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.
Launched in 2005, the BRI’s overarching mission is to accelerate discoveries that improve human health; supporting strategies include fostering groundbreaking, interdepartmental, and interdisciplinary research, ranging from basic fundamental studies to clinical innovations. The BRI strives to provide a clear voice (internally and externally) for the entire BWH research community, raise the profile of research at BWH, develop mission-centric collaborations with external entities and engage the scientific community in fundraising.
BRI supports excellence by providing funding for centers. programs, the BWH community and specific projects with >$12.SM distributed to date.
The BRI supports our research community by sponsoring and co-sponsoring events, including Discover Brigham, leadership retreats, industry liaisons, scientific symposia and poster sessions; BRI has hosted >400 events .
The BRI provides a voice for BWH scientific community and works to bring greater visibility to BWH Research and has built >250 websites for Pis, studies and centers
The BRI has strong governance and provides transparency and representation; the Research Oversight Committee has met >100 times and SIX senior faculty members have served as BRI Director
The BRI supports communication projects in collaboration with other BWH departments, including the research connection email & LIVE lunch series, the research navigator portal and the research pages on Brighamandwomens.org
In science we bring together individuals 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 6 research focused centers that are open to any researcher in this area looking to form collaborations and develop their work through seminars, 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.