Now well into its first year, AB Nexus announced a new round of grants totaling $550,000 for collaborative projects from researchers at CU Boulder and CU Anschutz that aim to improve human wellbeing through basic science and translational research approaches.
The grant program is supported by the president’s office and leadership at both campuses to create opportunities for CU Boulder and CU Anschutz experts to collaborate and drive innovation.
“The AB Nexus initiative continues to advance critical and innovative research that addresses issues affecting human health and quality of life. In the process, it demonstrates the power of inter-campus collaboration and the far-reaching impact of research happening at the University of Colorado,” said CU President Mark Kennedy.
In its second funding cycle, the bi-annual AB Nexus research collaboration grant program is awarding a total of eight teams–six new collaborations that represent innovative research topics and two teams that will advance existing collaborative work in new directions.
“It is wonderful to see these new and creative project collaborations between researchers at CU Anschutz and CU Boulder via the AB Nexus program,” said Thomas Flaig, MD, Vice Chancellor for Research CU Denver | Anschutz. “I believe there is great continued growth potential in these interdisciplinary interactions.”
Research teams selected explore transformational ideas that are poised to capture external funding. AB Nexus enables these teams to acquire preliminary data needed to pursue larger opportunities.
“Awarded teams showed how they will leverage this initial AB Nexus support to attract future external funding,” said Terri Fiez, vice chancellor for research and innovation at CU Boulder, “including timelines for pursuing specific calls for proposals that often grow in scale and impact.”
The Spring 2021 cohort of eight projects embodies these AB Nexus goals, with examples including:
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AB Nexus is funded jointly by the CU Office of the President, the CU Anschutz Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the CU Boulder Research & Innovation Office.
In addition to the grant program, which will accept a new round of proposals in fall 2021, AB Nexus provides a variety of resources, including personalized support from partnership specialists, proposal development assistance and funding search training, among others.