Our science, communication and funding are completely intertwined; each piece of the puzzle plays an equal role in the BRI’s overall success. We are constantly making progress in all of these areas by setting up a staff and infrastructure that reflects our mission. In the near future we hope to gain more resources as well as more space for research at BWH, in order to plan strategically to advance monumental and life changing collaborations. The BRI supports all investigators and all research, and strives to support a culture of innovation and discovery. At BWH, science is part of the cure.
The Brigham Research Institute’s mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by fostering groundbreaking, interdepartmental, and interdisciplinary analysis within Brigham and Women’s Hospitals’ research community. Furthermore, the BRI cultivates a foundation of integrative research within the hospital and with the rest of the world. The BRI was established almost 10 years ago in response to a strategic plan that included the input of numerous individuals among Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These people came together to identify three areas of need: science, communication and funding; all of which have contributed to the development of the Brigham Research Institute.
In science we bring individuals together across departments, who would not have been connected otherwise, such as researchers and physicians in a wide variety of disciplines. Our culture, which involves a large exchange of information within the hospital, has created a collaborative and innovative environment for our researchers and community at BWH. In order to effectively connect people, the BRI contains 10 research focused centers that are open to any researcher in this area looking to form collaborations and develop their work through seminar, symposia, funding-opportunities and other resources. The incredible scientific research happening at the Brigham on a daily basis creates a unique and powerful collaboration among researchers and clinicians.
Communication within the Brigham community and visibility among the rest of the world is important to the BRI. We are constantly developing our infrastructure, expanding our online presence and raising the visibility of the research enterprise associated with the Brigham and Women’s reputation. We have become a world renowned institution and intend to live up to those standards. The BRI strives to drive collaboration between the Brigham and among the rest of the world.
In terms of funding, we have been diversifying our funding portfolio extensively. Proportionally, the BWH’s NIH funding has decreased; we have recently established other funding sources (philanthropically, VC funding) which have had big implications on indirect cost for the institution.