(December 2015) The University of Colorado School of Medicine is poised for
significant achievements in the years ahead and we are taking steps to
ensure our faculty, students and staff can fulfill our mission to
improve function, relieve suffering, and increase longevity of those we
This fall, I announced the Transformational Research
Funding initiative to support development of multidisciplinary research
programs that will make a significant impact in their area of focus and
will attract additional talent to the School to work together
developing new knowledge.
More than 60 letters of intent were
submitted by our faculty and final applications are due in December. We
are convening a panel of external experts to review the applications
and we will select and support no more than four proposals, each with a
budget of between $10 million and $20 million over a five-year period. I
expect to announce our selections in January at the State of the School
The ideal proposals are ambitious and emphasize
collaboration. They build on our strong foundation here on the Anschutz
Medical Campus and are large enough in scope to raise our national
stature. We believe that funding these proposals will position CU as a
leader in cutting-edge and emerging fields, attract extramural funding,
help recruit and train outstanding faculty, enhance education and
training and positively impact human lives and society in Colorado, the
nation and the world.
These activities will strengthen the
education we provide. We already are training excellent new physicians,
scientists, physical therapists, physician assistants and other health
care professionals and the funded projects will attract additional
talented students to our School.
When the University of Colorado
Board of Regents met on the Anschutz Medical Campus last summer, I
discussed what made becoming Dean of the School of Medicine such an
attractive opportunity. The problems we have here are related to
managing growth, in contrast with many other academic medical campuses,
where leaders are fighting to hang on to what they have.
faculty clinical practice has been a source of strength that has allowed
for much of our growth, our research programs have remained competitive
in a tough funding environment and our philanthropic support has been
increasing. We aim to make all of these sources of support even
stronger. We believe that the Transformational Research Funding
initiative will help with all those efforts.
The hard work of our
faculty and the smart investments of those who built the An-schutz
Medical Campus have started the wheel turning and it’s my job to
increase the RPMs. Working together, we will make it happen.
With warm regards,
John J. Reilly, Jr., MDRichard D. Krugman Endowed Chair
Dean, School of Medicine Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs University of Colorado