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ATSU manages a diverse portfolio of research, service, and educational grant awards from many prestigious funding sources. As shown in the following graphics, ATSU received nearly $3.9 million in grant awards (representing 45 individual sponsored programs) from federal, state, foundation, and internal sources for the most recent fiscal year, ending June 30, 2020.

Sources of grant support

Grant awards by category

The following provides a sampling of ATSU’s extramural grant awards:

  • US Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded the ASHS physician assistant (PA) program 2 new, 5-year grants. The first award provides $3 million in scholarships for Recruiting, Retaining, and Placing Disadvantaged Students as Primary Care PAs in Underserved Communities, a collaborative effort with ATSU enrollment services and diversity & inclusion. The second—a $1.4 million Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grant—funds Primary Care Physician Assistants as Change Leaders: Improving Access to Quality Behavioral and Mental Health for the Nation’s Rural and Underserved.
  • HRSA awarded SOMA a $1.99 million, 5-year PCTEgrant to launch the Primary Care Transformation Executive fellowship, which prepares healthcare providers to address social determinants of health, improve population health, and enhance primary care in America’s community health centers (CHCs).
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded a KCOM faculty member a 3-year, R15 grant to conduct a research study entitled Atomic-scale refinement of CFTR and TAAR1 molecular models for the study of drug binding.
  • A $1.7 million, 5-year Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene HRSA grant supports ASDOH’s efforts to expand innovative interprofessional education, including training initiatives enabling the School’s dental students to train collaboratively with SOMA medical and ASHS physician assistant students in didactic and CHC-based clinical settings.
  • A 3-year, $150,288 Vitalyst Foundation grant to ASHS supports the Maricopa County Hearing Screening & Assistance Project, which seeks to expand availability of affordable hearing services to low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations.
  • Express Scripts Foundation awarded MOSDOH a $25,769 grant to support provision of dentures and partial dentures for 45 individuals through the Missouri Veterans Project (MVP).
  • A 5-year, $1.2 million HRSA PCTE grant supports KCOM’s efforts to better prepare osteopathic medical students to reduce health disparities and barriers to care for vulnerable populations, improve patient engagement, and become leaders in the Primary Care Workforce Competencies endorsed by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. 
  • An ASHS faculty member holds an NIH-National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke R15 grant to conduct a 3-year research study entitled Multi-limb Control in Parkinson’s Disease: Implicit and Explicit Control of Attention.
  • A KCOM faculty member holds a 5-year NIH-National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases R01 grant. Via the multiple PI model, a KCOM pharmacology faculty member conducts this study with 2 collaborating researchers at Pennsylvania State University-Hershey.
  • A 5-year, $1.99 million HRSA grant supports a SOMA training initiative entitled Pathways to Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration in the Nation’s Health Centers: Creating Master Adaptive Learners Where the Need is Greatest.
  • The St. Louis Senior Fund awarded a 3-year, $875,958 grant to MOSDOH for delivery of comprehensive dental treatment and patient navigation services for eligible seniors in the St. Louis metro area, helping to improve the success rate for patients returning to full functional dentition and continuing oral maintenance/preventive care.
  • Delta Dental of Arizona awarded ASDOH $50,000 to support Smiles across Pinal County, a community-based oral health outreach project, serving students in the Apache Junction Unified School District.
  • Funding from the Centers for Disease Control supports collaborative work between the National Association of Community Health Centers (prime recipient) and SOMA researchers on the Million Hearts: Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes in Primary and Dissemination of the Cancer Screening Transformation projects.
  • HRSA awarded a 5-year, $5+ million competing cooperative agreement to KCOM, to support continuation of the Missouri Area Health Education Centers 2017-22: Statewide Network for Interprofessional Health Care Workforce Development and Practice Transformation in Rural and Underserved Missouri. This Federal award also leveraged support from the State of Missouri via the Support for Missouri Area Health Education Centers Network grant, consisting of over $1.2M in grant funds over a 3-year period.
  • ASHS faculty secured 2 awards from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for projects entitled Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions and Observation of Social Determinants of Health and Former Residents’ and Employers’ Perceptions of the Impact of Residency in Athletic Training.
  • A State of Missouri award continues to support for the Northeast Missouri Regional Arthritis Center, Year 36.