iCREATE (Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe)

The goals of this project are to create a critical mass of injury researchers from multiple disciplines and to engage injury and violence agencies and stakeholders.

The specific aims to meet these goals are to:

  1. Train a critical mass of researchers from Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova to conduct innovative injury and violence research using advanced methods and analytic approaches.
  2. Facilitate the transition of trainees to positions of leadership and influence in their home countries through professional development and networking.
  3. Develop our partner institutions as sustainable Centers of Excellence in injury research and education.
  4. Engage international partners to translate the results of injury research into effective injury and violence prevention and treatment programs.

Based on the needs of our partner countries and expertise of the project leadership, we will focus on three areas: road traffic safety, violence against women and children, acute care.

While the home of the project is the University of Iowa, our partner countries – Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova – are strategically located between Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. These countries are ideally poised for this research because they are currently lacking research infrastructure but have growing public health infrastructures and have prioritized the need to address injury prevention.

Home of the grant and main coordinator of the project: University of Iowa



Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU), Armenia

State Medical and Pharmaceutical University (SMPhU), Moldova 

Tbilisi State University (TSU), Georgia


Duration: 01/10/2016 – 30/09/2021


Lead funders:

Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Budget: 281,721 USD