Funding support will come from various sources including the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Olson Center for Women’s Health, College of Medicine Dean’s Office, Vice Chancellor for Research Office, and the Chancellor’s Office at UNMC. The current commitment for the Center funding is for five years. To maintain sustainability, we will be developing NIH Program Project and P50 Center Grants, with the funded investigators to be recruited by the NCWHR.
The Center is expected to initially recruit two faculty members with expertise in an area of women’s health research. Recruits should have a record of procuring extramural funding and should be able to collaborate but also complement existing expertise within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. One recruit is expected to have experience in placental or uterine function with emphasis on epigenetics to complement the molecular expertise within the department. It is expected that the recruits will collaborate with existing faculty and clinician scientists to conduct translational research in areas such as preterm birth, uterine fibroids, uterine cancers, and aging.
An annual seed grant program will enhance and grow collaborative research opportunities. A request for applications (RFA) system will be announced through the NCWHR website and through campus-wide communications. These funding opportunities would highlight potential topic needs that will facilitate interactions across departments and promote basic-clinical science projects with a goal to increase future grant acquisitions.