From the desk of Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Distinguished University Professor and Dean
I am committed to supporting all faculty in expanding their respective scholarship, enhancing competitiveness for external funding support and nurturing innovation in inquiries to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and our communities.
Evolving a fully supportive structure for scholarship in the College of Nursing and Health Professions will require a bit of time so that we can engage in strategic planning, and put into place the refinements needed to our infrastructures including a review of workload structures, our grant submission procedures and so forth. While we proceed with a thoughtful, inclusive approach to moving forward and addressing gaps, concerns and issues, I believe different strategies can be implemented now to help support and move forward scholarship.
To this end, I am introducing a new initiative - The Dean’s Rapid Response Relevant (R3) Grant Mechanism for full-time faculty only. This mechanism is designed to promote a rapid learning health scholarship enterprise (see Riley et al. Clinical and Translational Medicine 2013, 2:10)
In the four months since I have been Dean, many of you have approached me with exciting pedagogical, clinical, and use-inspired scholarship ideas. The purpose of this R3 mechanism is to provide small funds, on a biannual basis, to support short-term (rapid) projects that have potential to yield critical data or demonstrate proof of concept that in turn can contribute to seeking other sources of funding to grow a program of scholarship.
Please note, this mechanism complements and does not replace other internal sources of scholarship support at our College and in the University. The number of projects funded will depend upon a number of factors including their significance and potential, the total budgets requested and available funds. My hope is to fund 2 to 4 grants in this first call and second round, evaluate progress and then determine next steps for this type of mechanism. Click here for application details.
I look forward to your feedback about this mechanism and to reviewing your submissions.