U-M Precision Health requests applications for Scholars Awards

May 2, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

U-M Precision Health has released a request for applications for its Scholars Awards. Eight to 12 grants, which may total up to $80,000 each, will support exceptional early-career investigators — postdocs, fellows, residents, trainees or doctoral students — in innovative research projects that advance the field of precision health and that use or enrich U-M Precision Health data, tools, methods or techniques.

Applications must be submitted using the U-M Competition Space platform by 11:59 p.m. on 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/data science, artificial intelligence/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
    • Precision Discovery: Identifying fundamental new knowledge in social, medical, computational, and engineering sciences
    • Precision Treatment: Translating these discoveries into promising treatments for patients
    • Precision Implementation: 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 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/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. For application information, FAQs and other resources, please visit the Competition Space.

U-M Precision Health, established as a presidential initiative at U-M in fall 2017, is a multidisciplinary program that incorporates basic, translational and implementation research that advances precision health care 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.

More information about U-M Precision Health is available by clicking here.

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