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Research Development and Enhancement Program

15.99.99.Z1.02 (IP)

Approved February 25, 2004

Revised November 02, 2005

1. OVERVIEW

The Texas A&M; Health Science Center strives to develop and maintain outstanding programs of research in the health sciences in order to create new knowledge and technology, as well as to train future basic scientists, clinician-scientists, and educators. Outstanding research programs require an infrastructure that will support individual and collaborative, interdisciplinary research activities by the faculty, staff, and students.

An overriding goal of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) is to stimulate, coordinate, and facilitate efforts to develop new initiatives and enhance existing research programs within the HSC. Four general strategies are used by the OVPRGS to accomplish this goal.

1.1. Provide leadership and support to the faculty at each of the HSC components and centers that will result in development of new extramurally-supported investigator-intiated research and research training programs, and further enhancement of existing programs.

1.2. Encourage and facilitate integration and coordination of interdisciplinary research and training programs between HSC components and centers, as well as with other academic, clinical and community-based health institutions.

1.3. Provide support through cost sharing mechanisms of development and ongoing maintenance of shared research core facilities, both within the HSC and between the HSC and other research institutions and agencies.

1.4. Encourage and coordinate scholarly interchanges between HSC components and other academic, clinical and community-based health institutions through research seminars, scientific retreats, mini-sabbaticals, visiting scientist programs, and special courses and workshops for the purposes of improving the research infrastructure and advancing outstanding research programs.

It is understood that each of these strategies to develop and enhance new and existing research initiatives and infrastructure may require financial support from a variety of internal sources, principally in order to leverage additional funds from extramural sources. Internal sources of funds should include: academic departments/centers and institutional components as well as the OVPRGS. Through thoughtful and judicious allocation of financial support, each of these administrative units is able to stimulate research that is concordant with the priorities of the components and of the HSC as a whole.

2. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCEMENT AWARDS

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies provides Research Development and Enhancement Awards in order to stimulate and support four primary categories of research initiatives.

2.1. Research Development Grants. Awarded primarily to generate pilot data in support of applications for extramural grant funds.

2.2. Research Infrastructure Grants. Support for acquisition of large research equipment and development of core research facilities. Comprehensive mechanisms of cost-sharing and availability of matching funds from HSC departments, centers, and components, as well as external institutions and agencies, are principal considerations in this award.

2.3. Scientific Program Grants. Meetings, symposia, and workshops designed to explore and stimulate development of new research initiatives within the HSC.

2.4. Research Exigency Grants. Emergency funding necessary for unforeseen circumstances with existing highly productive research programs.

3. REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS
Priority for funding of Research Development and Enhancement Grants, Research Infrastructure Grants, and Scientific Program Grants is placed on:

3.1. Collaborative, interdisciplinary initiatives that involve two or more components of the Health Science Center or affiliated external agencies.

3.2. Initiatives that provide opportunities for leveraging funds from the HSC to enhance possibilities for additional extramural funding of research and scholarly activities.

In all cases, award and level of support depend on availability of funds and appropriate commitment of matching funds and cost-sharing from HSC components and other academic institutions and agencies.

All grants in the Research Enhancement and Development Awards Program are competitive awards that are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, need, and priorities of the Health Science Center. Recommendations for funding are made to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies by the Research Advisory Council.

4. ELIGIBILITY

The Research Enhancement and Development Awards Program is primarily to be used by tenured and tenure-track faculty to develop and enhance their academic careers through research program development. However, non-tenure track research and clinical faculty may also be eligible for Research Enhancement and Development Grants in special circumstances provided they have the recommendation and support of their department chair and associate dean/director of research.

5. APPLICATION PROCESS

Requests for applications for Research Development Grants and Scientific Program Grants will be announced periodically. Applications for Research Infrastructure Grants and Research Exigency Grants will be accepted at any time.

Detailed information concerning the procedure for applying for grants from the Research Development and Enhancement Awards Program is available from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

OFFICE OF RESPONSIBILITY

Vice President for Research