Funding and Support

R13 grant

from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

awarded to University of Texas Health San Antonio

Over the years, this effort has benefited from generous support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Education Testing Service. We have also enjoyed productive collaborations with  the National Academies of Sciences, American Society for Cell Biology, The American Society of Plant Biologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Long Island University. In July 2020, a R13 grant from the National Institute of Health was awarded to University of Texas Health San Antonio (UTHSA) that will provide support.

Grant will Support the Following

  1. Understanding Interventions will organize and implement an annual conference that will include training workshops, symposia, deeper dive sessions, poster sessions, and organized networking opportunities. Travel support will be given to enable the greater graduate student, post-doctoral, and junior faculty participation in conference activities.
  2. Understanding Interventions will provide outreach that takes interventions scholarship to five professional society meetings that have a history of being attentive to not only research but also training in broadening participation. These meetings include but are not limited to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Experimental Biology (EB), Society for Neuroscience, and American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Physics (API), or The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). It will aggressively advertise and market the annual conference to those disciplines not historically well represented such as chemistry, physics, computer science, and engineering.
  3. Understanding Interventions will host webinars that provide skills development and aid in dissemination of research on broadening participation in science.
An enhanced and interactive Understanding Interventions website that will: a) facilitate linkages among members of the understanding interventions (UI) community; and b) feature an accessible and searchable internet-based annotated database of Interventions articles and other resources. This will expand the dissemination of broadening participation research.
An online/email-based publication that distills and disseminates research findings, development opportunities, and general announcements to provide an additional platform for growth of the Understanding Interventions community. Social/behavioral sciences, student affairs, and professional societies and organizations such as the American Association of University Professors, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Association of American Universities that influence higher education will be added to the annual conference list and receive the newsletter.

Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier. Life expectancy in the United States has jumped from 47 years in 1900 to 78 years as reported in 2009, and disability in people over age 65 has dropped dramatically in the past 3 decades. In recent years, nationwide rates of new diagnoses and deaths from all cancers combined have fallen significantly.

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We thank our funders and collaborators for their generous support and efforts in building a solid foundation for this very important work.