to fund biomedical research
By Fariss Samarrai
The Ivy Foundation, a new independent
foundation presently endowed at $7 million to assist the University's
biomedical research efforts, will soon begin considering proposals
to fund innovative studies in the biomedical sciences.
"The Ivy Foundation is dedicated to helping the University
fund its top priority research projects in the biomedical sciences,"
said William C. Battle, a retired Charlottesville businessman
and attorney who chairs the foundation's board. He served on the
U.Va. Board of Visitors from 1976 to 1980. "We are looking
for first-rate research that will seek answers to some of the
most important problems in health and medicine."
University, in partnership with the Ivy Foundation, has developed
a grant competition to support highly innovative research initiatives
that enhance biomedical research priorities recommended by the
University's 2020 Science and Technology Planning Commission.
information about the grants will be available soon on the Web
site for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Public
Service. (See www.virginia.edu/researchandpublicservice)
areas, as recommended by the commission, include biodifferentiation
-- an emerging field of biomedicine which seeks greater understanding
of how cells, tissues and organs acquire form and function, and
of the cell processes that lead to disease conditions such as
cancer and diabetes. The ultimate goal of such research is to
prevent the development of disease or to find the most highly
"Ivy Foundation funds will support individual researchers
or multidisciplinary groups of researchers from across the University
who are trying to solve important basic or applied problems in
biomedicine,² said Gene Block, vice president for research and
public service. "Most awards will be made on a one-year basis,
though multi-year support will be considered based on successful
yearly progress. Proposals will be considered annually."
criteria for selection of the awards will include: scientific
merit; relationship of the research to the University's strategic
research priorities; potential for additional federal, foundation
or industry funding; and potential for the creation of intellectual
Office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service will
begin taking faculty proposals in late fall, and the first award
announcements are planned for January 2001.