Announcing the Next Round of AIAC Grant Opportunities

I am pleased to announce a second round of internal grant opportunities through our Academic Investment Advisory Committee (AIAC) Tier 3 funding process. The Tier 3 funding is a direct and significant outcome from the Medical School’s partnership with Fairview Health Services and will continue to grow and strengthen the M Health Fairview partnership. Our purpose is to invest in our academic mission and our faculty in order to advance health and healthcare through the Medical School and our academic health system.

The winter 2020 AIAC awards will advance each of our three missions to energize and catalyze new areas of health research, promote innovation in medical education, and improve clinical care. Each Tier 3 program will focus on specific priorities to achieve our goals. We have expanded the opportunities in this round, thanks to helpful feedback, in order to reach more faculty impacting our mission in different and equally important ways.

Academic Investment Clinical Quality Program (AICP)
In recognition of our significant needs in advancing our quality work, the AICP in this round will focus on a project(s) that improves observed mortality rates due to sepsis.

Academic Investment Education Program (AIEP)
We will expand opportunities through the AIEP to include grants focusing both on high-impact, high-yield return on investment for our education programs, as well as smaller scale grants that catalyze and stimulate new and exciting areas to research, scholarly, and creative work in our education programs.

Academic Investment Research Program (AIRP)
The AIRP will provide funding for successful projects in four categories: 1) Center/program projects from interdisciplinary teams of accomplished investigators; 2) Individual investigator awards for junior faculty; 3) Proposals from interdisciplinary teams for equipment purchases and grant support assistance that will benefit investigators across the Medical School; and 4) Small-scale research projects from Master Clinicians or faculty on the academic track.

Again, we are grateful for the robust participation in our first round and are impressed with the high-quality proposals. We intend to continue that momentum with this round and encourage innovative ideas from Medical School faculty from all ranks.

For questions, please contact Vice Dean Tim Schacker (AIRP), Vice Dean Mark Rosenberg (AIEP) and Dr. Sayeed Ikramuddin (AICP).