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SALSI Postdoc Initiative: Pilot Program

Program Overview

The SALSI Postdoc Initiative (PDI) announces a pilot project program that brings together innovative postdoctoral research fellows from UTSA and UTHSCSA to collaborate on the development of novel solutions that will ultimately advance research directions in targeted disease areas which impact the south Texas region (e.g., diabetes, asthma, allergies, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury). This initiative aims to benefit both postdoctoral fellows and their faculty mentors by introducing new technologies, expanding the research focus and yielding data for new innovative research proposals. No preliminary data are required.


Postdoctoral fellows from both UTSA and UTHSCSA must have 4 years or less of postdoctoral training. The project proposal must include 2 postdoctoral fellows (one from each institution).

Funding Limits

One $25,000 award split equally between the postdoctoral fellows will be funded from August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015. Roll over to the next fiscal year is not allowable and project extensions are not allowable. Funding that is not spent or encumbered by July 1, 2015 will automatically revert back to the originating office.

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SALSI Clusters in Research Excellence

The global issues and challenges that research institutions are working to address are complex and occur at the intersection of disciplines. In order to make advancements in research there must be an integration and convergence of disciplines. The San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) solicits applications for participation in the FY2015 Clusters in Research Excellence program. This program aims to develop strategic research clusters bridging The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (HSC) over a 12 month period through capacity building and collaborative, interdisciplinary research. To this end, SALSI will establish and support two institutionally driven Clusters of Research Excellence in key thematic areas of strategic importance. Clusters will be expected to enhance collaboration, expand interdisciplinary research capacity, and significantly raise the international research profile and competitiveness of both institutions.

As clusters will be expected to foster cutting-edge research of national and global impact in areas of major significance, SALSI has identified six overarching thematic areas. These areas capture the breadth of research and scholarship between the two institutions and are recognized as established areas of research excellence. It is expected that the projects will include interdisciplinary collaboration with the main focus on a Research Area of Excellence.

Research Areas of Excellence:

  • Neurosciences
  • Regenerative Medicine and Drug Discovery
  • Big Data Analytics in Health Care
  • Advanced Materials
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases Public Health Policy

SALSI expects to fund two Clusters of Research Excellence with approved joint budgets up to $300,000 each. It is anticipated that two projects will be funded for a grant performance period of September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015.

Notice of Intent Deadline: June 25, 2014 to

Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2014 by 5:00pm

(Awarded funds will be available on September 2014)


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