The Samueli Scholars Award Program is for current UCI faculty whose achievements show extraordinary promise to advance basic, translational, or clinical scholarship in integrative health and have a history of contributions of national distinction in their disciplines. Appointments are expected to have a three-year duration based on annual reappointment but may be renewed for up to 2 more years at the discretion of the VCHA, in consultation with the AVC Integrative Health. These superb faculty will advance the field of Integrative Health and may be in schools within or outside the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. We intend to appoint a minimum of two scholars in 2021.

Applications and nominations will be considered beginning on September 15, 2021.  The deadline for application is November 15, 2021.  Contact: Georgia Christodoulou, SSIHI research administrator, by a process outlined below. Scholars can be at any phase of their career although national distinction generally accrues for those who have achieved promotion to Associate or Full Professor. The first scholars will be appointed by the end of the calendar year.

The Samueli Scholar designation has support for research that focuses on integrative health, defined as areas of investigation aimed at accelerating evidence-based understanding and implementation of therapies for whole-person care.

Integrative therapies, as defined by the NIH, include use of natural products (e.g., botanicals, dietary supplements, and probiotics), mind and body approaches (e.g., mind/brain-focused practices like meditation and hypnosis, body-based approaches (e.g., acupuncture, massage), meditative exercise (e.g., yoga, tai chi), and art and music therapies. Integrative approaches can also address lifestyle interventions (e.g., nutrition) and behaviors.

At the end of the Scholar’s appointment, continued engagement with the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute (SSIHI), judged to be of sufficient impact by the VCHA and AVC Integrative Health, will permit designation as a Samueli Scholar Emeritus and offer the opportunity to apply for SSIHI pilot award funding.

The Samueli Scholar will attend SSIHI faculty meetings, present at grand rounds on an annual basis, participate in  Integrative Health research symposium and identify their affiliation in publications and presentations. Scholars will also be identified as SSIHI-affiliated faculty.

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Georgia Christodoulou, SSIHI research administrator,