The Strategic Infrastructure for Research Committee was created in 2003 and is designed to review proposals to fund research infrastructure that can be available as a core facility or program to all appropriate users on campus.
One of the major benefits of the SIRC process is critical peer review and the return of constructive comments that have strengthened the quality of the School of Medicine's research initiatives and have improved the cost-effectiveness of the dean's Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF). This committee is advisory to the dean.
The Office of Research Development normally calls for applications quarterly. Please see the latest Application Form for more information.
The committee approved 49 AEF awards totaling $10.75 million between 2006-10 including:
Core programs in bioinformatics and high-throughput genomics.
An MS in clinical sciences research for medical and graduate students and young faculty.
A year-long mentorship in outcomes research for the same group, proteomics and biostatistics cores, and a small-animal imaging core.
A fourth committee has made 67 bridge funding awards at a total expenditure of the dean’s funds of $3.2 million through April, 2010; the return on this investment in the form of subsequent major grants has multiplied.