Our research and innovation programs focus on prevention, health monitoring and rehabilitation. We have more than 120 faculty members in seven different departments who collaborate on research programs that address everything from cardiovascular health to neurological diseases to orthopedics to aging to pediatrics and so much more. We collaborate across our University and with external partners — in the health sciences and an array of other disciplines. We also emphasize the importance of ‘education as research’ and seek better ways to develop a workforce for today’s healthcare; we find better and more innovative ways to teach students and prepare them for careers. Our long term goal is to contribute to a ‘Healthy Delaware’ and develop best practices that advance healthcare across the nation and across the globe.


The College of Health Sciences supports a number of shared research facilities housing specialized scientific instruments and services.


Dedicated to conducting first-rate research that spans across a variety of research topics, our interdisciplinary labs engage faculty and students from across the university. 


Find out more about participating in studies run by our labs. These studies provide important research for a wide range of conditions. 


Innovation, Health & Design

The primary mission of the Innovation Health & Design Lab is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for various patient population through design. Their research starts with patients and empathy – they meet with members of the community to design, develop, and test wearables that will enhance patient health and overall wellbeing.  Wearables include clothing, wearable technology, protective equipment, and rehabilitative or medical devices.  Their goal is to design wearables that address the broad spectrum of patients’ needs and to highlight the importance of patient-centered design in health sciences.


CHS Preliminary Data Grant Program

The CHS Preliminary Data Grant Program is focused on aiding faculty in acquiring preliminary data for an upcoming grant submission.  These are not pilot grants instead they are designed to fill gaps in preliminary data to support the aims directly linked to a panned extramural grant submission in the next 12 months.  CHS investigators can request up to $10,000. For more details please contact Dave Edwards (

External Peer Review of Grant Proposals

CHS investigators can apply any time for up to $500 to assist with external peer review of developed extramural proposals.  For more details please contact Dave Edwards (

Grant Writing Support

The UD Research Office recently announced a pilot program to support proposal editing and graphic support for faculty with research workload who have not received federal funding in the last 5 years.  The initial pilot program runs from 5/1/2018 – 6/30/2019.  See the link below for more information.

Contact Dave Edwards ( with any questions

Biostatistical Support

For more information, visit the biostatistics page. 

CHS Equipment Fund

The College of health sciences will make funds available  on an annual basis to support the acquisition, repair and/or replacement of shared equipment located and maintained in CHS departments.  The due date for proposals is October 1, 2018.  Please see the RFP and proposal template for more details. 

CHS Equipment Proposal Template
CHS Equipment Fund Details 

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