efforts to ultimately promote better health.