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Building Research Capacity in West Virginia

David B. McKinley

On September 19th and 20th, Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-1) co-hosted a collaborative research workshop alongside WVU Health Sciences including leaders and officials from the National Institutes of Health.  The Building Research Capacity in West Virginia workshop focused on the importance of seeking research grants and understanding the intricacies of obtaining research funding.

Over the past several years, Congress has supported significant increases for the National Institutes of Health. To help ensure that institutions across West Virginia, including Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI), are fully aware of new and existing NIH initiatives and programs, U.S. Congressman David B. McKinley, invited National Institutes of Health officials to the WVU Health Sciences Center to participate in several workshops and discussion groups. Faculty, staff, students and post-doctoral fellows attended sessions on emerging NIH initiatives and participated in focused workshops with NIH staff.

Presentations by leaders from the NIGMS, NIBIB, NINDS, NIDA, NIMHD and the Office of the Director were delivered. Discussions included the HEAL initiative, “All of Us”, the IDEA program and the NIGMS-MIRA program with workshops focused on NIH application and review, the T32 funding mechanism, SEPA, AREA/R15 grants, SBIR/STTR opportunities and Fellowship/K awards.


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