CSU Sacramento -- November 10, 2003
NIH Grant to Help CSUS Secure Funding
A five-year $375,000 grant from the National Institute of Health may put
California State University, Sacramento in the driver's seat for obtaining
future federal funds.
As part of the grant, nursing professor Bonnie Raingruber, director of the
University's Center for Health and Human Services Research, was selected as
one of four professors in the country who will take part in a five-month
residency program to learn the rigorous process of applying for NIH grants.
She'll then oversee a multi-year effort to increase College of Health and
Human Services faculty and student participation in NIH-sponsored behavioral
and biomedical research.
Raingruber will be in residence at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Md., going to
what she jokingly calls, "researcher kindergarten." It's a rare opportunity to
sit in on scientific review sessions and go on site visits to see what the NIH
looks for in awarding grants. Raingruber will then use the information to teach
CSUS students and faculty how to develop proposals.
A second part of the grant will provide $37,000 per year in seed money for a
faculty research fellows program. Each year, the program will help up to six
faculty members obtain the data necessary to qualify for an NIH grant. The
funding can be used to hire student research assistants, purchase equipment,
travel or pay for statistical or qualified data analysis.
A third part of the grant will provide mentors for the faculty research
fellows - researchers from other institutions who are nationally recognized
in their fields. The mentors will receive a stipend to critique research
proposals, as well as provide support to CSUS faculty members.
Raingruber expects to have her first faculty fellows in place by 2005.
For more information, contact Raingruber at (916) 278- 5417. Media assistance
is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.