McGovern Medical School and Rice University announce a joint neuro and behavioral seed grant program to encourage new collaborations between Rice and UTHealth researchers. Three grants of up to $60,000 each, to be shared by Rice and UTHealth researchers, will fund initial research into critically important neuro and behavioral-related health problems. The organizers encourage researchers and clinicians from McGovern Medical School to apply.

The program aims to develop new collaborations between Rice and McGovern, and proposals for existing collaborations will be considered. Grant applications are due April 15. Details on the initiative can be found here: https://creativeventures.rice.edu/neuro-related-joint-seed-grant.

The announcement capped a Feb. 19 gathering at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative to discuss current research by the institutions in neuroengineering, integrative neuroscience, and brain and mind relationships.

The McGovern effort is led by Nitin Tandon, MD, professor of neurosurgery, and Laura Goetzl, MD, MPH, professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences. The Rice partnership is spearheaded by the Educational and Research Initiatives for Collaborative Health (ENRICH), which is led by Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and adviser to the provost, and Stacey Kalovidouris, executive director for the office of the adviser to the provost. ENRICH was established in 2016 to engage faculty in strengthening research and educational collaboration between Rice and other members of the Texas Medical Center.

“We have forged a wonderful collaboration between the medical school and Rice University,” said Barbara J. Stoll, McGovern Medical School dean and H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor. “I look forward to the fruitful results of these collaborations.”

This is the second round of collaborative seed grants between Rice and UTHealth. In 2017, three teams received grants to study children’s health in such areas as sickle cell disease, diaphragmatic hernia, and spina bifida.