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UGMS Professor Hits the Rare Perfect Score of the National Institutes of Health, USA

NIH grants are one of the most competitive research grants in the world, and attract thousands of applications from leading researchers in the United States and other countries. A perfect score on an NIH grant is so unusual; it signifies an incredibly impactful, innovative and well-written grant with no weaknesses. This is what Professor Eric Sampane-Donkor, Head of the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), achieved on a UE5 application to the NIH in March this year. This grant application, which involves the use of bioinformatics and disease modelling to address crucial aspects of zoonoses and foodborne infections in West Africa (The ZOOFOOD Project), received the rare perfect score, as it was deemed “exceptional” by the NIH’s Centre for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel. The perfect impact score of 10 (highest score possible) received on this grant application submitted from the University of Ghana ranks among the top one percentile of all grants ever submitted to the NIH !


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