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Dean's Research Innovation Fund


Designed to promote clinically-relevant research by medical students, residents, fellows, and junior clinical faculty in the School of Medicine, the Dean’s Research Innovation Fund will award up to five grants per year for up to $10,000 per award.

Eligible projects include those designed to produce preliminary data to support larger extramurally funded research pursuits, to stimulate collaborations between learners and faculty "sponsors," and to advance research projects by junior investigators.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Project proposed by students, residents and fellows require a faculty "sponsor" from either the Division of Biomedical Sciences or Division of Clinical Sciences (ladder rank, in residence, clinical X, or health sciences clinical professor series).
  • Before any work can begin, proposals for projects involving human subjects require approval by the UCR Institutional Review Board (IRB) and any other relevant IRB or other approvals.

Criteria for Selection

  • Well-thought out and clearly explained research hypothesis.
  • Strong experimental design and clear explanation and justification of the types of data collected.
  • Explanation of the statistical methods to be applied to the data.
  • Explanation of the approach and analysis of the results.

The proposals will be reviewed by a committee of research and clinical faculty and staff chaired by Senior Associate Dean David Lo. At the end of the project, each awardee must write a brief one- or two-page report on the results of the work actually accomplished, even if it has not been written up for publication.

There will be two deadlines each academic year – September 30 and March 31. A two-page proposal, including budget, may be submitted by e-mail to