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
- 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,
Peter Koch, PhD
Jennifer Richer, PhD
Rachael Van Pelt, PhD
Terri C. Carrothers
Richard Johnston, MD