Internal Grants Supported by the Office of the Sciences
The purpose of the Bridge Funding Program is to sustain faculty research programs
between extramural grants. The School recognizes the importance of providing ongoing
support to extramurally funded faculty researchers, even during periods when their
extramural funding has been depleted. Unexpected delays that occur during the process
of reapplying for continued funding could potentially compromise ongoing faculty research
programs. Principal Investigators (PIs) understand that extramural funding is essential
to sustaining vital research programs; however, the School deems it important to provide
bridge funding, in certain circumstances, to those PIs who are eligible.
The aim of this program is to provide a modest level of "seed" funding for faculty
to initiate research programs and obtain preliminary data. By participating in the
program, faculty will gain experience in grant writing, project design and project
execution. It is anticipated that data obtained and experience gained from participation
in the program will help faculty compete for larger extramural grants. It is also
expected that data obtained from these "seed" grants will be published in scientific
journals and presented at scientific and professional meetings to aid in the scientific
development of the faculty.
The equipment grant is an opportunity to secure funding for the purchase of capital
equipment. The funding varies and is not guaranteed each year; however, every effort
is made to identify sources of financial support for capital equipment purchases.
A Research Center is a program within the School of Pharmacy that attains extraordinary
recognition for the School through superior research that produces measurable outcomes
valued within and beyond TTUHSC. Because the available funding for these Centers varies
each year (and is not determined until the Governor signs the appropriations bill),
there are no absolutes regarding how many Centers are funded or for how long. Typically,
one to two Research Centers is selected for funding each year. That funding may extend
into a second year of support, but that also depends on available financial support.
The Women's Health Research Institute of Amarillo is a joint effort of the Texas Tech
University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Northwest
Texas Hospital, West Texas A&M, Amarillo College, the Harrington Cancer Center, and
the community. Major goals of the Institute are to advance our knowledge of women's
health issues and to facilitate collaborative development of research in a wide range
of problems that affect women's health. The Institute is instrumental in developing
research programs that bridge departments and institutions. It strives to merge the
world of clinical medicine with basic and applied research. Anyone may apply from
the Amarillo community concerning topics of interest to women's health. Preference
will be given to proposals if they involve more than one community or health care
institution and/or school within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.