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Strategic Infrastructure for Research Committee

School of Medicine Research Development

The Strategic Infrastructure for Research Committee (SIRC), created in 2003, reviews 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 and productivity of the School of Medicine's research and have improved the cost-effectiveness of the Dean's Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF).
Applications for ongoing cores must include a plan for sustainability. This committee is advisory to the Dean.

Research Development solicits SIRC applications quarterly. Through the June 2014 review the SIRC process has made 64 awards totaling $12.7 million in Dean’s funds, and 6 additional 2-to-5-year awards to projects from the 2009 research retreat totaling $7.3 million.

The Office of Research Development normally calls for applications quarterly. Please see the latest Application Form for more information.

SIRC-approved research infrastructure includes:

  • Core facilities in high-throughput genomics and metabolomics, advanced light microscopy, tissue banking, small-animal imaging, mouse behavior, and the Clinical-Translational Research Imaging Core.
  • Core programs granting an MS or PhD in medical science for medical & graduate students and faculty, year-long mentorship in outcomes research, biostatistics & bioinformatics support, patient databases in pregnancy & developmental disabilities, and a biorepository.
  • In FY ’13-’14 a total $1.28 M was allocated for 10 awards, including support for ultrasound imaging of the heart and vasculature, a cell sorter for the Cancer Center, preservation of campus mouse models relevant to cardiovascular disease, and an ultra-high resolution light microscope.

Strategic Infrastructure for Research Committee

Scott Sagel, MD – Committee Chair

Tom Berl, MD

Richard Davis, PhD

Holger Eltzschig, MD, PhD

Adit Ginde, MD, MPH

Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD

Peter Koch, PhD

Jennifer Richer, PhD

Rachael Van Pelt, PhD

Terri C. Carrothers

Richard Johnston, MD