Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator Award

The award supports recruitment and retention of senior-level, tenure-track researchers. Nominations will be considered on a rolling basis for the Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator Award.


The Dean’s Office of the School of Medicine is establishing a fund for the support of the Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator Award. Jeffrey Houpt is a Professor of Psychiatry, Dean Emeritus for the UNC School of Medicine, CEO Emeritus for the UNC Health Care System, and Director of the Program in Leadership Development. His research, teaching, and clinical interests examined the interface between psychiatry and medicine, particularly the role of human behavior and psychiatric disorders in the expression of medical disorders.   


The aim of the Award is to support recruitment and retention of senior-level, tenured/tenure-track researchers.


To be eligible for the program, tenured/tenured-track faculty must have achieved the rank of Associate or Full Professor. 


To apply, Chairs and Center Directors need to submit a nomination letter to the Dean’s Office articulating the reasons for the request, along with the CV of the individual being recruited or retained. In the case of a recruitment, the recommendation letters should be included. In the case of a retention, the most recent promotion letters should be included.  

Nominations may be submitted to Becky Medford at Nominations will remain open throughout the year and will be reviewed and decided upon as received. 

Expenditure of Award

The fund will offer $15,000/year for five years (with the option to renew for one additional term) towards the recruitment or retention of outstanding senior-level researchers. Unused funds can roll over to the next year.


A committee, comprised of the Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development (Chair), the Vice Dean for Research, and the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs, will review nominations and select recipients. The number of recipients will be dependent on applicant credentials and available resources.