Building a Foundation for Research Success
- Faculty Hires
- Post-Docs, Grad Students
- Equipment & Cores
- Advanced Research Computing & Analytics
- Compliance (EHS, IRBs, etc.)
“As a major research university, we are committed to pursuing the truth, wherever it might lead. . .
In order to lead in research, we must improve our research infrastructure, make it easier for faculty to work together, and focus particular attention on addressing some of the world’s most critical challenges.” - A Great and Good University, The 2030 Plan
See UVA Today article here
To develop a prioritized list of infrastructure investments that we would like to make in the short term (1-3 years), medium term (4 – 6 years), and longer term (7+ years).
Some of these will be investments that UVA plans to make using institutional funds; others will be aspirational, based on access to extramural funding, philanthropy, or state funds.
The communication working group will focus on external communications that support the research mission. Public relations, marketing, and communications to promote visibility and reputation of UVA research. They will consider the range, organization, and integration of communications across the University, focusing on communications to support UVA’s research mission broadly defined. Will also recommend policy changes or cultural/organizational changes that would improve and support communications about UVA research.
The space working group will consider and prioritize the possibilities of increasing quality of and/or square footage of different types of space (wet labs, collaborative space, etc.) in the disciplines across the University, as well as specific buildings. Will also recommend policy changes and cultural/organizational changes that would improve the efficient and effective use of space and improve research outcomes.
The Research translation for Impact working group will consider the infrastructure necessary to help translate UVA research into treatments, products, and policies, and ensure their dissemination & impact. This could include support for commercialization and entrepreneurship, support for the development of interventions and clinical trials, and support for translation of research into policies or other types of solutions that will impact the public good. Will also recommend policy changes and cultural/organizational changes that would improve and encourage such translations.
This working group will consider resources to support post docs and graduate students in the disciplines across the University. They will also recommend policy changes and cultural/organizational changes that would improve the logistics of recruiting and conducting research with post docs and graduate students. Recommendations about curricular matters or the educational component of the grad student/post doc experience are not within the scope of this working group. The group will also consider faculty policies, practices and professional resources.
The cores working group will consider the range, organization, and integration of cores and equipment across the disciplines and schools, particularly what types of cores are needed and how they are managed. Will also recommend policy changes and cultural/organizational changes that would improve the efficient and effective use of cores and improve research outcomes.
The extramural funding and research administration working group will consider the size, organization, and integration of the various entities across the University that help acquire and administer extramural funding for research. This includes OSP (broadly defined), Research Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and others. They will also recommend policy changes and cultural/organizational changes would improve the acquisition and administration of extramural funding. This group has three sub-groups:
Pre& Post Award and Foundations Process for submitting and administering grants and contracts, including central OSP and unit-based research administration.
Compliance Federal requirements, COI, Export controls, data security, IRB, Animal welfare, etc.
Research Development Facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.
NOTE: Research Computing/Data analytics - part of Core work group.