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What is ACCEL?

In October of 2013 the University of Delaware along with partners Christiana Care Health System, Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, and the Medical University of South Carolina received $25 million to support the growth of clinical and translational research (CTR) over the next five years.

The purpose of the combined NIH and state of Delaware funding is to build research capacities in States that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical, and translational research through mentoring, education and faculty development, and infrastructure improvements.

This entire effort is known as the Delaware-CTR ACCEL program. Stuart Binder-Macleod, associate vice provost for clinical and translational research, at the University of Delaware leads this program.

What does ACCEL provide?

The ACCEL program provides resources, networking opportunities, pilot funding, research design and bio-statistical support, mentoring assistance, and community engagement opportunities to help develop, implement, and expand clinical and translational research. Ultimately ACCEL serves to promote the innovation, acceleration, and translation of research that will improve health outcomes, enhance future funding success, accelerate health care quality, actively engage community members, and advance research careers.

Who Should Be Involved?
  • New or early stage researchers who want to accelerate their career
  • Senior researchers who want to participate in new collaborations and mentor young colleagues
  • Clinicians who want to be part of research efforts in Delaware, or learn new skills
  • Community leaders and investigators who want to advance research capabilities relating to community engagement and outreach.
  • People who are interested in improving the health of themselves and their neighbors, and the effectiveness of health care in general
Being a part of ACCEL means…
  • Developing research collaboration and expanding your network of colleagues
  • Enhancing pilot funding opportunities
  • Receiving mentoring advice from proven researchers with successful track records
  • Gaining skills and knowledge via the ACCEL mentoring, education, and development program
  • Learning from and participating with community groups and members to address key health issues they face
  • Participating in important clinical and translational studies that impact you, your friends, your family, and your community

“BE PART OF SOMETHING GREAT!”