Strategic Initiative Funding Update: New Proposals

Multidisciplinary Intramural Funding Program
Focus Area: Leadership and People
Pillars: Discovery and People

Submitted by Sheila Fleming, Ph.D., the multidisciplinary intramural funding program seeks to support collaborative research relationships that cross the boundaries of NEOMED’s six research focus areas (RFAs). Funding up to three collaborative grants each year, this program is expected to generate novel and more comprehensive approaches to discovery and therapeutic intervention for improved health outcomes.

Disability Studies and Health Professions Expansion
Focus Area: Exceptional Experience; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Leadership
Pillars: Education and Discovery

The Disability Studies and Health Professions Expansion proposal was submitted by Rachel Bracken, Ph.D., and Rebecca Fischbein, Ph.D. This innovative proposal seeks to both decrease disability stigma and expand NEOMED health professions student exposure, knowledge, comfort and skills related to patients with disabilities by developing and longitudinally evaluating the impact of simulated patient encounters with a variety of clinical scenarios.

Applications are now being accepted for Strategic Initiative Funds and requests are reviewed monthly. Please contact Samantha Bliss, manager of strategic initiatives, at with any questions regarding the Strategic Initiative Funding application or to be connected with a pillar lead.

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