Discover — Plan

A key aspiration of our five-year UCI Health Strategic Plan is to achieve distinction in all facets of basic, translational, clinical and outcomes research. The strategic plan emphasizes multidisciplinary and inter-professional approaches like “ensemble” science that focuses on high-priority biomedical challenges facing healthcare. By collaboratively bringing together experts across a number of disciplines, UCI Health will improve the rate of discoveries and breakthroughs, which will in turn translate to better individual and population health.

To achieve our aspiration for research distinction, UCI Health has selected the following nine (9) goals and has initiated three (3) strategies for fiscal 2017 and 2018.

All highlighted strategies are currently active.

Goal 1

Rejuvenate and grow a robust research faculty at all levels, including recruiting top researchers with a track record for extramural funding.


  • Rejuvenate and build research faculty — Recruit basic, translational and clinical researchers who will have the maximum impact on the missions of the School of Medicine and the UCI Health clinical enterprise.
  • Fund new positions — Identify additional opportunities to fund new positions in collaboration with the clinical enterprise.
  • Mentor researchers — Create and fund a mentorship program to help our research recruits members achieve their goals and to monitor their successes.

Goal 2

Advance research resources to enable state-of-the-art research.


  • Develop research resources and support infrastructure — Develop resources to conduct state-of-the-art research; enhance infrastructure for sponsored projects, both before and after receiving extramural awards. Infrastructure includes statistical, computing, data management and informatics support.
  • Enhance and expand clinical trials — Expand infrastructure to support clinical trials; maximize institutional coordination of research activities, including clinical trials.

Goal 3

Integrate clinical and research strengths that have the potential for extramural funding and philanthropy, for clinical growth and for advancing population health.


  • Grow research strategically — Support research based on strategic considerations, including existing areas of strength, emerging opportunities and technologies, and new areas of clinical focus.
  • Link researchers and centers — Encourage faculty members to link themselves with existing, funded clinical research centers.
  • Advance population outcomes research — Build partnerships to advance population-based outcomes research with communities that have a strong interest in research; develop the means to ensure that faculty members have protected time for research.

Goal 4

Incentivize and support research efforts for all School of Medicine faculty members.


  • Grow knowledge and translation (KT) awards — Increase the number of institutional KT awards.
  • Mentor junior faculty — Provide incentives for faculty members to mentor junior faculty and supporting their grant development.
  • Allocate time for clinical faculty research — Identify clinicians who have a strong interest in research and develop the means to ensure that they have protected time for research.

Goal 5

Expand research opportunities for trainees.


  • Integrate research into undergraduate and graduate medical education — Integrate research opportunities within Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and Graduate Medical Education (GME), as well as for post-doctoral candidates, to foster greater interest in research.
  • Mentor clinical trainees in research — Develop a research mentoring program specifically for clinical trainees.

Goal 6

Grow existing research collaborations and develop new ones across health sciences’ disciplines (Nursing, Pharmaceutical Science and Population Health).


  • Enhance cross-school collaboration — Create mechanisms to foster research collaborations across health science disciplines that will garner new and incremental funding.

Goal 7

Grow industry-sponsored research, philanthropy and other non-government funding that benefits our academic mission and the university, while preserving our current funding sources.


  • Expand UC and other partnerships — Enhance partnerships with other University of California campuses and with other organizations that will enhance our research opportunities.
  • Develop new funding — Develop industry, foundation and non-National Institutes of Health funding opportunities.

Goal 8

Develop our intellectual property.


  • Enhance UC Irvine’s Applied Innovation Collaboration — Design programs with the university’s Applied Innovation Collaboration to support the needs of the School of Medicine, including the development of intellectual property.
  • Monetize intellectual property — Enhance the support and training of faculty members the rest of the UCI Health community about the importance and advantages of protecting and monetizing intellectual property.

Goal 9

Incentivize and reward approaches to team/ensemble science.


  • Increase cross-departmental submissions — Develop incentives and identify best practices that foster collaboration and improved communications across departments and will result in increasing the submission of joint grants.