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AHRQ Awards New Research Infrastructure Development Initiatives

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded nearly $3 million for nine new research initiatives designed to build and strengthen the Nation's research infrastructure.


The The Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (M-RISP) will increase the capacity of institutions that serve racial/ethnic minorities and their faculty to conduct rigorous health services research. Almost $1.2 million will go to three educational institutions that serve minorities in Hawaii, Tennessee, and Texas. This is an open grant solicitation.

The The Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity Program (BRIC) will enhance the competitiveness for research funding among institutions located in states where successful applications for funding has been historically low. Over $1.7 million for six projects will go to institutions in Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Utah, and a consortium involving Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. This is not an open grant solicitation at this time.

For information about specific awards, go to:

M-RISP Awards

Project No.: HS11618-01
Project Title: Health Services Research in Under-Served Populations
Principal Investigator: Freeman, Jean L
Project Officer: Benjamin, Shelley
Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
Location: Galveston, TX 77555-0136
First Year Funding: $402,300
Total Estimated Funding: $1,206,900
Funding Mechanism: M-RISP
Project Period: 09/30/01-08/31/04
AHRQ Officer/Center: Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy (ORREP)
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to increase the University of Texas Medical Branch's (UTMB) ability to conduct health services research with a focus on the medically underserved. The program would allow UTMB to increase the number of faculty who conduct health services research, recruit additional expert faculty, and strengthen its research capabilities.

Project No.: HS11627-01
Project Title: Hawaii Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program
Principal Investigator: Cadman, Edwin C.
Project Officer: Benjamin, Shelley
Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Location: Honolulu, HI 96822
First Year Funding: $332,663
Total Estimated Funding: $1,004,295
Funding Mechanisms: M-RISP
Project Period: 09/30/01-08/31/04
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to build a program at the University of Hawaii medical school that will evaluate ethnic health disparities in the State's Asian American and Pacific Islander population. The program would also provide mentoring and training to developing researchers, facilitate collaboration between Hawaii's health care organizations, and establish a nationally recognized mentoring group to assist in the implementation of research projects.

Project No.: HS11640-01
Project Title: Collaborative Minority Healthcare and Quality Research
Principal Investigator: Husaini, Baqar A.
Project Officer: Benjamin, Shelley
Institution: Tennessee State University
Location: Nashville, TN 37209-1561
First Year Funding: $444,956
Total Estimated Funding: $1,367,583
Funding Mechanisms: M-RISP
Project Period: 09/30/01-08/31/04
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to increase minority health care research programs at Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College. Other objectives include establishing collaborations with senior health services researchers at other universities and conducting research that helps to eliminate racial and ethnic health care disparities.

BRIC Awards

Project No.: HS11825-01
Project Title: Rutgers Center for Health Services Research
Principal Investigator: Crystal, Stephen
Project Officer: Anderson, Kay
Institution: Rutgers State University of New Jersey
Location: Piscataway, NJ 08854-8010
First Year Funding: $378,001
Total Estimated Funding: $757,565
Funding Mechanisms: BRIC
Project Period: 09/30/01-09/29/03
AHRQ Officer/Center: Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy (ORREP)
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to create a multidisciplinary health services research center for the state of New Jersey at Rutgers University. The center will allow researchers to build the State's expertise in health services research. This includes recruiting additional health services researchers to faculty positions, providing support for application development, developing a multi-use health database, and providing training, consultation and technical assistance to state health officials and Rutgers University faculty.

Project No.: HS11826-01
Project Title: Intermountain Child Health Services Research Consortium
Principal Investigator: Hoff, Charles J.
Project Officer: Anderson, Kay
Institution: University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84102
First Year Funding: $306,611
Total Estimated Funding: $577,161
Funding Mechanisms: BRIC
Project Period: 09/30/01-09/29/03
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this project is development of an infrastructure to generate and support a child health services research program with emphasis on children with special health care needs for the Intermountain West, which will be known as the Intermountain Consortium for Health Services Research. The effort will consist of three primary activities: development of the new Consortium, implementation of a faculty development program in child health services research, and conducting a study comparing a pediatric hospitalist system and traditional care on outcomes for children with special health care needs.

Project No.: HS11834-01
Project Title: LSU Health Services Research Program
Principal Investigator: Cerise, Frederick P
Project Officer: Anderson, Kay
Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Location: New Orleans, LA 70112
First Year Funding: $293,504
Total Estimated Funding: $586,880
Funding Mechanisms: BRIC
Project Period: 09/30/01-9/29/03
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this project is to establish the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Services Research Program, thereby increasing applied health services research in the State. The program will function as partnership between the university's medical school and an LSU unit that delivers health care to a million state residents, many of whom are uninsured and underinsured. Focusing on the translation of research evidence into practice, the program will be modeled on and collaborate with the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship program.

Project No.: HS11844-01
Project Title: Intermountain BRIC Consortium
Principal Investigator: Paita, Luis M.
Project Officer: Anderson, Kay
Institution: National Association of Health Data Organizations
Location: Salt Lake City, UT 84108
First Year Funding: $169,476
Total Estimated Funding: $368,909
Funding Mechanisms: BRIC
Project Period: 09/30/01-09/29/03
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to improve the infrastructure and capacity of five Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC)-eligible states (Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming). This will enhance their ability to compete for and be awarded health services research grants. AHRQ funding would go to the National Association of Health Data Organization (NAHDO) to create an Intermountain Consortium BRIC to produce, among other resources, standardized analytic tools, a Web-based clearinghouse and communications module, health quality indicators, and a research agenda.

Project No.: HS11845-01
Project Title: Kentucky Health Services Research Development
Principal Investigator: Beaulieu, Joyce E.
Project Officer: Anderson, Kay
Institution: University of Kentucky Research Foundation
Location: Lexington, KY 40506-0057
First Year Funding: $298,053
Total Estimated Funding: $623,052
Funding Mechanisms: BRIC
Project Period: 09/30/01-09/29/03
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to increase faculty research capability and grant-writing ability at the University of Kentucky by establishing the Kentucky HSR Development. Focusing on primary care, one of the participants in this Development program will be a new practice-based research network called the Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN).

Project No.: HS11849-01
Project Title: Mississippi Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity
Principal Investigator: Southward, Linda
Project Officer: Anderson, Kay
Institution: Mississippi State University
Location: Mississippi State, MS 39762
First Year Funding: $292,656
Total Estimated Funding: $595,370
Funding Mechanisms: BRIC
Project Period: 09/30/01-09/29/03
Officer/Center: ORREP
Project Summary: The objective of this research is to implement a partnership between Mississippi's child care and health care providers, Mississippi State University and the American Academy of Pediatrics to improve health care and health outcomes for underserved, low-income and minority children in the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Building Research Infrastructure Capacity (MSBRIQ) will develop a multidisciplinary health services research program for one of the poorest rural areas of the Nation to assess the quality of care available for these populations, assess their current health care needs, and improve the quality of care.

Current as of November 2001

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