Collaboration in Action Program

The Louisiana State University System, through the LSU Agricultural and Mechanical Campus, and in collaboration with Our Lady of the Lake Health, has launched a new, unprecedented research opportunity called Collaboration in Action (CAP). Generously funded by Our Lady of the Lake Health, LSU's Championship Health Partner, this program seeks to advance research in the priority focus areas of Cardiovascular Disease and Care, Comprehensive Cancer Care, Trauma and Neuroscience, Chronic Respiratory Disease, and Sports Medicine and Performance. With the leading causes of death in Louisiana being heart disease, cancer, accidents, and chronic respiratory diseases, this RFP is seeking proposals from researchers who can conduct advanced basic, clinical, and translational science research that can further discovery in these aforementioned areas. Our Lady of the Lake Health and LSU are working together to achieve measurable improvements in health outcomes by addressing these conditions, which impact Louisiana citizens disproportionately.

Our Lady of the Lake Health / LSU RFP

Scope and Funding

  • The Research Focus Areas for this funding cycle include the following:
    • Cardiovascular Disease and Care
    • Chronic Respiratory Diseases
    • Comprehensive Cancer Care
    • Sports Medicine and Performance
    • Trauma and Neuroscience
  • Funding of $10M is allocated over the next six years to advance creative and collaborative research projects in Priority Areas discussed in this RFP as well as research that addresses health disparities.
  • CAP-2024 competition will fund up to six projects per year with budgets not to exceed $250,000 per year per award.
  • Future funding will be based upon evaluation of progress for projects funded under this RFP as well as likelihood of additional federal funding.
  • Research projects specifically proposed in this CAP-2024 competition cannot be concurrently funded by another source.
  • In addition to quarterly updates, an Annual Progress Report and a presentation at the CAP Annual Meeting is required to demonstrate research progress and effective and promising results.
  • The date for the annual presentation meeting will be announced in the future.


Proposal teams must be led by a Principal Investigator(s) holding a full-time faculty appointment at an institution within the LSU System. Research teams that include at least one collaborator who is an Our Lady of the Lake Health physician or physician scientist will be considered highly responsive to this RFP.


  • All applications require a letter of intent due by 11:59 PM CST, March 26, 2024
  • Full proposals due by April 30, 2024

Applications & Guidelines

Applications should be submitted through the LSU Internal Grants & Competition Portal.