NIGMS Awards 18 IDeA Grants in Fiscal Year 2015

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) made 18 competing (new and renewal) Institutional Development Award (IDeA) grants in 14 states and Puerto Rico during Fiscal Year 2015. These grants are expected to total approximately $230.4 million over the next five years.

The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements. The program also enhances the ability of investigators to compete successfully for additional research funding and serves unique populations such as rural and medically underserved communities.

IDeA's two main components are Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and Institutional Development Award Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). COBREs are thematic, multidisciplinary research centers that develop faculty and institutional research capabilities. INBREs are statewide networks of institutions that expand research capabilities and increase access to biomedical resources.

The grants made during the last fiscal year will support nine COBREs and nine INBREs. The institutions and principal investigators that received these awards in Fiscal Year 2015 are:


Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Nevada) – Jeffrey Cummings, P20GM109025

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Martin Hauer-Jensen, P20GM109005

University of Idaho – Holly Wichman, P20GM104420

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center – Claude W. Shuttleworth, P20GM109089


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Delaware) – Thomas Shaffer, P30GM114736

Louisiana State University – Augusto Ochoa, P30GM114732

Rhode Island Hospital – Bharat Ramratnam, P30GM110759

University of Hawaii at Manoa – Richard Yanagihara, P30GM114737

Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island – James Padbury, P30GM114750


Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) – Ronald K. Taylor, P20GM103506

Louisiana State University – Thomas Klei, P20GM103424

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – Lawrence Cornett, P20GM103429

University of Nebraska Medical Center – James Turpen, P20GM103427

University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus – José Rodriguez-Medina, P20GM103475

University of South Carolina – Lucia Pirisi-Creek, P20GM103499

University of South Dakota – Barbara Goodman, P20GM103443

University of Vermont – Judith L. Van Houten, P20GM103449

University of Wyoming – Jun Ren, P20GM103432

In addition to these COBRE and INBRE awards, the IDeA program co-funded 22 research (R01 and R15) awards with 17 NIH institutes and centers. For more information about the IDeA program, see