The Office of Research (OoR) seeks to support research at the School of Medicine. This includes the infrastructure, communication and development necessary for a strong and growing research enterprise. Collaboration is one of the great strengths of UNC-Chapel Hill's research enterprise and the SOM investigators, who have numerous projects and programs with investigators across campus. Thus the OoR works closely with many different units and offices throughout the institution. The Office is led by the SOM Vice Dean for Research, Dr. Blossom Damania. For further information about the OoR team, please see People. For information on the multiple committees with which the OoR interfaces, please see Communication, under About. For the responsibilities and activities with which the OoR is engaged, please see Research.
As part of the School of Medicine Strategic Plan, the OoR has partnered with TraCS to support translational pilot projects engaging new translational research teams across the SOM. The multi-phase Translational Team Science Awards (TTSA) were initiated in 2013 and have supported a diverse group of basic science and clinical teams. Please go to the Research Funding section for more information on the TTSA grant process and TTSA research teams. The next call for concepts will be in Fall 2016.
In the Spring of 2016 the School initiated the Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR) as a new pilot project mechanism. The intent of the new awards is to provide support for innovative, early stage research relevant to NIH priorities. The supported projects are expected to lead to submission of novel interdisciplinary program project grants and multiple PI R01s by UNC SOM investigators. The Spring 2016 challenge is to capture braod interdisciplinary expertise of SOM faculty relevant ot emergent insect-borne diseases. It is anticipated that future funding challenges will be aligned with high profile research objectives such as concept clearances from NIH institutes and the Common Fund. Awards will provide up to $60K for a 1 year period. For further information and the Spring 2016 recipients go to the Research Funding section.