COBRE: UID: Program Administration & Faculty Mentoring (FY 2008)
This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. The subproject and investigator (PI) may have received primary funding from another NIH source, and thus could be represented in other CRISP entries. The institution listed is for the Center, which is not necessarily the institution for the investigator. The Administrative Core has facilitated interactions and collaborations among COBRE investigators by organizing weekly lunches during which provide an opportunity for informal discussions, the exchange of information, joint problem solving, the coordination of research activities, and bimonthly oral presentations of progress made in research projects. To broaden the knowledge and skills of COBRE-funded investigators monthly seminars were sponsored in which nationally prominent researchers were invited to campus to meet with COBRE faculty and students, and present lectures on the findings of their research. In addition, COBRE faculty, staff, and invited guests participated in a 2-d retreat in January 2004, in which the expectations of faculty funded by COBRE and strategies to develop extramurally funded research programs were discussed. The mentoring of faculty, particularly with regard to the preparation of research grant proposals was reviewed. The Administrative Core facilitated new biomedical research initiatives by funding personnel so that preliminary data needed for NIH proposals could be obtained. In one case this investment has directly led to the submission (and probable funding) of a proposal to NIH. The Core also funded sabbatical leaves for two faculty members with expertise in statistics and theoretical mathematics so they could gain knowledge in subjects pertinent to COBRE-funded research. This was also a deliberate effort to build expertise in computational biology by creating new opportunities for individuals who might otherwise not be competitive for NIH grants. This have proven to be good investments as both individuals are preparing manuscripts and grant proposals that will be submitted in the coming months.