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KY NIH-IDeA Program

Federal Program's Inception

The 1993 NIH Revitalization Act (P.L. 103-43) authorized the National Institutes of Health to establish an EPSCoR-like program with in the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). IDeA was designed to broaden the geographic distribution of NIH funding for health research.  As authorized by Congress, the program’s intent is to enhance the competitiveness for research funding of institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant applications to the NIH. The 24 IDeA-eligible states are: Alaska, Kentucky, Nevada, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Delaware, Maine, New Mexico, South Carolina, Hawaii, Mississippi, North Dakota, Vermont, Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico.

Kentucky's Research Center and Program Awards:

The IDeA Program is carried out through the following two programs of which Kentucky has active awards under each :


COBRE                                                                      KBRIN

KY's Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)        Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network


Impact of the NIH IDeA Program:

Between 2004 - 2014, Kentucky had nine (9) active, long standing Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) in the fields of: Women’s Health, Oral Health, Spinal Cord Injury, Birth Defects, Disease Prevention, Cancer treatment, Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes & Obesity and Bioinformatics. Collectively, the total federal funding awarded by NIH to Kentucky for these Centers comes to $196 million from 2000-2015. Since 2001, KY's IDeA Awards have employed 916 people including 515 students, 135 junior investigators, 140 faculty & postdocs, and 126 staff & technicians. IDeA funding has brought $2.7 million of scientific research equipment to KY facilities, from which recipients have produced 1,679 publications, made 1,192 presentations to local, national & international audiences, and secured an additional $280 million through 500 new extramural research grants.