ACE research awards

Applications invited for community-engaged research


10:11 a.m., July 8, 2014--The ACCEL Clinical and Translational Research Center is now accepting applications for the first year of ACCEL Community Engaged (ACE) Research Awards. 

ACE awardees will receive community-engaged research training, project development, and up to $20,000 for pilot project funding. 

Research Stories

Concrete evidence

Julia Maresca, an assistant professor in UD's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is conducting research aimed at identifying bacteria that can serve as an early damage-detection system in concrete.

Stink bugs

Researchers are taking a closer look at how brown marmorated stink bugs are causing damage to developing ears of sweet corn, and their findings could lead to better pest management strategies.

Up to four teams, each consisting of at least one community partner and one academic partner who have interests in community-engaged research, will be funded.

Academic partners should be faculty at University of Delaware, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, or Christiana Care Health System. Investigators will be engaged in a curriculum to develop their team and their projects.

Pilot research projects should have a high potential for continued funding and a plan to engage the community. The goal of this program is to create and grow community-academic partnerships to conduct research that will ultimately improve the health of communities in Delaware and beyond.

Visit the website for details on eligibility and application instructions.

Important Dates:

  • Applications due: Sept. 15.
  • Notice of awards: Nov. 10.
  • Curriculum seminars and workshops: December 2014-March 2015.
  • Pilot project funding cycle: March 2015-March 2016.


In October 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 over the next five years. 

The total includes almost $20 million from the National Institutes of Health and $5 million from the state of Delaware, with an additional $3.3 million in matching funds provided by the four participating institutions.

The NIH funding is provided via the IDeA (Institutional Development Award) program, which builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; mentoring, education and faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.

Article by Diane Kukich

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