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Interdisciplinary team secures $500K to address climate, environment, and health

With $500,000 in funding from the OVPR Interdisciplinary Scholars awards program, an interdisciplinary team will start work on a new project at the intersection of climate, the environment, and health. The award is sponsored by the Research Development Office within the Office of the Vice President for Research. The project team includes researchers from the College of Public Health, Carver...
Christopher Ahern, John Engelhardt, Ziying Yan

2 UI start-ups secure $62M in funding to advance therapies

Two companies co-founded by UI researchers have secured a combined $62 million in financing to advance disease therapies. The companies, Carbon Biosciences and hC Bioscience, are based on foundational research by University of Iowa (UI) professors John Engelhardt, Ziying Yan, Chris Ahern, and colleagues at other institutions. “The investments secured by these companies are among the largest...

NIH releases a new policy for data management and sharing

The new policy announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) places a strong emphasis on the sharing of scientific data in an effort to expedite the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. It will go into effect in January 2023. The new guidelines apply to all awards that generate scientific data regardless of funding mechanism. This...
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UI announces recipients of Discovery and Innovation awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has selected the winners of fourteen awards that recognize exceptional researchers, scholars, innovators, students, and administrators, as a part of the annual Discovery and Innovation awards program. “It is an honor to celebrate our faculty, staff, postdocs, and students who are conducting high-impact research and scholarship, from labs and...

New initiative offers funding to support engaged scholarship, diversify research

The Research Development Office’s (RDO) new Seeding Excellence Initiative (SEI) invites researchers to apply for funding to help support community engagement, attract underrepresented students to research, advance the careers of early scholars, and spur collaborations across the disciplines. Supported through the public-private partnerships (P3) Year 1 funding cycle, the two-year initiative seeks...

FY2021 funding supports COVID-19 research and much more

Research related to COVID-19 continued to receive significant external funding in FY2021, but public and private support also spurred fresh explorations in the areas of medicine, the environment, math, history, the arts, and the humanities. Funding also allowed UI experts from a variety of disciplines to apply their knowledge in exciting and novel ways to support Iowa communities. [UI research...
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UI research funding sets new record in FY2021

Despite the enormous hurdles presented by the pandemic, the University of Iowa secured its highest-ever level of external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activities last year—including research contributing to the development of effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The UI saw a 31% increase in public and private research dollars compared to the previous year, and a 24%...
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Iowa cousins pursue similar paths as researchers at Iowa and ISU

Brian Hornbuckle has an old photo of himself as a boy, talking—mouth wide—while cousin Keri Hornbuckle’s brother rests his chin on his fists, elbows on the table, looking exasperated. Brian grew up in Shenandoah, in the southwest corner of Iowa, while Keri, a decade his senior, grew up 260 miles away in Cedar Rapids. Because their fathers were close, their families often saw one another at their...
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UI recognizes researchers, scholars, innovators, and mentors

University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students continued making great strides in research, scholarship, and innovation this past year—despite the pandemic—as standout investigators, inventors, and mentors. While the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) had to forego a public ceremony recognizing their work, Vice President for Research Marty Scholtz said it’s just as valued and...
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Two new REU grants broaden UI capacity to train future scientists

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs bring students to the University of Iowa (UI) to have active and meaningful participation in ongoing research projects. The two new REU programs, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, bring the total number of funded REU programs on the UI campus up to six, a threefold increase over four years. “With the addition of two new...
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Nominations sought for leading researchers, scholars, and mentors

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking award nominations of faculty, staff, and students engaged in outstanding research and scholarship, safety, and mentorship. Nominations for OVPR’s annual Discovery and Innovation Awards, which will be announced in April and celebrated virtually next spring, are due Feb. 2. This year OVPR has added an award to recognize...
Kevin Legge

UI researchers team up with ISU to develop nanovaccine for COVID-19

With federal funding from the Iowa Governor’s Office, researchers at the University of Iowa are working to help create a nanovaccine that would protect against the virus that causes COVID-19 and be administered via nasal spray rather than a needle. On Thursday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she has set aside $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act funding to...