Supporting Women’s Health Research in Underserved States: NIGMS Collaborates with ORWH to Facilitate Trans-NIH Effort Through the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), together with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and seven other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provided funding to scientists across the country to expand their research on women’s health. This initiative, which supports trans-NIH efforts to address high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity, funded 19 administrative supplements in response to NOT-GM-20-017, Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Research on Women’s Health in the IDeA States.

IDeA is a congressionally mandated program that builds research capacity in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding. Residents—including women and children—in these states, especially those living in rural areas, often have less access to health care and suffer from poorer health outcomes than the average American.

This initiative sought to expand the research capacity of IDeA states to conduct research on women’s health and health disparities. The NOSI encouraged a broad range of research on women’s health, including maternal health with a special interest in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, as well as their underlying causes. It also encouraged building connections with program investigators working in their respective mission areas. Eligible applicants for the 1-year supplemental funding were limited to current awardees from three IDeA programs: Institutional Development Award Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR), Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), and IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

The response to the NOSI was very enthusiastic, and 25% of all eligible awardees submitted a request. NIGMS distributed the applications to the participating institutes based on their mission areas. Each institute conducted its own reviews and made its funding decisions. The success rate was 51%, and total funding for the 19 selected applications was $4.8 million in total costs.

The administrative supplements funded in fiscal year 2020 are listed below:

Awardee OrganizationContact Principal InvestigatorProject NumberNIH Funding Institute
Arkansas Children's Research InstituteTackett, Alan 3P20GM121293-04S1NIBIB
Louisiana State University and A&M College, Baton RougeKousoulas, Konstantin G. 3P20GM103424-19S2NIDA
Louisiana State University Health ShreveportKevil, Christopher G. 3P20GM121307-03S1NHLBI
Sanford Research/USDWeimer, Jill M. 3P20GM121341-04S1OD/ORWH
University of Alaska FairbanksBarnes, Brian M. 3P20GM103395-20S2OD/ORWH
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesSmeltzer, Mark S. 3P20GM103625-09S1NIAID
University of DelawareHicks, Gregory E. 3U54GM104941-08S1NIAID
University of DelawareFox, Joseph M. 3P20GM104316-06A1S1NCI
University of Hawaii at ManoaWard, William S. 3P30GM131944-02S1OD/ORWH
University of LouisvilleBickford, Martha E. 3P20GM103436-20S1NINR
University of Mississippi Medical CenterReckelhoff, Jane F. 3P20GM121334-04S1NHLBI
University of Nebraska LincolnZempleni, Janos 3P20GM104320-07S1NIGMS
University of Nevada RenoBaker, Jonathan E. 3P20GM103440-18S1NIAID
University of North DakotaVaughan, Roxanne A. 3P20GM104360-07S1NCI
University of South Carolina at ColumbiaGoldsmith, Edie C. 3P20GM103499-20S1NHLBI
University of Vermont & State Agricultural CollegeBudd, Ralph C. 3P30GM118228-05S2NIAID
University of WyomingSun, Quan-Quan 3P20GM121310-04S3
University of WyomingSeville, Robert S. 3P20GM103432-19S1NIGMS
Women and Infants Hospital-Rhode IslandSharma, Surendra 3P20GM121298-04S1NICHD

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