Grants, Awards & Funding Opportunities

The DE-CTR ACCEL program provides multiple funding opportunities to foster the development of sustainable, nationally competitive, clinical and translational research programs.  These opportunities range in awards from $5,000 to $110,000 and support the establishment of research retreats, the development of junior faculty, community engaged research, and big data analysis infrastructure as well as a pilot program to help build independent external support from the NIH.

These opportunities are strongly encouraged to focus on one of the areas of high importance to the DE-CTR ACCEL program outlined below:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Women’s Health and Infant Mortality

To date, over 20 grants and programs have been awarded totaling over $1.5 million with new calls for proposals continuing throughout the year.  Areas of research have focused on improving outcomes for infants who have cardiac surgery, community assets and barriers to reducing childhood obesity, and a better understanding of treatment resistant breast cancer cells to name a few.  

Available Opportunities

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ACE Awards

The purpose of the ACCEL Community Engaged (ACE) Research Awards is to create and expand Community-Academic Research Partnerships by developing a cadre of independent Community Engagement Scholars in Delaware trained to conduct research that engages the community. Training will be accomplished through a combination of education and research experiences.

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Mentored Research Development

The principal goal of the MRDA program is to improve the success of grant submissions from junior faculty. To accomplish this objective, MRDA Scholars will work with their chosen mentor(s) to achieve milestones associated with the preparation of a targeted grant application. To assure preparation of a highly-competitive grant submission, MRDA Scholars will take advantage of extensive ACCEL resources. These include grant writing workshops and mentoring support offered through the Mentoring, Education, and Career Development Core (MED-Core) and biostatistics and study design consultations with experts from the ACCEL Epi-Biostats Core.

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Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants provide funds for a one-year period that will allow a research team to develop a more substantial basis for independent external support from the NIH. Meritorious projects may be renewed for a second year.