Successful National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Seed Grant Applications

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has recently completed their review of the Seed Grant applications. Decision letters of the winning trainees are released and distributed by Westat.

TIAN Maoyi and ZHANG Jing, trainees from the China Center of Excellence (COE), with their projects of "Electronic Decision Support System for Cardiovascular Disease Management in China"and "Verbal Autopsy Using Smart Phone for Cause of Death in Salt Reduction Study", both won the grant. The funding for each project will be around $20,000 for one year.

NHLBI received in total 25 applications and 13 applications from eight COEs (Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Guatemala, India New Delhi, Peru, South Africa and Tunisia) were finally awarded with a total $242,510 amount.

The Seed Grant program was initiated by NHLBI and UnitedHealth COEs, institutes focusing on improving methods to prevent and control chronic cardiovascular and lung disease in developing countries. Training young investigators is an important component of the COE program, since developing local talent is necessary to ensure sustainability. The Program aims at allowing trainees to have the experience of writing a grant application and executing the project, and also support trainee's project and research.

Congratulations to TIAN Maoyi and ZHANG Jing, and other winning trainees. Let's move ahead and strive for greater achievements.