The University of Washington Population Health Initiative has awarded five pilot research grants of $50,000 each to faculty-led teams from 10 different UW schools and colleges. This first $250,000 in funding was matched by additional school, college and departmental funds, bringing the total value of these awards to nearly $445,000.
“We were incredibly impressed by the breadth and innovative nature of the project ideas that were submitted,” shared Ali H. Mokdad, vice chair of the Population Health Initiative and professor of global health. “The number of responses we received demonstrates there is a strong demand for this type of an award to support interdisciplinary and collaborative population health work at the UW.”
The Population Health Initiative pilot research grant encourages new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address critical components of the grand challenges the UW seeks to address in population health. This year’s awardees were selected by a panel of judges from a pool of 60 applications from faculty investigators representing the UW Bothell and UW Tacoma campuses as well as every school and college on the UW Seattle Campus.
Faculty from the Department of Global Health are involved in three of the five projects: Joseph Zunt, Professor; Peter Rabinowitz, Associate Professor; Sarah Gimbel, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Ana Seminario, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Benjamin Spencer, Adjunct Associate Professor; Debra Kaysen, Adjunct Professor; and Shannon Dorsey, Adjunct Associate Professor.
The next funding call for population health pilot research grant applications will occur during Winter Quarter 2018.