How IDeA Co-Funding Supports Early-Career Investigators


August 20, 2024

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) aim to distribute federal funding more evenly and provide research opportunities in states that historically receive low levels of funding. FASEB is launching a webinar series that spotlights various states and scientists that have directly benefitted from the IDeA and EPSCoR programs.

One of the mechanisms by which the NIH IDeA program supports eligible states is co-funding research project grant applications from investigators in IDeA states whose proposals received exemplary scores but fell just shy of the Institute or Center’s payline. To demonstrate the powerful role of this component of the IDeA program on research investigators, Eliseo Castillo, PhD, of the University of New Mexico will share how his latest R01 was co-funded by NIGMS now enables him to study how microplastic particles impact gastrointestinal and overall human health.

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Eliseo Castillo, PhD

University of New Mexico