Through the UMS Research Reinvestment Fund (RRF), a systemwide grand challenge pilot initiative was launched in fall 2019 with “Rural Health and Wellbeing” as its theme. While the theme was established before the global pandemic, it is now more relevant than ever. Three two-year pilot projects were competitively selected by the RRF Advisory Board from a field of 30 concept papers. These interdisciplinary and intercampus teams, composed of researchers from the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine, University of Maine at Augusta, and University of Maine at Presque Isle, were introduced at the January 2020 Board of Trustees meeting. During the last several months, the teams are identifying interdisciplinary solutions in biomedicine, telehealth, and injury prevention and are making excellent progress. The following report provides updates on each of the three grand challenge projects during the start-up phase of their two-year performance period.
Office of Research Development, "University of Maine System Rural Health and Wellbeing Grand Challenge Initiative, November 2020 Update" (2020). General University of Maine Publications. 2185.
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