School of Medicine Office for Research
Wayne Backes, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
The role of the School of Medicine (SOM) Office for Research is to help our investigators begin and maintain their research programs and to foster interactions among our faculty to enhance their scholarly activity. These roles include (1) managing the SOM-sponsored intramural funding programs, (2) increasing communication among our faculty through the Faculty Interests Database,
(3) reviewing our Core laboratory facilities, (4) monitoring and assisting in management of research space, and (5) coordinating the mentoring program for our junior faculty. We have had a recent addition to our office with the recruitment of Jessica Riche, who serves as Research Coordinator to assist in maintaining these programs.
Intramural Research Programs – A major focus of the Office is to coordinate our Intramural Research Programs, which are in place to assist our faculty in obtaining and maintaining extramural funding.
The Bridge Grants Program:
(http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/research/docs/Bridge%20Grant%20Program%2012-17-14.pdf) is designed to allow faculty to maintain their research activities in the event of a temporary break in funding. Faculty can request up to $75,000/year for up to two years through this program by submitting a short proposal that will be critiqued by an internal review committee. Eligibility for is for full-time faculty.
The New Project Program:
(http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/research/docs/New%20Project%20Application%2012-17-14.pdf) is designed to provide short-term funding for new ideas that can lead to major extramural support. This is a one-year program with a funding limit of $75,000. Eligibility is for full-time faculty.
The Clinical Research Grant Program:
Recently approved by Dean Nelson, this program recognizes that many of our clinical research projects may not be as evolved as projects from the Basic Sciences. Eligibility for this program requires the PI to be an M.D. clinician, and collaboration with a Basic Science co-investigator is encouraged when appropriate. Clinicians can request budgets of up to $75,000, which can be spent over a 2-year period.
Laboratory Supplements Program:
Faculty who have successfully obtained major NIH, DOD, or NSF funding are eligible for the Laboratory Supplements Program, which consists of a $20,000 supplement that can be used to purchase laboratory supplies, equipment and personnel. Faculty simply need to submit their award notice to our office.
Resident Research Opportunities Program:
The newest program that has been put in place, the goal of this program is to provide institutional support to foster resident research and scholarly activity. Eligibility requires the applicant to be an LSUHSC School of Medicine resident with a departmental commitment to provide matching funds for the project. The School of Medicine will provide up to $2,500 for each resident project.
Louisiana Collaborative Biomedical Research Program:
For the past three years, the School of Medicine has collaborated with the LSU Main Campus to sponsor the Louisiana Collaborative Biomedical Research Program. Eligibility requires investigators from each campus to propose a joint project. Project budgets of up to $75,000 can be requested.
Junior Faculty Mentoring
When recruiting faculty, the School of Medicine makes a commitment to their success. Junior Faculty Mentoring is coordinated through our office, to augment the mentoring programs in the departments. Although the program initially began to help basic science faculty, it has been expanded to provide mentoring for any interested clinical faculty. Interested faculty need only to submit their CVs and answer a few questions about their career objectives, and the Mentor Selection Committee will assist in identifying mentors to allow them to achieve their professional goals.
Communication among Faculty and Facilitating Research – The School of Medicine Office for Research is committed to facilitating research and scholarly activity. This is most visibly done by sending emails regarding research opportunities, and sometimes of technical personnel who are looking for research positions. However, our office also tries to increase communication among faculty through the Faculty Interests Database (https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/faculty_interests/SearchResearch.aspx), which is a searchable resource to allow our faculty to locate individuals who have expertise in a particular clinical or research area, or even have specific equipment items available. The office also oversees our Core Laboratories (http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/research/core.aspx), which are in place to increase faculty research productivity. Our office is also responsible for handling research space issues, and providing information on renovations, and their impact on faculty research activity.
All of this information can be found on the Research Webpage (http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/research/), which we tried to make a “one-stop” resource for faculty research activity. It includes information on the Research Incentive Plan, the research space policy, Strategic Plan, and links to compliance issues that are managed through the HSC Office of Research Services.
As a final thought, each of these programs involves significant commitments from our faculty in the form of reviewing grants, serving as mentors, serving on the oversight committees, and updating clinical and research information on the Faculty Interests Database. We truly appreciate your continued cooperation and assistance with these programs. If you have any questions related to research or mentoring, please feel free to contact our office, either through Jessica firstname.lastname@example.org, or me email@example.com.