University of Nebraska Medical Center

Great Plains IDeA-CTR

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR is a collaborative effort between nine regional institutions, including UNMC. The IDeA-CTR strives to provide training, education and mentorship; tools and resources; and funding to regional researchers.

Goals of the CTR

    1. Create and sustain the infrastructure, services, resources, and community relationships needed to expand funded CTR across the Great Plains.
    2. Develop a cadre of successful CTR investigators with a comprehensive professional development program, pilot grants, key component activities (KCAs), and expertise, who are prepared to develop and implement innovative tools and approaches and lead CTR teams.
    3. Build upon existing regional partnerships to:
      1. expand CTR teams
      2. disseminate existing resources to enhance their utilization and reduce duplication
      3. collaborate to build new programs and resources
      4. improve health outcomes
    4. Implement a comprehensive internal evaluation program to:
      1. assess and strengthen Great Plains IDeA-CTR leadership
      2. measure the impact of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR programs in the region
      3. track Great Plains IDeA-CTR progress goals and performance milestones
      4. assess effectiveness of resources and dissemination across the region

Learn more about the Great Plains IDeA-CTR

Research Studios

The Great Plains IDeA-CTR is offering Research Studios for junior investigators who would like to discuss proposed research projects with a team of experts. These 60-minute sessions are intended to help investigators refine proposals, manuscripts, and implementation approaches. A studio typically consists of four to six experienced faculty selected to participate in a mentoring/review session based on specific areas of research and needs identified by the junior investigator. Those eligible include faculty from participating Great Plains IDeA-CTR institutions (including UNMC) who are not full professors.

We offer three types of studios:

  1. Aims page review and refinement
  2. Grant review before submission (simulated mock NIH review)
  3. Brainstorming session for investigators who have hit a funding roadblock (this latter option may be particularly helpful in identifying appropriate collaborators)

Interested faculty can submit their request for a studio. Additional information about these sessions can be found on our website. For question, contact Heather Braddock by email or by phone at 402-559-9870.