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Drexel University - Wills Eye Partnership

I'm pleased to announce a new collaboration between Drexel University and Wills Eye Institute, an organization poised to become the nation's research powerhouse in ophthalmology. From stem cells and subretinal implants to iStents and femtosecond lasers, Wills Eye leadership in clinical research is without peer.

In a joint effort to strengthen our relative positions in translational research, we have developed a relationship with Wills Eye to combine the talents and skills of our faculty and students with Wills Eye to stimulate even greater innovation and possible commercialization opportunities. This inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary collaboration will bring new resources and expertise to researchers at both institutions in areas such as biomedical engineering, health informatics, and population health.

Drexel and Wills Eye are each providing matching funds designed to promote collaborative research. We expect to fund two to three collaborative projects, each project funded for up to $25,000. Projects will be funded for one year in duration. Details about the specific research areas to be funded can be found in the Wills RFP on Office of Research's new website by visiting the Funding Opportunities page and searching for keyword "Wills".

Prospective applicants must form teams led by both a Drexel researcher and a Wills Eye researcher. To be connected with a scientifically compatible Wills Eye researcher, Drexel faculty should submit a one-page whitepaper on their prospective project to Michael Edwards at no later than 5:00pm Monday, April 1, 2013. Drexel researchers who already have Wills Eye collaborator should include that information in their white paper. Full proposals will be prepared on behalf of the team by the Wills Eye researcher and are due on or before April 19, 2013.

Please give this unique and exciting opportunity your full consideration. We believe the synergy between the two organizations has the potential to reshape ophthalmology and healthcare for the 21st century and to foster the breeding ground for next-generation researchers. We greatly appreciate your interest and participation in this exciting collaboration.