Rutgers Global Health Institute awards Global Health Seed Grants to faculty conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary activities that address health inequities in New Jersey and around the world. Our aim is to help faculty pursue new ideas and seed expanded research and funding.

The recipients of the 2020 Global Health Seed Grants have been awarded up to $10,000 each in partnership with Rutgers Global. These five faculty-led projects, which will be funded and implemented during the 2020–2021 academic year, address COVID-19 testing, HIV prevention, opioid misuse, school readiness, and urban health inequity.


Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

A Cross-Sector Partnership to Promote Equity in School Readiness
Manuel E. Jimenez, MD, MS, FAAP
Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Development of a Mobile Health App to Improve the Safe Use, Storage, and Disposal of Opioid Medications
Ann D. Bagchi, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, APN
Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing

Development of an HIV Prevention Group Intervention for MSM Migrants in South Africa
Edward J. Alessi, PhD, LCSW
School of Social Work

Development of an Ultrasensitive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Detection Method Using Upconversion Nanoparticle-Based Biosensing
KiBum Lee, PhD
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences

Transdisciplinary Intergenerational Community Engagement Model for Senior Health Promotion in Greater Newark
Diane Hill, PhD
Office of University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers University–Newark