Reflecting an emphasis on collaboration and innovation, researchers from medicine, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences and dentistry, are among the recipients of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA’s 2018 Seed Grant Program.
Co-funded by CTSI, the seed grant program provides multidisciplinary teams with the funds they need to obtain preliminary data that will enable them to compete for large team science grants from federal agencies and private foundations.
“High-impact scientific advances need the diverse expertise found in multi-disciplinary teams of investigators,” said Steve Smale, vice dean for research in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “But forming such teams isn’t always easy. Researchers have to actively reach outside of their comfort zones and connect with colleagues in a different discipline, in different career stages or across the basic/translational/clinical/community research spectrum.”
It’s important that they do so, because large team science grants from government agencies and private foundations often require evidence that a team has already established productive interactions.
“The seed grant program this year was looking to support opportunities to essentially kick-start that process,” Smale said.
The program is a collaboration among the Unified Research Themes within the medical school, the Institute for Precision Health and the UCLA CTSI, which together with a generous gift from the Spitzer Family Foundation are co-funding all of the awards.
Applications for the grants, now in their second year, were open to the entire UCLA campus, as well as L.A. BioMed.
The 2018 Seed Grant Program awards totaled $2 million. They will support the following projects: