Tomorrow's solutions today

At the Gillings School, we are impatient for change that improves public health. Our researchers focus on urgent challenges to generate tomorrow’s solutions today. Their work provides teaching and training opportunities for students while catalyzing a collaborative, creative environment for the world’s top scientists to discover, test and implement solutions to health threats and problems.

Research at Gillings

1+ Billion

In research dollars since 2013

NIH Ranking

Top Public School of Public Health for NIH funding

Local is Global

Conduct research in all 100 counties in N.C., 62 countries and 6 continents

Gillings Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research

About the award and how to apply

The purpose of the Health Equity Research award is to recognize excellence in research by faculty in the Gillings School of Global Public Health that advances solutions to health inequities. This includes research to understand, identify, and/or define modifiable and unjust factors that contribute to or sustain health inequity. Priority is given to research that has made a substantial impact to a sustained reduction in inequities and/or equitable outcomes in a pressing public health issue.

This is a new award that comes with a $2,000 prize. Funds will be transferred to the recipient’s department and can be used to enhance their research. In addition, the recipient will give a 15-minute campus-wide presentation during UNC’s 2020 Research Week held October 19-22, 2020.

Deadline to apply: September 25, 2020

Selection Criteria

All full-time faculty members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are eligible for consideration. Factors to be considered in judging excellence in research will be determined by the Gillings Research Council. For this round, department chairs will not be eligible to apply. Selection criteria include meritorious research related to health equity and include, but are not limited to, the following outcomes:

* Research has improved outcomes for groups affected by health inequities

* Demonstrated success in using the evidence base from their work to change systems that impact health outcomes

* Research impact has informed a system change approach to reduce health disparities

* Research has led to development of new methods that improve health equity research

* Research has resulted in an effective intervention, policy, or practice

Application Process

The focus of this award is on impactful research that creates systemic change that improves health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities. Nominees must provide the following by September 25, 2020 to researchsolutions@unc.edu:

* One page or less statement of how their work meets at least one (and as many as all) of the selection criteria above

* Full CV

With the information provided, the Research Council will prepare a recommendation to the dean, who will make the final decision about the award recipient. The associate dean for research will deliver the award during Research Week 2020.

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External Research Funding

The strength of the research enterprise at UNC Gillings is underpinned by both a $50 million Gillings gift in 2007 and an outstanding record of competing for externally sponsored grants and contracts. Our principal investigators received $193.7 million in external funding last year, bringing our total to $1.05 billion since FY13.

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