To fulfill IAHC research priorities and goals, a collaborative research environment will be fostered and supported. Faculty will have access to a large, multi-disciplinary, integrated health care delivery system with dominant market share and a commitment to healthcare innovation, community engagement, health promotion and disease prevention.
The following resources will be available to support research and scholarly activities:
- IAHC Scholars Program – Clinicians and researchers will have access to an IAHC Scholars Program designed to foster and support collaborative research and scholarly activities as well as facilitate mentoring relationships for junior faculty and students. The program will facilitate identification of research expertise aligned with the three research portfolio areas of the Institute. The program will provide a conduit for aligning collaborative research opportunities among clinical, academic and industry partners. Scholars will address a health care “theme” that contributes to one or more of the three strategic research portfolio areas, and will be supported in their research development, implementation and dissemination activities. Prospective Scholars will complete the IAHC Scholars Interest Form that captures their research expertise/interest. This information will be captured in a searchable database and posted on the IAHC website to facilitate collaborative research.
- IAHC Research and Scholarship Support Program – The purpose of the program is to provide financial support for pilot research and scholarly activities with potential to contribute to transforming health care and position IAHC Scholars to be competitive for extramural funding. Pilot projects addressing one or more of the three Institute portfolio areas may compete for funds up to $30,000. Recipients will be required to disseminate their work locally, regionally and/or nationally and must agree to serve on the application review panel for the next competition.
- Health Sciences Quality and Research Team – The Health Sciences Quality and Research Team (HSQRT) will foster and support research and scholarly activities of the Greenville academic campus. This team will provide expertise in research administration across the Greenville academic campus and with all collaborative partners. Key infrastructure will be designed to support research activities on campus and appropriately linked to each academic partner’s research infrastructure.
- Office of Research Compliance and Administration (ORCA) – The Office of Research Compliance and Administration (ORCA) oversees all human research using three Institutional Review Committees. Each committee is comprised of members with scientific expertise in the specific research domain of the committee. In March 2010, GHS received full accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), one of only four such designations in the state of South Carolina. The GHS ORCA, having converted all IRB activity to electronic submission and review, now serves as a statewide Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) resource for eIRB implementation – a major initiative of the aforementioned HSSC research collaborative.