SIUE is poised to have significant impact in biomedical and biobehavioral research (BBR) both regionally and nationally. The University has a unique mix of healthcare and associated disciplines regionally, offering nearly 20 graduate and professional degrees in the biomedical and biohavioral fields.
To further SIUE’s impact, the University received funding from the National Institutes of Health Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) program to expand institutional capacity to support research in health-related fields. The BRAD grant program “promotes the establishment of rigorous and externally supported biomedical and biobehavioral research” by strengthening the research administration infrastructure of institutions and consequently their research faculty.
Named BRIDGE (Building Research Initiatives to Develop Grant Excellence), the SIUE project is creating a network of researchers in BBR across the University and between SIUE and regional research intensive universities that will aid in the retention of highly-qualified faculty and students in the biomedical and biobehavioral fields.
Regional partners include:
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Saint Louis University
- University of Missouri St. Louis
- SIU School of Medicine
The increased research activity and collaborations resulting from the project will provide unique experiential learning opportunities for students and mentoring for graduate students and junior faculty. With SIUE’s long history of service to the people of the metropolitan St. Louis and southern Illinois regions, many of whom live in the most economically depressed areas in the state, the project has the potential to increase substantially the quality of life in the region while creating significant research results.