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Welcome to the Kansas Institutional Development Award (IDeA) website. I hope you will take some time to look around and learn more about how this national program benefits and promotes biomedical research in Kansas.

Since the year 2000, Kansas has received more than $190 million in awards from the IDeA program. Those IDeA investments have enabled our investigators to secure National Institution of Health grants and more than double the amount of funding coming into Kansas. The IDeA program is supported by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the NIH, which provides IDeA awards to enhance biomedical and behavioral research. The program fosters health-related research and helps investigators in states that rank in the lower half of biomedical research funding from the NIH become more competitive. By helping them enhance their research infrastructure and further develop their faculty, the IDeA program is currently supporting investigators from 23 states and Puerto Rico. The IDeA program accomplishes this through two main components, IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). INBRE grants serve to inspire outstanding undergraduates to pursue careers in biomedical research, enhance research capacity through faculty development and retention, and expand the biomedical research infrastructure among participating universities by bringing together institutions within a state to establish a network. To accomplish these goals, INBRE:

  • provides competitive funding to the state-based network
  • supports institutional alterations and renovations
  • provides funding for modern laboratory equipment
  • assists in the recruitment of new faculty.

COBRE grants serve to enable institutions to establish centers of excellence in specific biomedical research areas, with the ultimate goal of preparing investigators to compete for other NIH research grants. Areas of focus include developmental biology, epithelial cell physiology, protein structure-function relationships, drug development, genomics and microfluidics, infectious disease, and liver health and disease. To accomplish these goals, COBRE:

  • augments and strengthens an institution's biomedical research capacity
  • establishes core laboratories for service to local and regional institutions
  • develops a multidisciplinary research center with a thematic science focus
  • enables an institution to develop resources needed to conduct state-of-the-art biomedical research, with the ultimate goal of preparing investigators to compete successfully for other NIH research grants

Thank you for taking the time to visit this site. We hope you will check back often to learn more about the IDeA program's continued support of Kansas and the promise it holds for improving human health.

Doug Wright portrait National Institutes of Health logo
Doug Wright, Ph.D.