The vision of the RCMI program is for Xavier University, in the next 5 to 7 years, to be seen nationally, not only for its eminence in graduating African American biologists, chemists, pre-med students and pharmacists, but also for its national prominence in research, particularly in the area of cancer research.
Xavier University of Louisiana is the only Catholic and historically Black university in the United States. Xavier's mission is to create a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service through education.
The RCMI program at Xavier is focused on our strengths in research on cancer, an area where there are significant health disparities between African Americans and Caucasians. Building from these existing strengths, we have identified five specific goals for RCMI significantly increasing University-wide research capacity. The RCMI will:
•Enable Xavier to increase the number and quality of competitive researchers by hiring mid-career and early-career level faculty and assuring they have the tools and support needed to become successful.
•Enhance the competitiveness of strategically selected existing faculty and programs. This will have measurable outcomes including quality publications and successful grant proposals aimed at mainstream funding opportunities.
•Provide additional research cores and services thereby expanding and enhancing access to critical resources that will lead to greater success of faculty research programs.
•Enable enhanced administrative services to assure research support activities meet faculty needs, provide new incentives and assure federal compliance requirements are met with minimal additional burdens being placed on faculty.
•Support selected pilot projects that will assist investigators who are at the “cusp” of becoming fully competitive, allowing them to take their research projects to a new level.
Xavier's RCMI funding is provided by the NIH through the NCRR. The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the tools and training they need to understand, detect, treat and prevent a wide range of diseases. NCRR supports all aspects of clinical and translational research, connecting researchers, patients and communities across the nation. This support enables discoveries made at a molecular and cellular level to move to animal-based studies, and then to patient-oriented clinical research, ultimately leading to improved patient care. Through programs such as the Clinical and Translational Science Awards, NCRR convenes innovative research teams and equips them with essential tools and critical resources needed to tackle the nation's complex health problems.
Role: RCMI Program Manager