NIGMS Funds First IDeA Grants for Clinical and Translational Research


September 10, 2012

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has funded the first grants in a new initiative, the Institutional Development Award Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR), to consortia in the states of West Virginia and Louisiana.

The consortia are led by Uma Sundaram, M.D., at West Virginia University and William Cefalu, M.D., at Louisiana State University Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Each grant is expected to total up to $20 million over 5 years.

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding. It supports basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements in 23 states and Puerto Rico.

The IDeA-CTR program focuses on the development of infrastructure and other resources required to conduct clinical and translational research in IDeA-eligible states.

The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute Link to external Web site and the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center Link to external Web site will help improve health in their states and regions by providing clinical scientists and medical personnel with greater access to the resources needed to accelerate research from bench to bedside. Both groups will pursue partnerships and collaborations within and across IDeA states; clinical and translational pilot grants; clinical research education, mentoring and career development; clinical research design, epidemiology and biostatistics; and projects related to the specific health and research needs of their states.

For more information about the IDeA program, see


The grant numbers are  1 U54 GM104942 (West Virginia) and  1 U54 GM104940 (Louisiana).