The Institutional Development (ID) Core team is working with the University's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), to coordinate and implement an extensive assessment of all 'entities' at CSULB contributing to original research and scholarship, and student research training opportunities. These entities include colleges and departments, centers and institutes, specialized facilities, instrumentation, and analytical cores, and regional resources (e.g., specialized services, or expertise available at other universities or agencies). The findings of this work are critical for the shaping and development of the new Strategic Plan for Research Infrastructure (SPRI) for CSULB.
The SPRI is intended to help all of us to leverage and integrate existing strengths, reduce costly redundancies while increasing resource sharing, and facilitate cross-campus cooperation and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The long-range goal is to develop and sustain a top caliber, high- capacity research environment that bolsters faculty research programs and student research training and education. Such a strategic plan has never existed at the university, and it is timely given our current strengths, and readiness to advance.
Two principal health-related research clusters assist the SPRI process. These include Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) and Behavioral Health Sciences (BHS). While there is ample potential for interdisciplinary collaborations between these clusters, the general infrastructure needs of the two are relatively distinct.
SPRI Process in the BSE Disciplines
Instrumentation and technologies resources are commonly located in research laboratories and in instrumentation or research core facilities. These assets form a foundation for improving research infrastructure. The process includes the following components:
- The BSE Infrastructure Committee includes broad disciplinary expertise in addition to ORSP leadership and off-campus entities
- The BSE-RTC, with the guidance of the BSE Infrastructure Committee, ID Core Directors, and ORSP are undertaking an extensive inventory of campus-wide instrumentation, facilities, expertise, and other resources existing on campus that support BSE research disciplines. This endeavor includes site visits and interviews across the campus and eventually off-campus
- The SPRI process commenced in 2015 and outcomes include planning for acquisition of future capital instrumentation and other investments, for sharing of maintenance and repair costs across campus units, and will help to identify where campus resources should be emphasized to advance BSE research. Off-campus options at our R1 partner institutions (and elsewhere) will also be identified (with negotiation for reduced rates where possible)
- Going forward, the BSE-RTC is responsible for maintaining and updating organization of BSE-related research resources, facilitating access through developing a new Research Resources and Training Web Portal and providing technical training opportunities for students and faculty (see Technical Training Opportunities)
See also: BUILD's Investments in CSULB.
SPRI Process in the BHS Disciplines
Many faculty and students in these units are engaged in research related to health disparities and minority/community health, which often include significant participation by urban community members and organizations. Unlike the heavy instrumentation requirements in BSE disciplines, infrastructure in BHS involves more need for specialized human resources that serve to facilitate community-based research and data management challenges. There is a critical need to develop a centralized structure to coordinate resource-sharing and investments, and to foster research collaborations across colleges, and centers/institutes, as well as with outside partners.
- The BHS Infrastructure Committee includes broad disciplinary expertise in addition to ORSP leadership and off-campus entities
- The BHE-RTC, working with the BHS Infrastructure Committee, ID Core Directors, and ORSP are undertaking an extensive inventory of campus-wide expertise, facilities, and other resources on campus that support BHS research. This endeavor includes site visits and interviews across the campus and eventually off-campus.
- The SPRI process commenced in 2015 and outcomes include plans for cost-sharing to support specialized personnel and relevant BHS research equipment and resources, broad accessibility of resources to faculty and student researchers, and collaborative research opportunities
- Going forward, the BHS-RTC will serve to coordinate research resources and reduce redundancies/ share costs, foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and development of research skills and implementation, and expand access to research resources including via development of the new Research Resources and Training Web Portal and providing technical training opportunities for students and faculty (see Technical Training Opportunities)
See also: BUILD's Investments in CSULB.