A collaboratory is a creative group process designed to solve complex problems that brings the opportunity for new organizational networks to form. 

A collaboratory methodology expands the scope, scale, and impact of public health research. A successful collaboratory leads to a sustainable research initiative such as a large research, service or center grant proposal that bolsters and builds upon areas of research closely linked to the CPH’s three areas of excellence: rural health, comparative effectiveness research, and community engagement.

Participation in the CPH Collaboratory occurs through a competitive application process.  The process includes completion of a Letter of Intent and completion of an application. University of Iowa faculty with a primary appointment in Public Health and CPH Research Staff are encouraged to apply for this unique funding opportunity.

Letters of Intent

Now accepting Letters of Intent through March 17, 2023.

This award is intended for newly established or establishing collaborative teams that desire to critically explore a current public health challenge. The team lead must have a primary faculty appointment in the UI College of Public Health. All faculty with a primary appointment in the CPH are invited to apply.  Junior faculty are highly encouraged to apply. Primary consideration is given to applicants with public health ideas that are aspirational, innovative, multidisciplinary, and will likely lead to a first RO1 for junior faculty or to a center grant,  multi-site RO1, training grant, or other external large grant funding for more senior faculty. Anticipated funding sources can be federal, foundation, or private.

Current Collaboratories

Rural Cancer

Learn more about our Rural Cancer Collaboratory.

Iowa Immunization Research Network

Learn more about encouraging immunization in Iowa.

Climate and Public Health

Learn more about the nexus between climate change and public health.

Substance Abuse

Learn more about Iowa Substance Abuse Use Data Set (I-SUDS).


Learn more about exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides.

Perinatal Health

Learn more about the Neonatal and Pediatric Biorepository.