What We Are Doing with $60M…

Dean Wilkes has committed $60M to the strategic hiring initiative (SHI) to recruit 30-32 new faculty (with an emphasis on physician-scientists) over the next 5 years. The goal of this initiative is to substantially increase external research funding and to enhance our national prominence.

research_microscope_03042016To do this, the SOM is enabling departments to successfully recruit premier, established investigators with a strong track record of accomplishment, bringing research programs of strategic interest backed by strong, active funding, to UVA. These investigators are expected to either complement current programs or serve as a nucleus to establish new programs of strategic interest, and to link clinical and basic departments through joint appointments. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who catalyze our research themes of organ transplant, precision medicine, metabolic disorders, and regenerative medicine, which were developed with broad faculty input.

Start-up packages (5 years) will be funded in Year 1 by the dean’s office. In subsequent years, departments and the School will share the costs. Packages will be up to $3.75M in support per hire — 64% of which will come from the dean’s office, 36% from the departments. Funds flow will assist in this process, as Medical Center revenue will be provided based on research activity.

Candidates for the SHI must be supported and nominated by at least one clinical and one basic science department. Here is the process for nominating a candidate:

  • Collaborating departments will identify a potential candidate specific to this initiative.
  • Candidates identified in the process of ongoing searches, who might be suitable for the SHI.
  • Application packet should include a nomination letter, support letters from chairs/directors, CV, nominee alignment with strategic initiatives, department/center resources available, and budget (to be developed iteratively).

The SHI committee, co-chaired by Dr. Kodi Ravichandran and me, will review the nominations from chairs/directors. It will recommend which nominees should be pursued and will provide feedback to help originating units in generating future nominations.

If you have questions regarding the Strategic Hiring Initiative, please contact Dr. Ravichandran (kr4h@virginia.edu) or me (mas3x@virginia.edu).

Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research

Comments

  1. Denise Annie Way says:

    I am happy to hear UVA will be bringing in already established researchers in clinical medicine. I am currently clinical faculty at UVA and have found that with our standard work load– we are not afforded time to do research. Can we also be supported in trying to make research happen at UVA? Getting research going takes time and we do not have that time since we are seeing patients and being productive with clinical care. We have a patient base, ideas for research, a place to do research, yet are not able to get footing in funding nor are able to move forward with research “Unless it is on our own time and if we can find a donor to support our research”. I am curious about how clinical faculty can bridge over to starting and continuing research. Who is it that we can talk to about this prospect? Thank you. Dr. Denise Annie Way

    • bpm3q@virginia.edu says:

      I’m so pleased to learn of your interest in how you can make that bridge between your clinical work and research. This is where you’ll need to talk to your chair, who is balancing the needs of all three missions at the departmental level. Your chair can explain how research is supported in your department (e.g., protected time, pre- and post-award administration), offer guidance on how your research concepts aligns with the department’s direction and your own academic development, and connect you with others who have made this transition and/or have similar research interests. One option to consider is to collaborate with an established clinical investigator to make a contribution to ongoing work.

      Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
      Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
      Professor of Medicine
      Senior Associate Dean for Research