T32 Renewed for Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

The UNC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the renewal of the T32 training grant that funds its “Interventions for Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness” training program for five more years.

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Award — or T32 — is an institutional training grant designed to prepare qualified individuals for scientific careers that have significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation.

Now in its fifth round of funding, the School of Nursing’s T32 program has been producing renowned nurse scientists for nearly a quarter century.

First established under the direction of Dr. Merle Mishel in the 1990s, the program is designed to equip pre- and postdoctoral trainees with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to develop a program of research that will lead to improved outcomes for people at risk of, or living with, chronic illness.

With this latest renewal announced in June 2016, the program will focus on abbreviating the time taken for research to enter into practice by emphasizing the development of interventions that are designed with practice in mind, as well as focused study on dissemination and implementation science.

Dr. Sheila Santacroce and Dr. Jennifer Leeman will direct the five-year, $2.41 million T32 program, which funds stipends, health insurance, and some professional travel and other research-related expenses for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. T32 trainees enjoy mentorship from School of Nursing faculty, as well as those at top-ranked UNC academic departments, health affairs schools and centers, including the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NC TraCS, UNC Center for Bioethics, and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Through the guidance provided by the T32 program, I have begun thinking of myself as a nurse scientist. It has empowered me as I move forward in the doctoral program,” said Becky Salomon, current predoctoral trainee.

“The renewal of this T32 training grant well positions the UNC School of Nursing to continue its important work of producing some of the nation’s best nurse scientists and effective and high impact nursing science on chronic illness,” said Interim Dean Donna Havens. “We’re thrilled to be able to serve the health needs of North Carolina and the broader world in this way.”

UNC is one of just 17 schools of nursing in the United States to receive T32 funding from NINR and is tied for #2 with UCSF for duration of T32 funding.