from several Louisiana academic institutions attracted over
250 million dollars in competitive National Institutes of Health
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) was established in 1993 to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research. The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions in 23 states and Puerto Rico. The program also serves unique populations, such as rural and medically underserved communities, in these states. The IDeA program is supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Division of Research Infrastructure.
The IDeA program has two components, Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).
COBRE programs build multi-disciplinary research centers with a thematic scientific focus. Junior investigators graduate from the program after they obtain NIH competitive funding on their own.
INBRE programs enhance biomedical research capacity in primarily undergraduate institutions in alliance with LSU, as a major research institution in Louisiana.
RCMI programs enhance the research capacity and infrastructure at minority colleges and universities that offer doctorates in health sciences. The program serves the dual purpose of bringing more minority scientists into mainstream research and enhancing studies of minority health. The RCMI is also supported by NIH NCRR.
For more information go to http://idea.lsu.edu.