Augusta Free Press

UVa. grants fund medicine of tomorrow

The University of Virginia Health System has selected five ambitious proposals that could create transformative advances in medicine as the inaugural recipients of its new clinical research grants.

Funded by the UVA Medical Center, the grants program aims to nourish innovative ideas at UVA that will shape the healthcare of the future. The projects selected for the first round of grants, totaling almost $2.4 million over three years:

Intense Competition
The Health System’s announcement of the grants program drew a total of 95 submissions from UVA researchers. Twenty applicants were then asked to submit in-depth proposals. Ron Turner, MD, associate dean for clinical research, said he was impressed by the breadth and depth of the proposals received. “It’s really gratifying to see what our faculty is doing and thinking,” he said, noting that the high quality of the submissions made it extremely difficult to winnow the field to five.

“These are novel projects that demonstrate the cutting-edge nature of what we are doing here,” Turner said of the grant recipients. “These are all things where you can say, ‘I can really see how this will make a difference for our patients.’”

Medical Breakthroughs and Cures
The selection committee was made up of representatives of the various arms of the Health System, including the Medical Center, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

The Health System has solicited a second round of grant proposals this spring as part of its ongoing search for new discoveries and breakthroughs.