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Dean's Challenge Award

This new seed funding program is meant to encourage senior School of Medicine scientists to bring together their respective expertise, and work collaboratively across departments, centers, institutes and programs in order to tackle the toughest “big science” questions in medicine today

Dean Reece Announces Challenge Award

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The University of Maryland School of Medicine is dedicated to conducting exemplary biomedical research (basic, translational and clinical research and outcomes) to improve human health and wellbeing. To that purpose, Dean Reece is introducing a Dean’s Challenge Award to Accelerate Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med) and encouraging senior SOM scientists to catalyze the launch of major “Big Science” research programs within the school and across departments, centers, institutes and programs. This award was inspired by a similar award, the Pioneer Award established by Scientific Advisory Council member Elias Zerhouni, MD, president of Global R&D for Sanofi Pharmaceutical and former director of the NIH.

The Dean’s Challenge Awards will do several things:

  • They will fund new collaborations between established funded faculty members from different academic units.
  • They will provide the support needed to generate pilot data for new and ambitious research projects, which are positioned to acquire a large federal funding base

Challenge Award OneApplications for the Dean’s Challenge Award/ACCEL-Med must include senior investigators from two or more different departments, centers, programs and/or institutes, or any combination thereof, reflecting a major “Big Science” undertaking with significant collaborations across the School of Medicine.

Deans Challenge imageThe funding program is intended to provide the support needed to generate pilot data for new and ambitious research projects that advocate and advance “Big Science” over a two-year funding period, and that result in major research initiatives that are positioned to acquire a large federal funding base, such as program project grants or center grants (P-series awards), cooperative agreements (U01 awards), or equivalent large awards.

Up to three Dean’s Challenge Awards will be awarded in the amount of $200,000 each, paid out at a rate of $100,000 per year for two years.  

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