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Intramural Research Support through the School of Medicine

The Research Enhancement Fund (REF) of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine is an intramural resource that supports the research endeavors of the School’s faculty members. It consists of three programs: (1) a Bridge Grant Program, (2) a New Project Grant Program, and (3) Laboratory Supplements for Competitive Proposals Program.

The objective of the REF is to improve and to enhance research productivity and environment of the School of Medicine. In order to accomplish these objectives, the REF will be used to support, on a short-term basis, meritorious projects submitted to the Grant Evaluation Committee throughout the calendar year. The Bridge Grant and the New Project Grant Program are awarded to investigators by the Dean of the School of Medicine based on the review and recommendations of the Research Enhancement Fund Grant Evaluation Committee. The deadlines for submission are March 9, July 9, and Nov. 9.

The purpose of the Laboratory Supplements for Competitive Proposals program is to provide direct laboratory support for investigators submitting grants to the NIH, NSF, or DOD that receive a competitive score, and for achieving funding for a major extramural research project. There are no deadlines for this program.

Additional information on each of these programs can be found through the School of Medicine Research Website on the Institutional Research Grants link.