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Institute for Women’s Health requests pilot proposals

The VCU Institute for Women’s Health is preparing a National Institute of Health Center Grant application that focuses on the etiology and course of mental health disorders and unhealthy behaviors in male and female college students.

The Center will examine gender differences in the development of a variety of conditions so interventions can be tailored to best meet the specific needs. The conditions include:

  • Depression/anxiety
  • Substance use/abuse, ranging from caffeine to alcohol and other drugs
  • Physical inactivity and weight gain

Two research cores are integral to the project. The first, VCU Spit for Science, will direct online surveys, DNA testing, and longitudinal follow-up of college freshmen. The second, Technology Support, will oversee the development and maintenance of mobile health applications.

Proposals for Pilot and Feasibility Projects must utilize one or both Research Cores to conduct research that complements the primary goals of the Center.

Funding: Funding is limited to $50,000 for one year. The initial Center grant application will select two pilot studies for Year 1, with an additional two  projects per year for Years 2 and 3. 

Application Information: Interested investigators should submit a one-page abstract describing the:

1) Background

2) Goals

3) Specific Aims

4) Methods

5) Significance;

An NIH-style Biosketch and a detailed budget are also required.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by January 13, 2014 to RaShel Charles, director of grant management at the VCU Institute for Women’s Health.

If you have questions, please contact  Dace Svikis, the deputy director of the VCU Institute for Women’s Health.

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